One of the most common questions in an interview is “Tell me about yourself.” Actually, it is not even a question--it is an invitation. It is an opportunity to market yourself (not to tell your life-story) and tell the employer why and how you fit for the job.
Tip #1 – your answer should not be more than 60 seconds.
Tip #2 – after completing your elevator pitch, ask: “Did I answer your question? Would you like me to provide more details? On what specifically?”
Tip #3 - remember – it is not about becoming best friends. The goal is to determine if you are suitable for the job. So, tell them about relevant experience and relevant accomplishments that make you an ideal candidate for the job.
Tip #4 – practice. List down highlights that you want to talk about, those that are relevant for the job.
Tip #5 – rehearse in front of the mirror, a friend or with a professional person.
Stay tuned for common interview question #2.