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    Ideas: 3 Common Interview Question (Tell Me About Yourself)

    Three tips in order to answer the "Tell me about yourself" interview question the right way, so that you can stand out in front of hiring managers and ideally, land more job offers. Now before we begin, there are a couple of ground rules you need to know before you can develop the perfect answer to this question.

    Rule #1: Do not talk about your personal or family life.

    When someone asks you, "tell me about yourself," they're not actually asking you to tell them about your personal life choices, and the mistakes that you've learned from, and how you got here as a human being. They're not actually asking you to "tell them about yourself" they're actually asking youto tell them about your qualifications, your experiences, as well as why you're a good fit for this role. That's it. They just want to know about your professional background and experience in a nutshell.

    Rule #2: Do tell a story.

    Even though I said, you shouldn't be telling them about your LIFE story, you do want to tell them your professional work story. I'll get into details about this a little later, but essentially, a good professional work story means, that it needs to be engaging, compelling, clear and complete. So, now that we've got the ground rules out of the way, let's move onto our four major tips on how to answer the "tell me about yourself" interview question. Okay, so let's start off with Tip #3.

    Tip #3 is to give a snapshot of your work history.

    So what this means is, you're going to go back in time to the earliest professional job you've ever held and you're going to start your story from there. So essentially, you're going to describe what company you worked at, what title you held when you were in that position, how long you stayed in that position for, and, most importantly, what were your major responsibilities in that position. So for example, let's just say that you started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst.
    Okay, let's just make this up. Let's just use another accounting example.

    You started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst and then you moved up to Senior Financial Analyst and now, you're a Finance Manager. When you tell your story, you're going to start off with your role as a financial analyst. And you're going to say something along the lines of, so now you're going to do that for each and every one of your positions.

    You're essentially telling mini work snapshots for every position that you've held up to the current position that you're holding right now. So after you've told the employer about the company you were at, the title that you held, the number of years you were there for and the major responsibilities that you had in that position, you're then going to describe one major accomplishment that you were able to achieve in that role.

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