(Closed) Interview: So, Tell me about yourself?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

No, in this question, you give background on your work history, your interests surrounding those positions, and how you pursued opportunities to better yourself.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

PS: If you volunteer places which have transferrable work skills, mention that too.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@StuporDuck:  Yep! They don’t want to know about you personally, they want to know about you professionally.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I’d keep it pretty career based and focus a bit on goals. If you have a super interesting hobby or volunteer for a charity it’s worth mentioning but stay away from “Well, where do I begin? I was born…” and “My favourite TV shows are…” When they ask that I find they’re really asking “What makes you a good fit for this job and our company culture?”

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I’ve honestly never gotten that question.. but I think a professional answer would be something like “well I studied at x university and majored in __ which is why I worked at  ____ right out of school.  I worked there for n years but I didn’t enjoy blah and wanted to be more challenged, so I started looking for other opportunities.”  Just a history of where you’ve worked/specialize in, I wouldn’t go into hobbies unless the interviewer specifically asks you about them.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah, I hate that one. But, if it helps, I was told that if I was asked that in one of my interviews, to mentally insert at the end “as a professional in this field.” 

So, when they asked “Tell me about yourself” I heard “Tell me about what kind of professor you’ll be.”

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I just had to deal with this the other day. I met with the CEO of my new company, and as soon as I sat down at the table on the patio, I got “so everyone has a story, whats yours?” I HATE that question. I always blank. I told him about I had just moved explaining the break in my resume, and a little about the last job I was at.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I might try to find something about myself that would help in the given job. Like you might say your dad was in the army, so you traveled alot as a child and you like the challenge of adapting to a new environment and learning new things.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

They want to know, stated simply: what you have been up to and what your interests are- and HOW they relate to this position.  By the way, I own a copy of “What color is your parachute?” and it has some good interview answers to questions like this.

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