This common interview question keeps coming up in my coaching calls.

I don’t know why it throws job seekers off balance?

It might seem like an easy win of an interview question—after all, you know all about yourself! And good thing, too, because it’s often the very first thing an interviewer will ask you to do—whether you’re having a preliminary phone screen, speaking to your prospective boss, or sitting down with the CEO during the final round.

Responding to this invitation to talk about yourself in the context of a job interview  Does make you feel stressful..

Take a breath,  you got this one!

It is simple, don’t share your entire  life story.

Remember this is often your first impression, and it matters.

Tailor your answer to the role and company

Don’t Ramble

The reason most hiring managers ask this question, is because it does help them plan the direction of their additional interviewing questions.

How at ease you are, did your answer spark an interest?

Basically, it  helps recruiters and hiring managers accomplish one of their major goals in the hiring process: getting to know you.

If you answer it well, the interviewers will begin to find out why you’re the best candidate for this job, in terms of hard skills and experience as well as soft skills. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate that you can communicate clearly and effectively, connect with and react to other humans, and present yourself professionally.

Let’s practice answering this question.

As your Career Coach, I will take the stress away, when you are asked this question.


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