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How to Answer 'Tell Me About Yourself' in an Interview

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The 'Tell me about yourself' question is the most common opener in interviews and is not an invitation to recite your resume. Nor, spend two minutes talking about your favourite hobby. This is an opportunity – a predictable opportunity, to craft an engaging, intriguing executive summary of who you are and why you are there in the interview and start the interview with confidence and momentum. Learn how to do that in this article.

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How to Follow-Up after Interviewing

Maintaining a presence outside of the interview

Follow-up phone calls certainly aren’t out of the place, in particular if you have made it to the short-list, and if you have other opportunities that you are trying to manage. Here are some factors to consider:


It is always a good idea to understand where possible, where you are in the timing of a recruitment process. Candidates that get in early, often have to wait longer. Sometimes, you need to be patient (while of course continuing to searc…

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Nail that Interview Presentation


Crafting the best interview

A common practice in interviewing for senior roles is to require candidates to make a presentation, with the hiring organization issuing instructions on time limit and subject. While this may seem like a daunting experience, it can actually be good for your candidacy, if you prepare. Presenting puts you in the driver’s seat and allows you to demonstrate sides of you that may not be as evident in a traditional interview situation. The presentation may also precede a bus…

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The Effectiveness of Interview Follow-up Letters

Will you get hired just because you sent a thank-you letter? No, likely not. Could it help your candidacy? Absolutely.

The strength of your candidacy is made up of many different data points. Your ability to do the job. Your professional background. Your education and credentials. Whether you were an applicant, headhunted, or referred to the search. How well you did in the interview. How much they see you fitting in the organization. Your references. Some, of course, are more important than othe…

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Why are you interested in this job? In our company?

Why us?

I have been digging deep into how to answer specific interview questions. Tell me about yourself and Why should we hire you? are definitely worth a read if this subject is of interest to you.

Next: “Why do you want this job?” “Why are you interested in this job?”

Good questions. Why are you? Alas, so many job seekers have trouble answering this question because their presence in this interview is a result of three reasons:

  1. A desire to have a new job (fair enough)

  2. Broadcasting their resume to …

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