Interviewing for a new job is both exciting and intimidating. From the moment you meet with a potential employer, they are evaluating your candidacy for the advertised position (see our interviewing basics article for tips and tricks to nail the interview). A key element of any interview is the interviewer’s analysis of how you answer the questions. While there will always be a few more challenging, possibly position-specific questions, preparing for some of the most difficult questions can reduce your stress and set you up for success.
1. “Tell me about yourself.”
When an interviewer asks this question, they are not looking for personal details like where you were born or your hobbies. Instead, they are trying to get an idea of your potential fit within the company culture as well as how well you will meet the requirements of the position. It’s critical to connect your skills to the position you are interviewing for. Review and make sure you understand the demands of the position and then think about the skills you’ve developed and the contributions you’ve made in previous jobs. Consider how these skills and achievements can be applied to the job you are seeking.