/ Asked by Kumar
What is the best way to answer the questions, "Tell me about yourself" and "Run through your CV" ?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 9, 2015
This is something that usually happens at the beginning of the interview.  What the interviewer is generally trying to to do here is to get into more detail about the information that was listed on your resume/CV.  For example, your resume will say that you worked at X during Y time and had ABC responsibilities.  They are wanting to validate that what you listed on the resume/CV is accurate, but also get the interviewee to provide a little more detail about those specific responsibilities.  People often embelish on their resume and this question is a way of understanding if the resume is a true representation of your qualifications.  You do not have to get into a great deal of personal information when answering this question.  Stick with the information that is listed on your resume and refrain from providing personal detail, unless you are aware of something that would create a common connection between you and the interviewer.  For example, having gone to the same school or have the same favorite sports team.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, October 9, 2015
Great Question! This would be the time to do your elevator speech. You want to have a 1-2 minute speech ready to go at any time that highlights how you got to where you are and where you would like to go in the future. Make sure that you have this ready to go for an interview or a coincidental run in with your CEO. I have some pointers for you on this.
-Pay attention to your voice inflection. You need to be authentically excited about your career. If you are not, a recruiter won’t be excited about moving you forward.
-Don’t sound like you are reading off a script. The trick of having an elevator speech is making it sound like it’s the first time you have ever said it. In reality you will have practiced it many times. A tip on this would be to start in a different spot, or to switch up one or two things each time.
-Highlight the positive things. Do not focus on negative aspects on your career or on yourself during your elevator speech. Definitely don’t speak negatively about previous co-workers, supervisors, or companies.
-Have several different speeches ready. One that is all encompassing, one that focuses on your past and one that focuses on your future. That way you are ready to go no matter how the question is asked.
I wish you all the best!
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, October 9, 2015
This is one of those questions that people dread if they haven't prepared for the interview. Keep in mind why you are there. The interviewer isn't looking for a new friend; he/she is looking to see if you are a fit for the job you are interviewing for. The "Tell me about yourself" question is one that can easily weed out the good from the not so good candidates. In keeping with the theme that the question relates to why you are good fit, make sure you start with your present state. You can let the interviewer know what your current role and responsibilities are, and what you have accomplished and then take it into relating to why you are interested in the role you are interviewing for and are a good fit for it. The other important aspect of answering this question is to come across with a positive energy and excitement about why you are there. Interviewers are looking for people who are upbeat and motivated and you want to make sure your response doesn't sound dull or fake. As with all interviews, the best advice is to practice ahead of time, so no question ever throws you off your game. Good luck!
Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Good question! The “tell me about yourself” question many times serves as a conversation started/ice breaker. I would recommend starting by introducing yourself, tell your current status (current/last job or student), describe your daily work/school duties and mention why you opted to apply for this position. A brief 1-2 minute into should be sufficient, but remember, what you say can lead the interviewer to further consider you for the position or it can lead them to mark you off the list.
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