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Old 07-14-2012, 05:26 PM
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I been getting mixed answers to this question. Some say you are only supposed to sell your "personality and character" and then some say you are supposed to talk about your strengths and linked them to the job you are applying for. I struggled with this question last month because no one never asked me this question on a job interview and it showed because the interview went downhill from the beginning.


So what type of response is best for "Tell me about yourself?
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:34 PM
 
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What I will tell you is, whenever that question is asked, there's a good chance you're not getting the job.

I mean, think about it, why would they ask you to "tell me about yourself" when everything they need to know is listed in your cover letter and resume?

Translated, they basically want to know why the hell are you wasting their time when you're not hardly qualified for this position?
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:37 PM
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What I will tell you is, whenever that question is asked, there's a good chance you're not getting the job.

I mean, think about it, why would they ask you to "tell me about yourself" when everything they need to know is listed in your cover letter and resume?

Translated, they basically want to know why the hell are you wasting their time when you're not hardly qualified for this position?


Interesting, wonder if anyone feels this way. You know it was something that didn't feel right about that interview from the start and then when I was hit with that question I was more shocked than anything because in my head I was like...."HUH?"
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Yeah, it sounds like a little "time filler" to act like they are conducting an interview.

Another technique is for them to stare at you and not say anything.
Someone older told me about this long ago.
How he applied for an accounting job, and the manager just stopped talking and stared/glared at
him.
He said he knew that game. It is supposed to make YOU uncomfortable, after all, YOU, the interviewee, is in the HOT SEAT...so you try to fill up the uncomfortable silence by talking, and perhaps, you'll volunteer some information about yourself the manager might like to know...

He said he sat there and looked the man back in the eye.
Eventually the manager started talking again. But he said he knew that game, and he wasn't going to fall for it.

It's pretty sad when they resort to these childish techniques. To me, it shows a manager who doesn't know how to read people or hire them.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:59 PM
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Yeah, it sounds like a little "time filler" to act like they are conducting an interview.

Another technique is for them to stare at you and not say anything.
Someone older told me about this long ago.
How he applied for an accounting job, and the manager just stopped talking and stared/glared at
him.
He said he knew that game. It is supposed to make YOU uncomfortable, after all, YOU, the interviewee, is in the HOT SEAT...so you try to fill up the uncomfortable silence by talking, and perhaps, you'll volunteer some information about yourself the manager might like to know...

He said he sat there and looked the man back in the eye.
Eventually the manager started talking again. But he said he knew that game, and he wasn't going to fall for it.

It's pretty sad when they resort to these childish techniques. To me, it shows a manager who doesn't know how to read people or hire them.

I was never asked that question in the beginning of a interview and it threw me off completely
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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What I will tell you is, whenever that question is asked, there's a good chance you're not getting the job.

I mean, think about it, why would they ask you to "tell me about yourself" when everything they need to know is listed in your cover letter and resume?

Translated, they basically want to know why the hell are you wasting their time when you're not hardly qualified for this position?
This question is one of the most common questions in a job interview so what you said is definitely not true. In fact all interview books address this question and how to answer it. Generally you want to answer it by discussing your career progression and the skills you developed and how it is applicable to the job you are interviewing for. You also want to discuss why you are interested in the job and how the skills you have developed will contribute to being successful at the job. If you are wondering, I have never been in an interview where this question was NOT asked.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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Yeah, it sounds like a little "time filler" to act like they are conducting an interview.

Another technique is for them to stare at you and not say anything.
Someone older told me about this long ago.
How he applied for an accounting job, and the manager just stopped talking and stared/glared at
him.
He said he knew that game. It is supposed to make YOU uncomfortable, after all, YOU, the interviewee, is in the HOT SEAT...so you try to fill up the uncomfortable silence by talking, and perhaps, you'll volunteer some information about yourself the manager might like to know...

He said he sat there and looked the man back in the eye.
Eventually the manager started talking again. But he said he knew that game, and he wasn't going to fall for it.

It's pretty sad when they resort to these childish techniques. To me, it shows a manager who doesn't know how to read people or hire them.
I had this happen to me by a male interviewer earlier this year. Most awkward and weird moment of my life. I just thought he didn't like me. And I didn't get the job either.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:45 PM
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This question is one of the most common questions in a job interview so what you said is definitely not true. In fact all interview books address this question and how to answer it. Generally you want to answer it by discussing your career progression and the skills you developed and how it is applicable to the job you are interviewing for. You also want to discuss why you are interested in the job and how the skills you have developed will contribute to being successful at the job. If you are wondering, I have never been in an interview where this question was NOT asked.

I;m serious, every single question I been asked on a interview and tell me about yourself was not one of them. The closest someone came to asking me that question was at the end of the interview when he said..."why should I hire you?"
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:53 PM
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I had this happen to me by a male interviewer earlier this year. Most awkward and weird moment of my life. I just thought he didn't like me. And I didn't get the job either.
what was your experience? You was asked this at the beginning of the interview?
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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how about "why don't you tell me about YOURSELF". you know you arent gonna get the job anyway...
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