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I'm happy to share other people's work on the tell me about yourself question. This is not an endorsement of their techniques, but simply alternate viewpoints.
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Company already took my two interview on phone and now they want to see me on face to face like panel interview. Can you please let me know what steps should I take to hire and give best answers. Thanks harsh
Hi Andrew. I remain confused about this open-ended question. Do I have to regurgitate my resume or summarize it to the interviewer?. I had an interview this morning with British guys and when asked this question, I told them would u like me to start with a recent experience or a past. So they opted for the recent one. I am still not comfortable questioning this option. Your help is much appreciated.
Hello Andrew, I would love to learn how to recognise my soft skills, I can't find anything that allows me to understand how to discover them.. can you help? thank you for your tips, they're life saving!
I would not answer a question with a question, especially this is the 1st impression. I would just go along with it and complement this question and move ahead, otherwise you put the interviewer on a defensive side. You want to provide a yoga session, smooth sailing session ! Example, your one line description is a perfect way to start answering for this question. See I complement your question.
Once in a job interview I was asked "What would your mom say your worst trait is?" I responded "She really doesn't like it when I leave the lights on" I then laughed and they hired me on the spot. I'm pretty sure they were really just looking for someone friendly and funny that would be able to relate to the other co-workers and not any particular skills or qualifications.
The first two options would never work here in the South for a majority of candidates. The third one would work, but it's not necessary unless you're going into a mid-level paying job. If you have gotten an interview, then they already think you are qualified, there's nothing to prove at the hiring interview with regards to your skills. Also, most people in charge of hiring are reading off a pre-printed questionnaire. They don't know why they ask certain questions and aren't thinking about any answers on a deeper level. They just compare everyone's answers to see which ones they like best subjectively. Then, they determine which person they think would fit in the best in the group personality wise.
Hey Andrew, Top video and subject. You made me laugh but gave me the confidence to answer that question in an interview. By the way can you do a video on which 2 referees to provide from previous employment? How does one answer why you left your last employer? Especially after working there for 8 months you find out the company director runs illegal & dishonest activities? A lot of the times employers should provide the references instead of the candidate! Haha
To me whenever they ask this question, i take this as my opportunity to sell myself to the employer, show them how different I am to other candidates and what I can bring to the table.
To sum this its my moment to bullshit.
Is there any particular part of my background you´d like me to discuss so that you can make a determination about whether or not I am a good fit for the positions you are offering
I just wrote that down so I can write it down in a document and say so in my calls
The question is an opportunity to match your background with the JD, just tell a story of how everything you have done in your career has been preparing you for this role. Show them you are an exact fit. Doesn't even matter if the story entirely true.
i got the highest in the exam , only me got to the final interview, i thought if i got to the final interview im sure im hired but i failed, maybe because i failed in some questions they ask about me .
That's exactly the kind of questions I hate, because it indicates laziness of the interviewer; it's so general, it requires literally zero effort on his part and puts the person across the desk in an awkward position of either blowing his horn and appearing arrogant, or giving an understated answer and appearing to have low self esteem, or divulging private information. My way of answering that is kinda blunt: "My past actions speak enough about what I can do, and that's the only objective thing that can be said: what I did up to this point. My subjective opinion is that I can do many things of the same kind, maybe better, maybe worse, but only time will tell. If you give me a good offer, I can do those things for you."
In my experience, this is usually the first real question, and is there just to get you talking. I find it useful to have a short 10-second spiel you can reel off before tackling this, just to settle the initial nerves. Nothing too deep, just some basics before firing off the probing question. This also gets around the "don't question a question" hang-up that some people have.
Here is the problem with this third option and not sitting there if you have not enough idea what the job is about: more and more jobs have informationless "you work on great technologies for great customers in great teams using latest blah blah blah" and all you really have is the general idea of what the company is about. In the last month I haven't found a single job where I had enough information about what my day to day work possibly could be that I could really say from there on "that would be a great job for me". Even worse, when you talk to them, their response usually is "we can discuss that in an interview". In one interview where it came up surprisingly that they wanted to expand on stuff they were doing and were basically searching for a GUI designer I bluntly asked why they couldn't have written that in the job description and saved us a lot of time going through the whole interview when I could right away say that this wasn't something for me, they said that this is trade secrets and it wasn't that much of a waste of time for them because they were in the company anyways. Well guess what, I had to take a day off for that interview....
The truth! 🤣😂🤣😭 this is the #1 thing that frustrates me about the job interview process. I find the whole cloak & dagger use of language and dishonest chit chat stupid. It's like talking with an assassin or spy on their own terms, where authenticity is not allowed and deceitfulness is rewarded as long as you can somewhat back it up. I legit have to lie with a straight face to stance a chance against well-versed liars. And after I get the job I know there's at least 1 witch in the workplace who loves playing mind games because the interviewers made them feel at home and they aced the interview 100%
I filled out an application once for a blue collar job taking care of aquariums and installing koi ponds.
The application asked not a single question about the relevant topics.
It asked logic puzzles and personality questions.
One of them was what is your most embarassing moment?
I responded, its embarassing, why would i write this down on a paper for a bunch of strangers from which i want something? No.
I didnt get the job. But no one else did for 3 years either.
Perfect example of someone who does not know how to choose candidates.
"My name is Ben, I'm 35, I love dogs, long walk on beaches with them, and a Scorpio. Looking for a complimentary female 32-35."
Break the ice with humor.
Then ask them "would you like to elaborate on what you want to know about me?" With a smile.
My answer to that is, here is your job description, And I am applying for that position because I know how to do it.
Now do you have that position open or not?
If so , tell me what you want done, I require ( x dollars per hour), If we agree on wages, show me where I'm to work, get out of my way and lets get started!
I do tech support and job descriptions are a joke in my industry . many companies hate that they have to pay tech employees and many human resource employees have no clue what a keyboard is so its quite amusing for tech employees during interviews .. I look at job interviews as a selling point, i try to get the interviewer talking more then me, and i try to figure out what they are looking for and base my response from that. you need to get good at reading people. im also kinda secure in my skills so i try to display a level of confidence and assurance. and im just honest and up front. oh and never talk about side hustles and side projects..
Yes, I always thought that this was an utterly stupid question. Why the fuck do you want to know that I have two kids and like to go sailing in my spare time? It has absolutely NOTHING to do with my ability to do your job. Stick to the point!
I sure do Jared. See my elevator pitch videos. There is a video title describe yourself in one sentence and it walks you through how to put that pitch together. Just head to the search bar and type elevator pitch. You can also type weakness for that video too.
Thanks a lot ... the video was informative. A quick question ... What if the HR/Manager asks "have you been interviewing for any other positions( in other companies) ? or Do you have any other offers in your hand ?" or something in these lines
Oh, I had the opportunity to a free entrance interviews event. There were not any job descriptions, other than educational requirements. I managed to have an appointment with the HR of a company that I really love to work with. It was a great interview, but if only I had this tip, I could get myself some extra points. Thank you for this video, I'd love to watch more from your channel. I appreciate this!
Once, I had an interviewer say to me, "What is one special trait you have that you feel would bring value to this company?" I said, "I'll do something that most people won't do. I'll show up everyday." He leaned forward, pointed right at me and said, "That's a BIG one. How soon can you start?"
I'm a nurse, in my profession that is a critical trait. Far too many nurses call in because they forgot to do their laundry or their dog isn't feeling well. If a nurse doesn't show or Is late the off going nurse can't leave. I make it a point to let them know that I show up for work and if I dont, I have NEVER given less than 4 hours notice. I ALWAYS see a favorable look from the interviewer because odds are they are the one who works when someone doesn't show.
At my current job, actually coming to work is almost as valuable as a skill set. There are so many of the workers who take time off, they rarely have a full crew on a given day. The attendance policy is quite complicated so that taking time off can be quite a burden because the workers have found ways to not be at work.
Being a single guy, I feel the same way about this question when a girl asks it when talking for the first time.. Feels like a lame job interview question, and it kills my interest in her that fast lol.
I don't want to play someone else during the interview in order to impress the recruiter. This is not a theatre scene God damn it. I am what i am, the school i went, the experiences i have, the things i did so far, the certificates i have. That's it. No more games!
Hello Andrew! Thank you for this great video on how to answer this dreaded question lol. I've subscribed to your channel and look forward to using your tips. If my background isn't very lengthy, how should I approach this question if asked?
Is there anyone who really asked this question to interviewer? What was the response? Please share your experience regarding this question. I have an interview scheduled in couple of days so your advise and experience really does matter.
Andy, I wonder if u can speak to a unique situation that happened to me. I hate this dreadful question specifically Bc of a particular experience I once had. In one particular banking interview when answering the question and briefly describing my skills and work history I was immediately interrupted by the interviewer and told. “Listen to the question. Tell me alittle bit about yourself”. They then proceeded to say “I asked for to tell me about YOU not your Work history. Talk about feeing like an idiot.
S. There is no need to feel like an idiot. You did what 100% of the people do. Not 99. 100. That interviewer was the idiot trying to get cute and throwing you off. I suggest absolutely erasing that experience from your mind. Next time you’re in an interview assume that interviewer is a normal human being. Lol.
Please, can you make a video for freshers too. We need your tips to develop the skills and to crack a job.Actually, I completed my graduation in 2017, but with my poor communication skills I always rejected in HR round.So, Please do the needful.
I went for the second interview, and they asked this question, but threw in a curveball which I was unprepared for: "And we are not interested in role related description, but we want to know about your personality."
That threw me off completely and I had no idea how to answer and blabbered and think I completely messed up my opportunity.
They made the job description so extremely broad that I did not know how to articulate how to relate my personality without a scenario.
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