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Talking About Yourself During a Job Interview: It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard to Do

360training.com November 30, 2015 0


You’ve sat down with a hiring manager from a desirable company. You want to ace this interview and get started. And then, they ask you: “Tell me about yourself.” As one of the most commonly asked interview questions, the company’s intentions are very straightforward. They want to know who you are, why you are here, and perhaps most importantly, how well you fit into the company.

Don’t Restate What They Know

You’re being interviewed for a reason. The company’s recruitment specialists read your resume and checked your professional background. Study your resume and don’t focus on redundant information. Instead, when asked about who you are, talk about skills, traits, and other career highlights that may add value to what they already know. Use this opportunity to get your message across.

Develop an Elevator Pitch

Long before your interview, develop a 45-second commercial about yourself. If it helps, try to think about yourself in third-person. Write down a set of skills, personality traits, and details about what makes you unique. Focus on what’s most important to you—and relate it to the job that you’re applying for. If you were selling yourself as a product on a TV commercial, what would you talk about in a span of 45 seconds?

Find Keywords that Describe You

To answer this type of question, you need to use specific power words to help you to stand out and pique the interest of any hiring manager. Not sure where to start? Consider adding words like these to your “pitch” for a job:

  • Established
  • Specialist
  • Leader
  • Innovator
  • Team player
  • Professional
  • Skilled
  • Trusted

Which of these words describe you? Take the time to include other power words on your growing list!

Practice, Practice, Practice

Now that you have a basic idea of what your pitch is going be, start practicing. You don’t want your interview to sound like a script that you read back—practicing what you plan to say can help to take the edge off and give you more confidence. Try practicing in front of a mirror. You can also have a trusted friend or family member help you. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Clean up your language—avoid fillers like “um” and “you know.”
  • Speak with a casual conversation speed. Many people speed up their pitch because they’re nervous. Keep practicing until you find the right pace.
  • If you are seated, sit up straight. This will help you to look more confident. Remember, your body language says a lot.
  • Be positive, relax, smile, and keep eye contact with the people you are speaking to.

With the right tone and words, you’ll help the hiring manager see exactly why you are the ideal fit for the job. Are you ready to learn more about the commonly asked interview questions? Follow 360traning.com’s blog for more information and tips on boosting your career.

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