Job Interview Question: “Tell me about yourself.”
You are in the interview room facing interview board members and answering questions that could shape your future.
Beware of the situation, it is perfectly acceptable to be a little shaky & anxious, but you must put on a confident looking face. In fact, be confident.
Don’t tell them about your health, hobbies or any of your personal problems. The interviewers are there for a purpose. They expect you to establish your authority and stamp your ability to do justice to the job under discussion.
This is your opportunity to provide an overview of your experience and background relating to the job.
Tell them about achievements or projects led by you, and how that success has prepared you for the job you’re interviewing for.
The interviewers expect you to come out with evidence supporting your claim of worthiness for the job.
Here is one such example:
“I have six years of shop floor experience, as the Assistant Factory Manager at XYZ Company, and was in-charge of production scheduling and output. During that time, I redesigned the workflow that enabled us to meet targets every month and, in fact, surpassing them more often.
This efficiency saved the company 20 days’ worth of overtime and expenses over the last six months.
Ability to manage time is one of my greatest skills, and I’m sure, I can easily transfer this knowledge to the Factory Manager position you’re offering here.”
P.S. I got the job and, I have got two promotions in this company during the past three years.