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    What is the best way to answer the interview question "Tell me about yourself"?


    Wondering what to answer for an opening question in personal interview? Looking out for getting advice and tentative answers here? Check out this page for response from experts and decide the best answers.

    I would like to know how to answer the interview question "Tell me about yourself". In almost all the interviews this will be the first question and answering this properly will give the best impression for the interviewer. I understand the answer will not be the same for everyone with this question. But definitely, there will be some key points or guidelines we need to follow while answering this question. I would like to know those tips for answering properly from experienced ISC members.
  • #153189
    This is the most usual question asked in the interviews and in fact it is the starting point. As regards your educational qualifications and past job records, everything is with the interview members so they are not interested to know that.

    In my perception what they are interested to know is an honest description of your strengths and weaknesses, if any, in a concise manner. They will be knowing these things in the end of the interview anyway but it is better if what they infer and what you tell them match with each other.

    You can tell them your ambitions, plan for the future in the organisation if you get the job, your feelings towards the humanity, attitude for cleanliness and things like that. Please note that these things are not to be told in a boastful and egoistic manner but it should be in the true spirit of your own character. So your expression will tell them your nature and the degree of adaptability you possess for working in an work environment.

    There is no need to be vocal. Simply summarize your views in a minimum time possible. Do not waste their time. Whatever you want to tell, say it with confidence and a hidden will to deliver.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #153193
    This is the very first question by which any interview starts. This question seems very simple but it is very tricky. It gives you a chance to make first impression. Normally this very first question is asked by the chairman of the interview to initiate the interview process. Other members will then follow after getting the overall information about the candidate, his or her qualifications, subject interest, hobbies and achievements.

    This question normally gives an idea of candidate's overall well being starting with speaking skills, attitude towards life and his body language. You will be given normally 2-3 minutes time but it is not specifically mentioned about the time line. They will not interrupt you. This is the question whose answer will lead to the next few questions.

    Follow this tips to answer such type of questions.
    Start with your first name only (because they already knew your details with document given to them). You can then briefly give your last academic qualification because they can guess the earlier qualifications by common sense. If you are holding PhD, then do not say that I did bachelor and master degree and then PhD. Give your total job experience in a digit. Do not say the complete details about each job description. But mention the job profile which suits the current company for which you have applied. Give family details in very few sentence. Highlight the welfare activities or other activities other than the job or study. This gives an indication to the interviewer about your qualities other than the field. At last give your passion as well as the part of the job profile which you are always interested to be working in.

    Dr. Paresh B. Gujarati.
    Mechanical Engineer.
    'I'mprovement always begins with 'I'.

  • #153197
    This question gives you an opportunity to present yourself to the interview board member in a most attractive manner. One should utilise this occasion to make the interview board members feel that you are the right person for the post. When this question is asked many people do the mistake of telling all details which were already available in the write up submitted. Instead of giving those details you can straightaway start with your positives and which are useful for the post applies. You can narrate briefly about your experience and relate that experience to the needs of the present position. Also, try to mention your knowledge in the area of the job you are looking for. You can also utilise the time to mention special qualities, awards and gifts you have acquired and any other achievements after applying for the post. You can also mention the reasons for the change also so that they need not ask you another question. Somewhere during the course of the discussion, it is better to mention a little about your weaknesses, if any. Try to show your interest in the job also during the conversation. Please plan the talk before you go for the interview. Try to be as brief as possible and don't go for more than 10 minutes of time.
    Be clear in your voice and make the statements confidently and don't try to use very difficult words in your conversation. Try to give more importance to the facts which will give you an edge for selection.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #153202
    Of course, this seems to be an intelligent question and is now being introduced in most of the interviews specifically designed for the selection of the executives. Such question offers the aspirant an opportunity to reveal one's temperament. However, while narrating the merits or demerits, caution has to be exercised so that one should restrict to minimum words while projecting the merits. The Board is always watchful how the aspirant represents himself.
    Selection of right words, maintaining polity and avoiding the contradictory expression would lead to success and again in respect of demerits, avoid telling that you are forgetful, impulsive in your dealing and sometimes excited depending upon the situation.
    You can add that you cannot leave without helping a senior citizen in distress, offering tofees to children all the time when they do a commendable job.
    In nut - shell, your presentation should be a balanced one devoid of exaggeration and should reflect your mental alertness.

  • #153204
    Yes this is the first question what an interviewer asks. In my opinion we should start with our personal detail like from where we did schooling and college, then with the past working experience and share what job profile we had there and what achievements we had in our previous jobs.

    Then we should talk about our family background in short, about our hobbies. We should discuss in detail about our strengths and weaknesses, this is important as every interviewer is interested to know about your strength. Always get well prepared for the question " why do you want to leave your present job?". You must give some logical answer for it.

    Most of the employers want to know much about your during the interview and correlate if you may get fit to the job or not. So its better to tell honestly about yourself.

    Sanjeev

    " It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not" ... Andre Gide

  • #153205
    In an interview, certain experts ask this question in order to assess the candidate's self assessment. And also to know weather the candidate is self centred. There are people who try to project himself with details which are not originally possessed by him. If such a candidate is facing this type of questions, his answers will clearly bring out certain facts which are false. Main reason for asking this type of questions is getting individual's stand in related issues, which help assessing him and knowing whether he is suited for the post for which the interview is conducted.
    Personally, I had to sit in the interview boards for selecting teachers at the University level. There I had to use this technique in order to know the candidate's actual level of knowledge of the subject.

    T.M.Sankaran
    Gold Member ISC

  • #153210
    In interview board the persons sitting as board members sometimes start with general questions like the one given in this query. Other similar question could be like - how do you think yourself suitable for this job - etc.

    These questions are asked only to see how nicely you can put up yourself in front of those examiners. You can not bluff as your educational certificates are telling your worth to them. So it is necessary that one has to be calm, patient and try to be prudent and humble in answering such questions.

    One can describe oneself in clear ways especially how one thinks about that job and what has motivated one to come to this interview desk.

    If you can make them understand your objective in joining that particular job, you are successful in your communication.

    So, there is no need of fear and no need to overdo the things. One has to explain ones ambitions and career aspirations in a nutshell.

    The answer to that question is not going to select or reject you but a balanced answer will help the members to look for your qualifications and other details with a positive note.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #153213
    Answer to this question is not important if you are experienced person and switching job. This is important for freshers and people who do non technical work like HR and administration. So it depends on what are you.
    If you are fresher going for technical interview or HR interview then
    1. Always greet front panel and start from your main academics.
    2. Explain your roles in main academic activities.
    3. Explain your achievements.

    If you are experienced and switching job then
    1. Always greet front panel and start from your main academics.
    2. Explain your past employer work you have done.
    3. Explain your challenges and achievements in past employment work.

    All the best.

    Avi
    Life Is Beautiful

  • #153228
    It is one way of interview to get the details from the applicant him or herself. This is asked to them to know how he/she suitable for the job applied for. The candidate is expected to explain simply and narrative. Noway he or she should take up the time dragged by telling unwanted or unconnected things.

  • #153273
    This is one of the standard question from most of the HR across.

    You have to tell about yourself in short and sweet.

    First tell your full name, like, well, my name is...and don't say 'this is....' (which indicates to some places or things) though few used to tell it around while they introducing themselves (which is incorrect one).

    Then...tell them about your born and brought place.

    Brief them about your parents (Mom- Homemaker or working, and, dad - professional detail).

    Brief them about your education from LKG to last education course / degree / diploma etc., or, at least last one College than LKG or School.

    Brief about your additional qualification (Certificate and Diploma etc.).

    Brief about your work experience (if any) in order wise or resume wise (Trainee, first job till the last one).

    Brief about your Hobby (if they are ready to listen patiently or you can skip it) like reading books and traveling etc.

    Hope you got it.


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