“Tell me about yourself?” Keep it business focused.
Prepare three examples that relate back to your key skills and how you want to present yourself. Rehearse these answers and be armed when asked in interviews and also presentations, reviews or networking events.
Use the star technique to get your point across.
Explain the Situation. Describe the Task in hand. What was the Action you took? Talk through the (positive) Result. Stick to this format and your answers will be clear, concise and respond to the question.
Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know.
Turn this into a positive; maybe you don’t know that particular system or process, but you have worked on something very similar which you can share. Otherwise use this as an opportunity to show how you learn; when starting in your current role the system was new but your picked it up quickly.
Prepare your weaknesses and be comfortable talking about them.
Avoid sharing a personality trait as a weakness as these are hard to un-learn. Stick to a practical skill that is not part of the job description that you wish you had spent more time on. Good examples of weaknesses include lack of foreign language skills, specific software, certification or qualifications. Talk about your plans to tackle these head on.
Remember, you're not the only one being interviewed. Take the time to see if this prospective employer is the right fit for you by asking the right questions and looking out for red flags.
Be positive, no matter what the subject.
The interview is not the place to criticize your boss or current company. Instead focus on why you want to move into this new role and the value you will bring to the job.
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