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Tell Me About You

Analysis & Opinion                                                                                                                                                             Updated 07/22/2017

   What do you mean I got this wrong?
  Feedback is nearly everyone is answering the question
     but not the question they hoped would be answer.
     Unclear questions often generate poor responses.

     What do Interviewers want to hear from us?
    What information are they seeking from us? 

  Articles suggest a majority of interviewees provide a quick overview of their career
experience - it is about them. Yet articles indicated this is not the desired
  response. This article hopefully will reduce the apparent confusion and impact to
  candidates, and provide a professional and informative response to Interviewers
  originally hoped to obtain. 

   In a few words, describe yourself to me.

  New request with a significant focus and type of answer, but be prepared!

   This question will require your selection between 4 to 6 words describing the person YOU ARE
   and NOT your Job Titles or responsibilities.
     -  Job Titles are not standardized or are used uniformly or inconsistently across industries
         and within the United States. Thus the imperative to review the employer's Job Description in
         great detail to ensure compatibility with your strengths, skills, and experience.
     -  Providing only a Job Title can create a misunderstanding unless you detail the roles and
         responsibilities with what you did.

   Rushed responses may cause some candidates, without any preparation or thought, may call out
   "Wonder Woman" or "Superman". While this projects a person of great ability, strength, sense of
   justice, strong ethics, solid moral compass and looks great. This is wrong on multiple levels but it
   may become the core of jukes inside that company for weeks 
to come. While rich in symbolism,
   these are not the preferred responses but may raise some interesting discussions between
interviewers about your personal life. Such exposure is not an asset to your cause.

   Depending on the work sought, words like "artistic", "articulate" and "imaginative" and others
   build an image of you that the Resume cannot.
For each word you use, explain WHY these words
   apply to you and the value brought to the team you hope to be joining. Craft your response to
   reflect Business Value to drive the relevance to the hiring authorities. Use your dictionary to confirm
   the usage and meaning of your selected words and potential ways it may be misunderstood without
   clarification or example.

   The favorable impact on your Candidacy, using and explaining the words about yourself, can be
It can deliver greater insight and value to the Interviewers than rehashing your Resume
   and wasting valued time. Give careful thought to these words as they will become "tags". These must
   be selected in advance with great thought as these will be part of your "brand". Be alert to the
   potential innocent 
misunderstandings of the words to avoid damaging or diminishing your strengths.
   Seek input from 
those who know you on the words you are considering.

   These words, when provided in a cover letter or part of the Interview, can bring new light and
   added value to your Resume and your Candidacy in competing against Applicants or Finalists.

   My thoughts and observations for your consideration.

   Michael D Zurkammer

    “So, tell me about yourself”  |  LinkedIn, Marc Burrage                                                                                 07/19/2017
    On the face of it, answering the common interview question, “So, tell me about
    yourself” seems easy enough. After all, you just have to talk about your background,
    and this is a topic you know better than anyone else. What could possibly go wrong?
    Well, to be frank, a lot can go wrong. Many perceive this to be one of the easiest
    interview questions to answer, however providing a strong response is deceptively
    difficult. Firstly, this will probably be one of the first questions the interviewer will
    ask you, and it’s what they will base their first impression of you on. Also, answering
    badly could knock your self-confidence from the get-go, and thus damage your
    performance for the rest of the interview. Therefore, it’s essential that the answer you
    provide is a good one.