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    Best way to answer "Tell me about yourself." in a job interview

    I have always fumbled with this question as I have nothing to back up my claims. I have little experience so I cannot guarantee that I can bring the company x number of clients per year, or $x of profit annually, neither do I know how profitable I am.

    I only have a testimonial letter from my previous boss to backup whatever I say on an interview. The answer I plan to say when asked is, "The compliment people give me most frequently is that I am a diligent, reliable and trustworthy employee." However, I need more details to fill in as most interviewers expect me to at least speak for half a minute, and I don't wish to lie. Other than this, I looked through what teachers describe me as in report cards, but these testimonials are vague, can be used to describe more than 25% of the students in my class and they don't describe me well anyway.

    How should I come up with a more detailed answer to this?
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    I've tended to use things like 'I'm a quick learner/enthusiastic person/dedicated', 'I have x hobby' (which shows dedication and hard work), 'I enjoy x' (which shows I'm suitable for the position). I think it's better to say it about yourself to show you have an opinion, rather than quoting others. It shows more conviction.

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    Never done a job interview but looked around and found some stuff.

    For your experience problem you could say:
    "Im still building experience but am a fast learner."

    Also can use something like " im dedicated and goal oriented, i do my work to the best of my ability."

    Maybe even something like " I prefer to keep my work place professional and dont try to ruffle any feathers of my fellow employees."

    You can even throw in " i tend to be neat and organized so that i know where everything is so that i am on time with my work."

    I dont know, best i could come up with off the top of my head also as a side note dont prattle on about yourself or your life personally since i doubt these guys really care, they probably just wanna see how you react to this kinda question and how you would present yourself.

    Apparently this is a really hard question and some tips i found are 1. be confident when answering and try not to beat around the bush(keep it short and dont ramble about yourself). 2. Make a script of what your gonna say before hand and practice it since you dont wanna look at your resume in front of them while answering. 3. focus(apparently) list five strengths related to the job in question.

    Not much help i wager but still its what i got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquamarine View Post
    I have always fumbled with this question as I have nothing to back up my claims. I have little experience so I cannot guarantee that I can bring the company x number of clients per year, or $x of profit annually, neither do I know how profitable I am.

    I only have a testimonial letter from my previous boss to backup whatever I say on an interview. The answer I plan to say when asked is, "The compliment people give me most frequently is that I am a diligent, reliable and trustworthy employee." However, I need more details to fill in as most interviewers expect me to at least speak for half a minute, and I don't wish to lie. Other than this, I looked through what teachers describe me as in report cards, but these testimonials are vague, can be used to describe more than 25% of the students in my class and they don't describe me well anyway.

    How should I come up with a more detailed answer to this?
    You're not answering the question that well if you just share what people think about you.

    When people would ask me to tell them about myself in interviews, I would share my background.

    "Well, 3 years ago I started as a full charge bookkeeper at my previous employer. I did... X Y Z . This December, I graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. I'm currently seeking a job which will satisfy... X Y Z career objectives. I currently exploring my options."

    If you have no experience to share, then just find ways to fill-in pertinent details about yourself. "I've always enjoyed doing X Y Z." "My favorite subject in school was X Y Z, which relates to the position I'm looking for." "My strengths are X Y Z."

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by consciousness View Post
    What's the job?
    No specific job, I just go for anything I can get, from retail associate jobs, F & B service, administrative assistants and flight attendant (which seems to discriminate me for wearing glasses and having freckles on my face, or I just have really poor speech). I have a degree in business studies (which is virtually useless in the workplace) and only 6 months of retail experience at the moment.

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    My best suggestion is to collect as much information as you can about your potential new workplace and employer.
    Once you're at the interview observe them thoroughly. What kind of person are they?
    What can you read through they way the present themselves, they way they speak and their body language?

    The list of qualities you've written is pretty good but in many cases it would be best to look at the person in front of you and understand what they want you to say. Notice how people around you move, dress and speak, laugh at their jokes, feign interest when you have none and inflate your talents if you must but in a believable way. I'm quite sure everyone nowadays lists "workaholic"as their main flaw.

    Good luck~
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    There isn't actually a right or wrong answer since every employer is different and looks for different things.

    The key here is to do research on the employer and ask them what it is that they want and look for.

    They will question you to see if you fit what they want and they may try withhold information about what they really look for to prevent you from lying about who you really are etc...

    Aside from the obvious fundamental traits like...
    Responsible, reliable, confident, good with dealing with people, having a good attitude etc.. etc... I'd generally rock into an interview and make myself stand out.

    I find that showing assertiveness and initiative are key, don't be afraid to challenge your employers and look for ways to show what areas of improvements they could benefit from and how you can contribute to the change etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoreWaves View Post
    My best suggestion is to collect as much information as you can about your potential new workplace and employer.
    Once you're at the interview observe them thoroughly. What kind of person are they?
    What can you read through they way the present themselves, they way they speak and their body language?

    The list of qualities you've written is pretty good but in many cases it would be best to look at the person in front of you and understand what they want you to say. Notice how people around you move, dress and speak, laugh at their jokes, feign interest when you have none and inflate your talents if you must but in a believable way. I'm quite sure everyone nowadays lists "workaholic"as their main flaw.

    Good luck~
    I really am not going to list "workaholic" as my main flaw. I can work hard if there's a need to, but I am not a workaholic. Wouldn't it be considered a strength in the employer's point of view? I don't have that much energy (I can work hard in short bursts, but not for, say, 6 months in a row) and I hate to disappoint people when I fall below expectations, so I tend to keep things down to the facts and modest. Maybe I need to exaggerate a little after all, since I get passed for job offers a lot. Not sure if it's me or the economy is truly that bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquamarine View Post
    I really am not going to list "workaholic" as my main flaw. I can work hard if there's a need to, but I am not a workaholic. Wouldn't it be considered a strength in the employer's point of view? I don't have that much energy (I can work hard in short bursts, but not for, say, 6 months in a row) and I hate to disappoint people when I fall below expectations, so I tend to keep things down to the facts and modest. Maybe I need to exaggerate a little after all, since I get passed for job offers a lot. Not sure if it's me or the economy is truly that bad.
    Good. :)

    I can't say it's exactly common practice but I've noticed a pattern of people hiding behind faux flaws, like being too attached to their job or too punctual, or simply preferring socially acceptable ones like being overly zealous, a perfectionist, having high standards or being too serious. There are people with those traits (guilty!) but painting yourself in a light that's too flattering means more pressure and will harm you in the long run. Confidence, modesty with a pinch of flattery and reading the other person is a good way to go.

    The economy is definitely bad!
    While I'm waiting to return to uni, I'm having some trouble finding a good job and the unemployment rates are alarming.
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