Tell Me About Yourself: What Are The Best Answers To Give During An Interview?March 29th 2022
Congratulations! If you’re feeling nervous because you’ve got an interview coming up soon, that means you’re normal.
One of the best ways to calm the nerves before an interview is to prepare yourself for the questions you might get asked. It's easier to put your best foot forward when you can offer a thoughtful answer that shows your talent, skill, and passion.
Here are some of the best answers that you can give to the standard interview questions that hiring managers and supervisors ask right now.
1. Tell me about yourself
You’ve already submitted an application. The interviewer already has some basic knowledge about who you are and what you can do. This question asks for additional information to see if you’re appropriate for the job opening.
As a candidate, it often helps to talk honestly about why you took specific jobs. If you’ve never been employed before, explain the choices you’ve made in school.
The goal should be to connect the dots on your application so that the interviewer understands why you’ve made specific decisions.
2. What is your biggest weakness?
Most people know that you want to turn one of your flaws into a potential strength. In the past, the advice given to candidates was to say something like they’re a workaholic.
A push for greater authenticity in the workplace environment changes this dynamic. Choose something that you’re working to improve. If you can provide an honest self-assessment, it’ll show an employer that you’re committed to improvement.
“I get frustrated when my group study partners don’t contribute, but I’m working to be more proactive with my communication to encourage more participation.”
3. Why should we hire you over the other candidates?
Since you don’t know the other people who applied for the job or received an interview, it’s an impossible question to answer.
Many hiring managers ask this question, then sit defensively in their chair with a smile that says, “just try to convince me.”
If you get this question, try to turn it into a conversation. Highlight the things in your application that haven't been discussed.
“I served on the yearbook committee for two years, have worked in the same job since my sophomore year in high school, and take pride in my work. That’s what I can bring to your company today.”
4. Why do you want this position?
If you get asked this interview question, it’s an opportunity to dive deeper into why you’re the best person for the job. The goal should be to show how you can contribute to the company while getting something in return.
Don’t just focus on short-term gains. That will make interviewers nervous about how long you play to stay with the company if given the job.
Try adding a long-term goal into the answer. “I’m working toward a degree in this field, and the experience in this position will be invaluable toward earning it. Once that happens, I hope to find ways to advance here.”
5. What is your greatest achievement?
When you’ve been employed for a couple of decades, you can choose from several professional accomplishments. If this interview is for one of your first jobs, there might not be as many opportunities to talk about yourself.
Try to be as specific as possible. “I found a spending issue at my last job that saved the company $86,000.”
If you haven’t been employed, talk about a significant accomplishment. “I earned my black belt in taekwondo last year.”
When answering this question, try to choose an achievement that speaks of commitment, teamwork, and perseverance.
6. What kind of work environment do you prefer?
Some people like to work alone. That’s fine – unless the job is for a team-based position in a call centre or retail store. Giving that answer won’t give you any favours.
Think about the job you’ll get if the interview goes well. What is the company’s culture? Try to focus on what works well for you while exploring what the organization needs.
“I can work in a team or independently. The one thing I like to see is open and diverse communication lines to ensure we’re all on the same page.”
7. What kind of leader are you?
It’s tempting to quote something from your leadership classes here, but it’s better to explain what and why you made specific choices.
You can start this answer by saying, “The best way for me to talk about leadership is to describe a couple of the challenges I’ve faced.” Then you can share the different situations where you’ve solved problems, motivated people, or handled a crisis. It’ll help you highlight successes while showing the value you provide.
Don’t forget to ask questions if you get the opportunity. The best candidates look for ways to fit into a company’s plans while making the job their own. With answers like these, you’ll have the chance to communicate that information with authentic intent.
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