The goal of an interview is to determine whether the candidate will be outstanding in the job, and that means evaluating the skills and attitude required for that job. Does she need to be an empathetic leader? Ask about that. Does she need to take your company public? Ask about that
How to answer “Tell me about yourself” question in an interview?
I believe this is an interview question that requires sincerity and “gravity”.
Foremost, an interview session is not a do-or-die affair, it is more of a get-it-or-not process of an application. One should not see an interview period as a destiny-influencing. It is no big deal afterwards, getting the job or not mean the end of the world neither does it imply something otherwise.
Here are a few things to put in mind when considering answering the aforementioned question.
1. Your personal data is not necessary: They are not interested in what your name is, where you are from, what your forefathers look like, and so on.
2. Mention past experience and proven successes as they relate to the position you are applying for. This could be messed up a little, try not to get it wrong. They simply want to know where you have worked previously- internship, part-time jobs, volunteer jobs- and how your previous position makes you a perfect match for the new role you are applying for.
3. Consider how your current/previous role is in relation to the role you are applying for. Even if you previously worked in a bakery and wishes to work in a bank, try to channel in a good way how your personality would make you a perfect fit for the job.
4. Focus on your strength and abilities that you can support with examples. Do not talk about how bad you are, if you are a bad person (but I do not see any reason why you should be a bad person in the first place). Support your claims with real-life examples of how you support a co-worker to beat a deadline or complete a project.
5. Try to mention hobbies that suites the role you are applying to. If you are applying for the role of a front-desk officer, mention hobbies like typing, writing articles, reading, etc.
More importantly, you need to practise this question over and over again to get used to answering the questions whenever you are attacked with it in.