Article8 - The most popular job interview
"Tell Me All About
One of the most common job interview questions
is ‘Tell me all about yourself’’ Often asked by an interviewer as an ice-breaker at the start of
the job interview.
The interviewer may ask the
question because they haven’t read your resume and know little about you. They may ask the
question because they are new to job interviewing and have little idea how to proceed. It may be
the job interviewer is stalling for time and wants to see what the candidate has to say before
plunging headlong into a series of more probing job related
Either way this question gives you a great opportunity
to summarise your job skills. It allows you to demonstrate exactly why you are a perfect fit for
There are two key things
that every job hunter wants to do when answering this question. Firstly they want to make this
job hunting summary match the job description. Secondly they want to make sure that you appear
to be the perfect interview candidate for the job.
It is one of the most
common job interview questions so you should have a prepared job summary statement which lists
your job skills and personal characteristics.
The job summary statement
of any candidate can in fact be created in reverse. The job description will list the required
work related skills and experience. Secondly it will also list the personal attributes that you
need in order to fulfil the requirements of the job. Use this to match against your job skills
The personal summary
statement should be 30 to 40 words long. It should cover what you have done, the experience you
have gained, the skills that you have learnt and the personal attributes you will bring to the
Although not directly part
of the job summary statement you should have prepared a number of job related examples to
substantiate your claims. Having said who you are and what you have done you can, if allowed the
opportunity go on to explain through this series of job related examples. This should make clear
the benefits you bring to the organisation.
The final point about
listing the job related benefits is key to your success. The job interviewer wants to be able to
picture in their mind exactly how your job candidacy can benefit their organisation. A list of
job related skills and attributes is one thing but listing the benefits you bring to the job is
much more powerful.