Tell something about yourself?
It’s the most common interview question, but strangely most of the candidates don’t spend time to prepare for it. I think because the question seems to be so disarming and informal, we drop our guard and shift into ramble mode.
Resist all temptation to do so and prepare well because at the end of this question interviewer has almost made up his mind about you. Most of the candidates will answer this question in a monotonous style “my name is xxx I am a student of yyy college or working in aaa company”. Or others who just keep on jabbering for hours about themselves that panelist has to cut him out.
Your interviewer is not looking for a very short description or a 10-minute dissertation here. Instead, offer a razor sharp sentence or two that sets the stage for further discussion and sets you apart from your competitors.
Give them “A synopsis about you” answer, specifically your Unique Selling Proposition. Known as a personal branding or a value-added statement, the USP is a succinct, description of who you are, your biggest strengths and the major achievements in life.
This answer will make a difference in your interview. You will feel more confident and proud about yourself and your interviewer will be sitting forward in her chair giving you her full attention. The ball is now back in her court and you have the beginnings of a real discussion and not an interrogation process.
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