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Essential Tips on Answering "Describe Yourself"
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    "Describe yourself or Tell me something about yourself". It's one of the most common (and a tough nut to crack) job interview questions. Many people cave in on this common question that sets the tone for the rest of an interview.

    Interviewers ask this question because it aligns with the company’s overarching goal—getting to know you. An interviewer wants to understand who you are and how you would contribute to the organization. By allowing you to have the floor, an interviewer can find something they may not have otherwise learned about you.

    As a job seeker, knowing how to answer, "Describe yourself", gives you a great opportunity to project your skills and experience that make you the perfect fit for the job. And because it’s a question that many hiring managers lead with, it's also your way to start off on the right foot.

    Essential Tips on Answering "Describe Yourself"

    Keep it professional and concise - Interviewees often start narrating their life stories which can make the answer sound boring. Stick to your main selling points and spend some time reviewing the job description in the recruitment ad for the position and researching the company. The duration of your response can be anywhere from two to three minutes long. Too much longer and you will start to lose the interviewer's interest. Too short and you'll be missing a great opportunity to get the interviewer excited about what you have to offer.

    Structure your answer correctly - Prepare a short script that highlights your profile relevant abilities, strengths and areas of expertise. Follow that with the reasons you’re applying for the job, focusing on career-related motivations such as the desire to build your experience and take on added responsibilities. Conclude with a brief statement explaining why working for this specific company appeals to you.

    Do not mug up your answer - When constructing your answer, don’t worry about memorizing or using the exact same words each time. Just have a few bullet points in your mind that touch on each question. The interviewer won’t know if you say something in a different order or leave something out. What’s most important is that you share a bit about your passion, experience and desire to have the job.

    Remember the adage - Your first impression is the best impression - With the advancement of Internet technology, the opportunity to connect with anyone, anywhere, at anytime becomes a reality. More and more we see companies incorporating video interviews into their day-to-day and it’s becoming commonplace in the hiring process. Things like facial expressions, posture, gestures and tone of voice often say more than an entire paragraph of sentences.

    In a video resume / virtual interview, you can recreate the “real-time” experience with a strong introduction and first impression. Greet the interviewer enthusiastically. Maintain eye contact by looking directly into the camera, rather than looking at the screen. Ensure that there is proper lighting and no background disturbances. Show your energy through your body language - lean in and be mindful not to cross your arms. And take a moment to connect, as you would if you were walking the hallways on your way to a meeting room.

    Stay calm, embrace the awkward moments positively that come with virtual connect, and don’t forget to smile.

    All the best!
  • July 10, 2021  by biofie content team
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