Job interview - tell me more about yourself

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* A person is defined in three ways: (1) who he is right now, (2) what he has done in the past, and (3) what he will become in the future.
So, here is how you answer: (1) I am a [the job title for which you are applying or something very close.] (2) I have [how many years of experience] in [what field, what subject]. (3) I want to be [a job title that is a couple or a few levels above thecurrent position for which you are applying in 5 to 10 years.] Close your answer with an affirmative question: "Is there anything else you want to know?"
* You should be very straightforward and honest in replying to this question. The interviewer wants to check if what you have mentioned in your resume is correct or not.
* I would answer the question based on who is interviewing me? If it's asales manager/Technical Manager/Human resources manager? Depending on the person's field I'll have to mend the answer to please him... I feel that everyone's goals are different... so analyze that and then answer.
* Answer this question with your 30-second "elevator speech" about yourself. The standard format for this speech is... "I am a (BLANK), who does (WHAT)." In my case... I am a PROJECTMANAGER, who PROVIDES QUALITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, Blah, Blah, Blah. (you get the idea).
* Let me share what my recruiting office tells its candidates as they head out for that crucial face-to-face interview. When asked to "tell me about yourself," say, "I will gladly answer that question, but may I first ask you a question? (They ALWAYS say yes) So that I may better focus my answer, what arethe issues you want me to address should you hire me? Once they share with you what they need to have you do, then proceed to address how your training, education, skills, and experience can best resolve these issues. By answering in this fashion, you have proven that you know how to focus ... and that you have what's needed to fix the issues they need to have fixed. It's always a winner ... andbeats the heck out of, "Well, let's see, I was born on a small farm in Idaho ..."
* I suggest you go into the interview with a few "talking points" about yourself, in other words things you want the interviewer to know about you. Then you try to hit those points in response to any questions you are asked, such as "tell us about yourself." Also be sure to have copies of your resume with you andoffer them. In general, interviews go better when you spend them listening and don't talk. If the interviewer is just telling you about the job, you might have a good shot at it.
* This is the chance for you to run down a 30-60 second sales pitch for yourself. The employer doesn't want to know that you like gardening or have four dogs. Here's where you start usually with your education andhighlight selling points about your skills, experience and goals.
* The secret to successfully responding to this free-form request is to focus, script and practice. You cannot afford to wing this answer, as it will affect the rest of the interview. Begin to think about what you want the interviewer to know about you.

List five strengths you have that are pertinent to this job (experiences,traits, skills, etc.). What do you want the interviewer to know about you when you leave?
Prepare a script that includes the information you want to convey. Begin by talking about past experiences and proven success:

Next, mention your strengths and abilities:
* "My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines.When I commit to doing something, I make sure it gets done, and on time."
* Conclude with a statement about your current situation:
* "What I am looking for now is a company that values customer relations, where I can join a strong team and have a positive impact on customer retention and sales."
* Practice with your script until you feel confident about what you want to emphasize in...
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