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TODAY'S TOPIC: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF: BEST WAY TO RESPOND
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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.
Hey Everyone! This video is now open for business! I hope you enjoy it and please let me know the issues you're facing with job interviewing or anything related to your overall job search. I'm here to help you!
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!
Andrew LaCivita I really enjoyed your video. Printing out the job interview was something I never would have thought of. In fact, I will highlight in yellow things that I would like to point out to the interviewer. When you hire a person with my diverse lengthy background, we are more of a cast of characters. I enjoy a tiny bit of levity in an interview but want to make sure it's tasteful and well-placed. If you get a chance to address it I would love to listen
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.
I was asked this question not too long ago and yeah, it was a curveball but I feel like some of these responses will have you coming off as 'snide' or 'smart-mouthed'. Depending on the person interviewing you, it could play some part in whether you get the job.
I've had six interviews so far and all those times I have been unlucky. I never answer the questions well. I always sound nervous and kind of mumble and don't make sense. I actually asked the interviewer to clarify what she would like to know about me and she said anything. I'm never confident. I have another interview tomorrow and it's a group interview. I'm not confident that I'll get it too. I get very nervous before I go inside. I was wondering if you can make a video about how to answer the questions in a group interview. It would really help.
These are Awesome tips! Thank you!! Since I don't have any experience in dental field, I am gonna dive right into my 22 plus years of customer service that is beneficial to just about every job market out there. Along with my determination to make this career change and express my strong desire to learn all that is required to know to be successful within that field. I never knew you didn't need experience or education in being a dental assistant and that some dental offices are willing to train you. Great tip I got from my the hygentist and my dentist on my last appt and since I am put on waiting list for a certification program, I applied to about 20 dental offices and I was invited to an interview this coming Saturday! I am Super excited!
Heya Andrew first of all thanks a lot for giving wonderful and magical guidance which really work for us!!!
Can you please help me with my query ?
I really need to know about what documents i need to apply Job in canada of previous job as proof of my experience?
As I would be migrating soon !
Subscribed, but why did you have to say, "Hey Mr. Lazy Interview man". Now I'm gonna think of you, your voice and struggle not to smirk or laugh while asking or answering their question LOL. But I thank you for helping me go forward because I was about to have an emotional melt down from not finding the right video for me. Again Thank you Andrew. <3
Andrew, thank you for for all the help you have given me with that question, tell me about yourself. I've been to 4 interviews and I've always jumped into telling them how fabulous
I am. You have given me a great insight.
I especially appreciate the information and advice you have provided. Your assistance has been invaluable to me during this process.
Again, thank you so much.
Such an open question particularly at the begining of an interview depends upon what role your being interviewed for, what qualities are being sought and in what type of organisation. Could be an exceptionally astute question by Mr lazy Interview Man too.
Such a wide open question allows an insight into who you are, how and why you respond in the way you choose. For example any job that isn't loading total value on corporatism process and algorithm.
I like your video. You are the first one who said that asking that kind of question is lazy and I have always hated this kind of question because it doesn't have any focal point. You made a lot of valid points about how to handle this lazy question. Thanks. I wish I had seen this before I had that interview with that lazy principal.
You know, your too smart. i liked the way you entrapped the interview.
thats what we call direct to the point, Am i right sir? If more talk less question is that true?
if the interviewer noticed that your too good way of thinking?
I think it's unnecessary to stick to the job description..any human transaction is simply matter of liking. This is very good opportunity to build rapport with the interviewer.
I would say "well, my life experiences is very broad and lengthy. It's more like a movie. Do you want to hear the trailer or the entire movie?"
It's more like the same question but it can't rub the interviewer in a wrong way and make him feel like he or she doesn't know which position they are hiring for.
When you keep saying job description again and again, it feels like a tailored answer and not the genuine one. Kind of scripted.
I don't know it rubbed in a wrong way.
Hello mr.Andrew I love the information u are giving us ! Thank you
I do have a question , I applied for beyond the bell which is an after school program where I will help kids with their hw and have watch them in the school playground at an elementary . So I gave my app to the one in charge the afterschool program which told me to turn in ASAP n fax my app to the elementary program it’s been one week.My question would be “what do I do ?should I keep waiting for their call ? This Wednesday I will ask Juan the nice man who is in charge what’s the update in my app but should I also apply at others school meanwhile the wait? :)
This was the only question breaking me into different tiny pieces in front of the interviewers, I used to hate this question. Seems you're the only Pro on earth who matches my wavelength. Very much Thankful 💐💐🌼🌺🌻
I like the first point, however, I would extend it to say that your answer to "tell me about yourself" should focus solely on parts of your background (clearly and succinctly) that is directly relevant to the role - basically you are selling yourself from the first word you speak. After finishing your response, you can ask is there anything specific that I can elaborate more about?
Ive been asked this question before and I did exactly what you described on my first experience with it and got the job. BUT I think it's misleading and a little snake like. Some people may not answer it right because they will literally answer the question for what it is then lose a job offer because of that, then the person who does good on the interview and gets the job turns out not be that great at the job after all and needs to be fired or beats you to the punch and quits. Then your back at square one because you chose the candidate that answered all interview questions right. That's nonsense. If the question is pertaining to why your qualified for the job etc, etc, then that's how the question should be asked assholes.
Redirecting the question back at the interviewer seems questionable. You should have a good idea about the qualifications they are looking for because it is part of the job description. I feel that redirecting it back at them shows that you have not done your research or care little about getting the job. I mean they are interviewing you so you get a chance to talk about yourself in person and sell yourself. You have to be prepared about what makes you qualified to work there.
Absolutely right. Especially in an interview for a sales/business development position. Sales managers and recruiters looking for good sales talent appreciate this because the more questions you ask, the more they can visualize you asking for the business in the sales role. It also demonstrates control and the ability to qualify clarify and probe. All required traits of a good sales candidate.
Hello Andrew, you've just boosted my confidence. I am a fresher and have never been to any job interview. I have gone through many videos on this topic. Your advice is from another world. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. I hope it works well.
Pam, oftentimes, the best way is simply the honest way. "I really miss accounting and would like to get back to it!" Check out my videos on how to change careers. There are 2 of them on my YouTube channel!
HI, Andrew, I have a senior level job interview. your tip is really suit for my case, however, I have too long JD and related the experiences that I can answers. now I wrote my answers on A4, almost 2 pages. I guess It is not that good impression to them If I answered like long on the first question. but their JD is long. how can I do
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