Anyone that has ever taken part in a job interview should be prepared for the first “question.” Why do we put the word question in quotes? Because it really isn’t stated as a question. The first thing you typically will hear is, “tell me about yourself” or some form of that.

Job candidates must be prepared to handle this for each interview and be ready to tailor their response to each opportunity they are applying for. If you don’t have an idea of what you will say before getting into the interview, you might jumble your words and miss some key elements they are hoping to hear in your answer. This will set the tone for the rest of the interview, so take the time to get it right before you arrive.

We recommend sharing a few personal facts that tell who you are, interests, hobbies, volunteer organizations, etc. and then transitioning to what you do in your professional life. Mentioning personal facts helps break the ice and lets them know you are well rounded person.

When you move into the professional life information, be sure to showcase how that side of you will be a fit for the position you are interested in. Including key items they are looking for that match up with your past experience will help them understand why you are a good fit for the role. You can get that information from the job description, a recruiter you are working with, or current employees at the organization that you may have a relationship with already.

By taking the time to have a solid understanding of how you will answer this when you begin your interview, you will start confidently and that should set you up for success for the remainder of the questions that will come your way. If you are looking to make a career move, feel free to reach out to our team and we can discuss your career goals with you and help find the role that will be an ideal match. We’d be happy to help you craft your answer to this first “question” as well.