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Land the job of your dreams by knowing how to answer even the toughest interview questions.
You Will Need
- Job description
Find keywords in the job description
Carefully read over the job description and make note of important keywords that will help you learn more about what the employers are looking for. Keep these words in mind as you think about your response to the question "Tell me about yourself."
List professional strengths
Prepare for this question in advance of the interview. Review your resume, and make a list of at five or six words that define your professional strengths.
Think of a professional success
Think of a professional success you have had, where you helped solve a problem or added value to a former employer's project.
Write a 30-second response to the question
Write out a 30-second response to the question "Tell me about yourself" that combines your professional strengths and discusses a past professional success.
Focus on positives and professional experiences
Focus your response on positive professional experiences. Don't talk about personal information like marriage, children, or pets.
Practice your response
Practice your response until you can remember the main points. Focus on sounding natural and conversational.
Answer concisely and truthfully
Arrive at the interview prepared, giving an answer that is concise and truthful when the interviewers ask you to tell them about yourself. Let your professional strengths shine, and set the stage for a successful interview -- and maybe a new job!