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How to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

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The "tell me about yourself" question is one of the most basic questions asked during an interview. In fact, it's usually the first question asked. Even though it's one of the most basic questions, it can be one of the hardest questions to answer. Prepare yourself for this question and come up with a response that shows who you are and how you are exactly what your potential employer needs.

Prepare a brief personal statement for the interview. Focus on skills and achievements that are appropriate for the position. Practice your speech in front of family and friends until you have your statement stored in your memory. Ask friends and family for thoughts on your "about me" statement and make modifications as necessary.

Use power words such as "motivated," "decisive," "organized" or "persistent." After you state your quality, provide a quick example from your working past that shows you as that decisive, organized or persistent person.

Focus on your most impressive achievement and lead with it. Starting off by telling the interviewer what you have accomplished and how it relates to the position shows the interviewer how you are the best person for the job.

Research the company and the position and focus your answer on what the company needs.

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