We’ve all been there-sitting across from a stranger who holds the key to our dream job, our opportunity to advance or our chance at more money. Our palms are slightly sweaty and we wonder what the interviewer is thinking as they look at us. As harrowing as the interview process can be, you can reduce some of your anxiety by the reminding yourself this is a two-way street. You are there to interview the company and ensure it is a fit for you just as much as they want to see if you are a fit for them.
We have all been on interviews where we are subjected to the dreaded “Tell me about yourself” question. “Tell me about yourself” means tell me about your qualifications and how they relate to the position for which you are interviewing. Why are you here? What brought you to the point that you are now sitting across from an interviewer asking for a job? This is your time to provide your story… your professional story. Start with your education and then describe your past employment (employment that is relevant to the position) including your performance.
“What are some of your best qualities?” Your response to this question should be professional and relate to the job. An interviewer would want to know if you are always on time, have integrity, are honest (even when no one is watching), are hardworking, willing to admit mistakes, outgoing, persuasive, organized and adaptable. As you provide your list of qualities, don’t forget to give examples.
Preparation is the key to a successful interview. Every time you answer one of the Interviewer’s questions, you need to ensure you find a way to answer the unspoken question: Can you do the job and will we like you while you’re doing it?