INTERVIEWER’S QUESTION “Tell me about yourself.”

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Select the strongest answer

(A) I started my career as an Associate Accountant for a small firm after graduating from college. I then left that firm and was hired as an Accountant for a larger firm where I spent two years. After reaching a level where there was no further growth in that company I left to take a job with a start-up company where I was the CFO. Unfortunately, financial issues started to occur in the past two years and I was laid off.

(B) I am a high-energy person who is dependable and determined. I pride myself on my high work ethic and loyalty. Every performance appraisal I have ever received has commended me for my ability to stay focused under pressure. I am also a “people person” and know how to connect with people at all levels and build relationships. I am currently looking for a place where I will be able to grow and develop while contributing to a company’s bottom line.
(C) I have experience working in the Marketing and Sales field for 7 years. My area of expertise is my ability to use technology and social networking to reach desired customers. I was able to increase our customer base by 15% in my last job. My strength is my analytical ability combined with my people skills to build strong teams and networks. Anyone who has worked with me would tell you that I have a high work ethic and a great sense of humor that has gotten me through some tough times.


The Strongest Answer

(C) This is the strongest answer because it actually gives an answer to the question. It addresses the question the interviewer is asking – tell me about “you.” Although the interviewer wants to know about your background, they are attempting to know the person behind the resume. This answer is a summary of who you are – your background, your expertise, your strength, and your skills.

The Mediocre Answer

(B) The problem with this answer is that it walks the interviewer through the resume. The question was not “Walk me through your resume.” The question was “Tell me about yourself.” These are two different questions. There is another problem with this answer even if the interviewer had asked to be walked through the resume. The answer starts at the bottom of the resume and moves up. When writing the resume it starts at the top and moves down. When you answer the question starting back 3, 5, or even 10 years ago, it drags on and by the time you have reached the top the interviewer may have lost interest.

The Weakest Answer

(A) This answer is the least effective of the three questions because it is very general information focusing primarily on traits rather than skills. Being a “people person” is a great trait but the interviewer is looking for a combination of skills and traits. A good portion of this answer should be about skills and accomplishments so that the interviewer has a more comprehensive picture of who you are and what you can do or have done.

VALUES EXERCISE —- how important is commute time?

By Carole Martin


Take a look at this list of words (also feel free to add to the list) – and select the values that are really important to you or “essential” to you – in your work?
Highlight your TOP TEN or so – essential values

Location Time Freedom Public Contact
Environment Independence Competition
Aesthetics Entrepreneur Job Satisfaction
Work Alone Power/Authority Fast-paced
Leadership Intellectual Stimulation Advancement
Help Others/Society Mental Creativity Risk
Respect Challenging Problems Humor – Fun
Community Decision Making Physical
High Earnings Artistic Creativity Entertain/Perform
Adventure Spirituality Security
Mobility Growth Balance
Variety Influence Friendship
Work with Others
Make a list of your key values – prioritize them as to importance – what you would like in your next or future jobs.

Write YOUR definition for each word – what it means to YOU.

Take a close look at your list. Is it in balance? Are you achieving what you want in your work life?

What are you willing to do about it to make your life more fulfilling and in balance?

If something is of essential value to you and you’re not “living” that value – whose values are

you living? This list will become your “food for thought.”

Common Interview Questions


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What are you looking for in your next job?

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Here’s a quick analogy –

If you were to sign up with an online dating service the first task for you would be to describe what you are looking for.

“What are you looking for in a mate?”

It makes sense.

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My clients are excited about their interview coaching!

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“I was not only offered the position, but it is actually my dream job. I will keep my pay, seniority and after six months I will be able to work from home 4 days a week. I was able to pick my work location,

I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for all your encouragement and wisdom. Your stories made me realize I could succeed no matter what circumstance I was going through. I am looking forward to our new beginning. ”

Top 10 Tips For First Time Job Interviewers

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The excitement of graduation has settled down and now it’s time to get down to the business of finding a job.

Somehow it happened too fast and you may not feel prepared to go out and get your first “paying” job. But the reality is here and the more you prepare yourself for the job search process the better the results will be.

Here are ten tips to guide you through your self-inventory and preparation.

1. Give yourself some credit for completing college and graduating.

Did you know that as many as 43-50% of people who start college never finish? But “you” (the grad) are not one of them – you have a diploma and a degree.

The process of completing college in four years (or how many years it took) is evidence of endurance and tenacity. So give yourself credit for the accomplishment. If you received a good grade point average you may want to include that information on your resume. If you didn’t do as well as you intended – maybe you should wait until asked for the information.

Basic Rule: Believe in yourself – sell yourself first. If you don’t believe in yourself why should anyone else?

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