In this interview tips series, we talk about the most common first question you’ll be asked in a job interview, what you should say, what you definitely should not say, and how to answer this question with ease.
The interviewer wants to know about your working habits, whether you’re reliable, and what you have accomplished in the past. Focus on your experiences and accomplishments that are most relevant to the position.
Keep in mind that the interviewer is not asking for a full-length biography. It’s safe to keep the answer around 2 to 3 minutes.
At the same time, you want to show that you know what the company does and that you have an idea what the company is looking for. Make sure you do a quick Google search and look for recent headlines in the news. Use this information to choose which accomplishments to highlight, and try to present them in a way that is similar to the job description.
BREAK IT DOWN
When answering the question, highlight the following:
1. Education & Experience
2. Highlight Most Important and Relevant Accomplishments
3. Drive, Energy, and Motivation
If you highlight your education, relevant accomplishments, and your drive, you show that you can be a great fit for both the role and the organization.
Be sure to practice this answer over and over again. It is a really important question that can make or break the interview. It’s your first impression, and you want it to be as effective as possible.
Sell what the interview is buying. Be interested and fit your experience with what they are looking for.
Finally, be brief. Think of this as a movie preview. You want to hook the interviewer in by briefly highlighting aspects of yourself that the interviewer will find most appealing.