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How to Answer "Tell me about yourself" on a Job Interview

One of the most common questions our clients ask is, “Okay, I now have an updated resume and cover letter, a fresh LinkedIn profile….but how do I answer the most frequent job interview questions??


Oftentimes, we see candidates ramble on and on and get into too much detail, sometimes even including details irrelevant to the interviewer, while other times candidates keep it so short that the interviewer is forced to ask more probing questions to get a satisfactory answer.


Here’s what the interviewer is really looking for - a brief insight into the candidate’s goals, experiences and achievements and what prompted them to apply for the position.


Here are some strategies to help you navigate through this crucial first question:


Practice while giving yourself a time limit - a minute, or a minute-and-a -half at most should give you enough time to cover everything you need to

  1. Organize your response - rather than looking at it as one long statement, separate it into a beginning, middle and an end.

  2. Keep in mind the position you're applying for, and it’s specific requirements and responsibilities.


At Maple Road, our live-coaching interview prep sessions are designed to help job seekers understand the “WHY” behind any question the interviewer may ask through active listening and critical thinking, as well as learning the fundamentals of body language and non-verbal communication techniques.


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