With the positioning approach to answering the interview question “tell me about yourself,” you’re matching your skills and achievements to the needs of the interviewer.
While it is the best of all approaches to answering this, the mother of all killer interview questions, some of the job candidates who I’ve coached wonder if by using the technique interviewers will think they’ve rehearsed the answer.
Of course prospective employers know you have a well-rehearsed answer. But they’re listening to how well you’ve prepared and how you deliver it. Unless you rehearse thoroughly beforehand, you’ll be caught off guard just like those unprepared job candidates who provide rambling answers with few specifics. Such applicants are perceived by interviewers as poorly focused job seekers who may not be the best candidate for the job.
When you deliver the positioned approach to the question, “tell me about yourself,” you will have positioned yourself to be a perfect fit for the job.
There are more typical interview questions you need to know how to answer. Examples are “what are your weaknesses,” “why do you want to work here,” “where do you want to be five years from now,” “what makes you stand out from other applicants,” and “why is it taking you so long to find a job?”
I coach you how to answer those toughies—and many more— in my new book, “Your One Minute Job Finding Coach.”
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