“Tell me about yourself” – this is usually
the first question you will hear in an interview. Giving a good answer means that you will create
a strong, positive impression on the interviewer. In this video, I will give you a three-step
formula to give the perfect answer to this question every time. So let’s talk about it. So you go into the interview room, shake hands
with the interviewer (or interviewers, if there’s more than one person), and you sit
down. And then comes the question – “Tell me
about yourself.” How do you begin? Well, the best way to start your answer is
with a 1-sentence introduction. This sentence should summarize who you are. For example, if I were applying for a teaching
job, I would say “I am an English teacher and teacher trainer with 7 years’ experience
in the ESL industry.” ESL means English as a Second Language. Notice that this sentence tells you that I
am an English teacher, I’m also a teacher trainer (meaning that I train other teachers),
and that I have 7 years’ experience in the field. So it’s a good summary of me as the candidate
for the job. Now, if you just graduated from college, and
you’re applying for your first job, you can say: “I am a recent graduate with a
BBA in Operations Management” for example. So, this is the introduction. After this, you should say three to five sentences
about your achievements. These sentences should show why you are a
good fit for this job. This part is where you impress the interviewer. If I were a candidate, I would talk about
my successes as a teacher: I would say that I specialize in teaching business English
to professionals. I’d mention the fact that I have trained
executives from multinational corporations. I’d then say that the success of my training
programs have made these clients repeat customers – meaning that they have come back to my
company for more training. Finally I would mention that I do teacher
training, helping English teachers to deliver better lessons in their classrooms. These are my strong points. When you prepare your answer, think of three
to five points about your achievements. If you are a recent graduate, mention your
accomplishments in college (like your projects), and your other academic successes. Now, at this point, the interviewer must be
impressed with you. They will have gained a good deal of respect
for your skills. But, they might be thinking – well, you’ve
done all this and you sound like a real professional, but why do you want to come and work here
– in this company? So, your closing statement should be your
answer for why you want this job. And here, it’s never good to say “I hate
my boss” or “all my coworkers are plotting against me” or something else that’s negative
about your present job. Instead, if you’re changing jobs, you should
make it sound positive. I might say “I’m very happy in my current
job, but I’m looking for a more challenging role. One where I can use my skills in a managerial
position. That’s why I want this job.” Or, if I were a recent graduate, I would say
“I am looking for a job where I can put my education and skills to use, where I will
be challenged to grow and learn, and contribute to the success of the company.” And with this closing statement, you end your
answer. OK, now that you know the formula, let me
show you my complete answer as an example. Imagine that I’m applying to be a senior
English teacher at a language school. I go in for the interview, and the interviewer
says “Tell me about yourself”. Here’s my answer: I am an English teacher
and teacher trainer with 7 years’ experience in the ESL industry. I specialize in teaching business English
to professionals and have trained executives from a number of multinational corporations. My training programs for these companies have
focused on making their executives better communicators, particularly in working with
their overseas colleagues and customers. Thanks to the success of these programs, many
corporate clients have become repeat customers for the company I work for. Aside from teaching business English, I have
also delivered workshops for teachers, aiming to help them teach English with a more practical,
communicative, skills-based approach. Needless to say, I’m very happy in my current
job, it’s extremely fulfilling, but I’m looking for a more challenging managerial
role where I can apply my teaching expertise, and that’s why I’m here today. So remember the formula – start with a strong
introduction, then talk about 3-5 of your achievements, and finally, end with a statement
on why you want this job. Before we close this lesson, just a couple
of quick tips: When you answer this question, it’s not good to talk about your family
or your hobbies or other interests. Because all that information is not important
to the interviewer – he or she is only trying to decide whether you are a good candidate
for the job. And if they want to know about your personal
life, they can ask you later in the interview. Second, in some interviews, instead of the
question “tell me about yourself”, your interviewer might say “walk me through your
resume” or “walk me through your background”. This means the interviewer is asking you to
start with your first job or your education and then go through your experience, ending
with your current role. In that case, spend just a little bit of time
talking about each job, still focusing on your achievements, what difference you made
to the companies you worked for, and what skills you acquired there. Spend the most time talking about your accomplishments
in your current job (or your more recent educational qualification if you’re a recent graduate). Alright, remember that the key to giving the
perfect answer is to focus on your achievements, keep your answer relevant, speak naturally,
and conduct yourself like a professional. If you can do this, I’m sure you will be
very successful in your job search. If you have any questions at all, feel free
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