How to Answer the So Tell Me about Yourself Question

Today’s Tip from the Harvard Business Review—I most certainly agree

How to Answer One of the Hardest Job Interview Questions

“So…tell me about yourself.” Although this job interview question seems simple, answering it is anything but. Should you share your life story? Your job history? It’s tempting to turn your LinkedIn page into a monologue, but don’t — the interviewer already has your résumé. Instead, talk about what the company really needs from the role you’re vying for. Before the interview, scrutinize the job description for phrases like “required,” “must have,” and “highly desired.” Go to the About Us section of the company’s website and read up on the corporate culture and core values. Then think about how to connect your background and interests to what the company is looking for. Practice your response so that you’re ready when you walk into the interview room. You want to sound like your career has been building to this role and you are the best person to fill it.

This tip is adapted from “How to Respond to ‘So, Tell Me About Yourself’ in a Job Interview,” by Joel Schwartzberg

Book recommendation: WEIRD IN A WORLD THAT IS NOT by Jennifer Romolini

I was asked by TLC Book Tours to preview WEIRD IN A WORLD THAT’S NOT by Jennifer Romolini and given full permission to dislike it.  I have slogged through many career books and disagreed with many parts of them.  This one I enjoyed and agreed with 99.9999% of it.  If you are a young career woman, you should read this book.  It is an engaging and valuable read.  Jennifer might think she is weird (and perhaps she had a weird start) but she is a good human being with real values and she is a terrific writer.  By sharing her missteps, she generously shares how to get a start in the work world, how to manage, how to live, how to be.

She preaches without sounding preachy being authentic and kind to oneself.  Her message is positive, life affirming.  She begins with helping you find out what do you want to do when you grow up, proceeds to resumes, interviewing, handling rejection, networking, how to get out of your own way at work, how to be the employee who is hard to fire, how to tolerate a difficult work environment (FYI, sometimes, it just is), how to ask for a raise and how and when to quit.  She next moves to how to be a Boss, a good Boss, after sharing an example of when she wasn’t one.  You will laugh while learning as she covers all that you need to know to kick off your career.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy for my review.  The opinion is all my own.