Tell me about yourself.
Ace the Interview
The videos in this business English series of videos will help you to pass job interviews in English.
They are particularly useful for students whose first language is not English.
This question, tell me about yourself, is one of the most difficult to answer.
You need to prepare your answer carefully in advance and practice it, too.
You need to make sure that your answer is related to the job you are applying for. It should not just be a rambling story about aspects of your own life.
Candidate 1 has not prepared and it shows.
Um, um, um… Yes, I’m glad you’ve asked me that.
Well, I’m, um, originally from Wakefield where I used to live before I moved. It’s a nice town, it’s a bit boring, if you know what I mean.
I’m single and straight, that is, not gay, whatever anyone else might say.
I like animals and I used to have a dog, but he died. Reversing the car in the drive… didn’t see him.
I’m looking for a job with, um, opportunities for, um, development.
I’m good with people, or most of them, when they get to know me of course, but I’m not keen on kids.
Candidate 2 has prepared and it shows.
I’ve been working in customer services for six years now. My most recent experience has been in the IT industry, mainly supporting home users. As I enjoy reaching out to people, I particularly enjoy the challenge of remotely assisting people who in many cases have very little idea about computers.
I suppose my patience is one of my main strengths. I pride myself on being able to remain calm and polite no matter how challenging the customer may be, and some are challenging in the extreme. I always try to use a methodical approach to solving problems, and this normally results in a satisfactory outcome.
I’m now looking for a position in a company that places emphasis on high-quality customer care. I’d like to be part of a team in which I can play a role in increasing overall customer satisfaction and retention.
Who do you think got the job? Who would you employ?
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