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How to tell people about yourself in an interview

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Wednesday, January 5, 2011
You're in an interview. The first thing the interviewer ask is "tell me about yourself." The question is broad and there's a million ways you could answer it. To avoid feeling put on the spot to summarize yourself in a minute or so, prepare for this question, because someone is going to ask it. Think of your summary like a cover letter; you've worked on a basic outline but then you go back and tailor each one to the specific job. Same goes for talking to people. Practice the basics now, and when you get an interview, nail down the specifics and practice some more.

In an interview, you don't want to ramble about your life, however fascinating it may be. You want to get to the point and highlight the skills and attributes that will appeal to the interviewer. Be confident, concise, and the door will be opened for the interviewer to ask you to elaborate about specific points. This way, you have steered the conversation towards the topics that you are most comfortable talking about. Interviews are much less stressful when you've prepared for questions like this. If you prevent yourself from being caught off-guard, then your confidence and poise will never falter!

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