Posted On January 2,2020
‘Tell me about yourself in a few lines’ - A simple question which becomes the toughest one to answer for an interviewee.
How do you start answering it? What aspects do you cover - academics, work experience, hobbies etc.?
But, you have mentioned it all in your resume, right?
Our today’s blog dives into a few areas which will help you craft an answer that makes your interview engaging.
Why do the interviewers ask this question?
Candidates are nervous during the initial phases of an interview. To break the ice and make the interviewee feel comfortable, the interviewers begin the discussion by asking “Tell me about yourself”.
He or she also tries to suss out your communication skills, ability to summarise your professional history in a few lines and know a few things which haven’t been mentioned on the resume.
When you describe your personal and professional journey (which you know very well), you feel more confident and enthusiastic to answer other questions. It leads the way to a smooth conversation between the interviewer and you.
However, most interviewees fail in answering this question correctly. They read line-by-line from the resume or go into specifics of each job or education experience. It isn’t the right approach!
How to craft an appealing answer?
Before we dive deeper into the key components of an engaging answer, let’s have a look at some do’s and don’ts:
PRO TIP: As a fresher, you can talk about your internships or any projects completed during college time.
PRO TIP: If you’re a fresher, mention your meritorious grades or proficient knowledge of a particular subject. It will help the interviewer in understanding how will you add value to his or her organisation.
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