Most interviewers will start with a request to “Tell me about yourself.” Even though it is an easy request to anticipate, it often causes undue stress and anxiety, resulting in rambling responses that include complete life stories. With a little preparation, you can use this question to clearly articulate your strengths and accomplishments, setting a confident, positive tone for the rest of the interview.
To craft a strong response, start by carefully reviewing the job requisition, researching the employer, and asking these questions:
- What strengths do you have that are pertinent to the position? (3-5)
- What are key accomplishments that have benefited past employers and are relevant to this position? (1-2)
- What personal traits (or soft skills) do you have that complement your other skills?
- What educational credentials enhance your employment background? (diplomas, degrees, and professional certifications)
My passion is numbers. With more than five years experience in accounting, I have been recognized for completing complex accounting projects under stringent time restraints. In my current role as a fund accountant, I generated over $230,000.00 in cost savings by identifying expense reduction opportunities. I enjoy collaborating with others to understand my employer’s pain points and addressing problems head-on. My bachelor’s degree in accounting is a strong foundation for my accounting career and I am currently on track to obtain my CPA License by this October.
In most instances, avoid sharing personal matters or ancient work history. Instead, focus on highlighting:
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