When looking for a job, you will find that ‘tell me about yourself’ is perhaps the most frequent question asked by interviewers! No matter what field you are in, this question often comes first on their interview questions list and it’s used to help them get a sense of whom you are. Apart from getting to you know better, however, interviewers also ask you this question to assess:
- How you handle yourself in an unstructured interview.
- How articulate you are.
- How confident you are.
- What you think is most important.
- What type of impression you would make to other people, e.g.: clients.
While you may think this is a difficult question, it actually isn’t, as it can give you the opportunity to describe yourself positively and draw attention to your key strengths. Also, since it is a relatively simple question, it acts as an interview icebreaker which is very effective in terms of reducing stress.
Now, in order to help you be as prepared as possible for your next job interview, here are the steps to help you answer this question:
#1 Think of a problem
The most effective way to capture the interviewer’s attention is to tell a story. This storytelling approach will help you explain employers what you are good at as well as what you love doing. Since employers are looking for problem solvers, it is important that you refer to how you have managed to overcome a specific problem in the past. Having said that, you should mention what kind of problems you love to solve and associate it with a problem the company may be facing.
#2 Explain how you can solve the problem
The next step will be to explain how you can help the company resolve the problem. Referring to your experience, knowledge and skills, show them why you are the right fit for the job and provide detailed recommendations in regards to facing the problem. How are these going to save the company or generate more profits? Employers will love the fact that you have taken the time to consider ways to help the company develop. This also states how much value you can bring to the company and encourages employers to think how desperately they need you.
#3 Refer to your interest in the job
After you finish explaining how you can help the company, refer to how the company can help you. Explain why you want this position and how it’s going to help you develop professionally. Linking back to where you explained how good a problem solver you are, clearly state that you want this job since it will allow you to do more of this problem solving and that, at the same time, it will help the employer by making their life easier!
The secret to successfully answering this question is to tell a story. Refer to the problems you can solve, back that up with your experience and tell employers you want your next job to allow you to do this kind of problem solving!