How to Talk About Yourself in an Interview

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The interview is like the final exam before graduation. To succeed, it helps to know certain key information in advance. Key information includes knowing what the company is looking for and how it operates and knowing what to expect in terms of interview questions. "Tell me about yourself" is one of the most commonly asked interview questions. It is usually asked at the start of the interview and generally sets the tone for the remainder of the process.

  • Research the company. You know what you are applying for, but you need to find out what the company needs from the advertised position. Utilize any resources you have to find out the needs of the organization, such as its website or by asking someone you know within the business.

  • Analyze your personality and think back on your key accomplishments. According to the website TheLadders, an employer does not really want to know about you personally during the interview. Rather, the employer needs to know how you will fit into the company.

  • Develop a quick response that describes your personality in relation to how it would fit with the needs of the company and provide examples from your experience that support your response.

  • Practice delivering your answer prior to the interview. Your answer should sound polished but not rehearsed.

  • Deliver your answer confidently but succinctly. According to TheLadders, you should not take more than one minute to answer this question.

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