How To Answer Tell Me About Yourself?


You submitted a resume and you waited and you waited patiently and finally you got that phone call and now you got the interview, you're sitting across the table and the hiring manager smiles and asks the question, tell me about your self. And you panic and you don't know what to do. You don't know what to say. You start to stutter. And halfway through the conversation, you say to yourself, Oh, I blew it. Why did I even say that? You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Usually that hiring manager makes up his or her mind in the first three minutes during the interview.

So today I'm going to share with you , what is the best response to the question Tell me about yourself.

Let me give you a couple of keys first, key number one, when the hiring managers are asking you the questionTell me about yourself,they are not actually asking about your whole life story,they are not asking about your parents, your your background and and your dog's name and what kind of cat do you have? It is not about that. So when people hear that question, they think, oh, let me tell you my life story. And twenty minutes into it, you have not talk about anything important. So what they're actually asking is, what are you bringing to the table? So from now on, when you hear , tell me about yourself question. I want you to make the mental switch that equals what value could you bring to the company? What problems can you solve for the company? That's what they are asking. And you shouldn't go on and on and on about all your background and all of that. No, don't do that.

Key number two, be yourself, but be your best self. See, one of the mistakes people make is they believe in the interview. Well, you know, I just want to be myself. Yes. You want to be yourself, but you want to be your best self. You want to be authentic. You don't want to be fake. But it doesn't mean that you just share everything. This the first time you just sitting across the table from a hiring manager. It's like a date, you just get to know each other. This is like a coffee date. So make sure that you present your best self right. Lead with your strong foot forward. So when they are asking you the question, if you think that you share any statement that you make, you always want to tie it back to what's in it for them, wiifm what's in it for them. So let me give you an example. Let's say someone is hiring and you applying for a social media manager position, and the hiring manager is asking you, well tell me about yourself? . The typical response, someone might say:

"" well you know, I grew up with social media and I've used social media for a long, long time my whole life, actually. So I'm very familiar with it. And just about three years ago and I thought to myself, hey, you know, maybe I could actually make a living doing this. So I started playing around with it and, you know, took on a couple of clients here and there. And I've worked with a with a couple of people and now, you know, I'm planning to get married. And my fiancee told me that, you know, I should get a stable job. And I'm looking for a company that offers good, you know, growth, potential, good growth opportunity. And also this displeases, you know, not too far from my home. So it's good. There's only a ten minute drive.""

 You see the problem like that? It's all me, me, me..

It's all about that person, what they need and all of that stuff, that idea. Now, how do you feel if you are the hiring manager? When you ask that question,so instead of rambling on about that, about my background and all this stuff, if you turn it into a benefit, what's in it for them? What's in it for the company? what's in it for the hiring manager? What could you say? 

I'm going to give you a simple formula. Write it down. *3 S*. First Success, now, here's a script that you could use. "I have been..." , "All my background is...".

So let me demonstrate. This is the same position, social media manager that you're playing. So first success.

"  I've been doing social media for the last three years and I specialize in helping companies and entrepreneurs growing their Facebook fan page. And in the last three years alone, I've helped dozens of clients in over ten different industries. And on average, I've been able to help my clients to really increase the engagement and grow their fan base by three to five hundred percent in less than six months. And that's what I am passionate about. In fact, I have listed some of those clients that I've worked with in the reference letter"

You see how that works. You're talking about your success, but without bragging, it's more to demonstrate and showcase your skill set. What are you good at? That's step number one success. And then step number two is Strength. And he is to script." My strength is..." or "my real strength is in the..." 

"My real strength is my ability to truly understand what your audience wants. I pride myself on my reputation to creating engaging and compelling content. I know your audience loved and want to share. "

Third, Situation. Meaning how does that apply to the position that you apply? How do you apply your background, your strength into the new company?

" What I am looking for is... ",  what I am looking for is for..."

"What I'm looking for is a company that I could add value to, that I could produce a positive return on investment for where I could join a strong team. Is this what ABC company is looking for? You see, at the end, you ask a question, whoever asks a question controls the conversation, so you want to ask a question and then now the hiring manager would be like, OK, yeah, I guess that's what I'm looking for. No, that's not what we're looking for. And you go from there, just because you are in an interview, it doesn't mean that you don't need to sell"

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