Rachel McAdams waiting for a job interview in ‘Morning Glory’. Image: Rex
Chances are that as some point in your life, an interviewer has said to you, “Tell me about yourself”. It is one of the most common things to be presented with in a job interview, but it is also one of the most difficult to get right. Luckily, a Harvard student who received internship offers from Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs, among others, has shared her tips on how to perfectly answer this.
Jessica Pointing – who runs the career-advice website Optimize Guide – says that she was most frequently asked this in her numerous interviews.
“You should already know the answer off the top of your head,” Pointing told Business Insider. “It’s your elevator pitch. In addition to that, it’s probably going to be the first question in the interview. First impressions matter.”
So, how do you get it right? Pointing says it can be broken down into three parts. Firstly, start off with a brief introduction (your name, your university, what you studied), then delve into the highlights of your CV, don’t overdo it, just mention the accomplishments you are proudest of. Finally, briefly talk about why you want to work for the company and be specific to the role you are applying for and how your skills align with the position.
Pointing explains that, ultimately, you want to end by reminding the interviewer why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
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