With both the Grad School and Career Fair just behind us and application dates for J-term internships just ahead I have been watching many students preparing for one of the more frightening aspects of the career search in my opinion, the interview. People tease that you should prepare for tough metaphysical questions like "If you could be a tree which one would you be and why?" We stress about the difficult questions related to weaknesses and strengths. With all this to think about, it is important not to overlook the simple four words that are likely some of the first out of the interviewer's mouth: "Tell me about yourself."
I was recently reading an article titled "Tell Me About Yourself" that focused on developing the perfect answer to this potentially overwhelming question. They focused on five themes to think about when developing your answer: passion, values, personality, brevity and openness. Passion relates to the motivation and reason you are at the interview. Their values theme highlights the skills you possess and why that makes you a good fit for the position. Adding a little personality connects you to the recruiter and makes you human simply with a few activities you enjoy. The brevity and openness themes fit together leaving both time and questions for the recruiter to proceed.
In addition to this article, the Career Center offers several wonderful resources to help you get prepared. You can set an appointment with Joni to practice with a mock interview. Through this experience we can give you feedback to help you feel ready for the real deal. We also have a pamphlet titled "The Art of Interviewing" available in the kiosk in the lobby of our office. You can drop by and pick one up anytime between 8:00AM and 5:00PM on weekdays. We are located on the second floor of the Dahl Centennial Union across from the Admissions Office.
*In addition to the above hyperlink the article can be found at: http://www.wetfeet.com/Experienced-Hire/Getting-hired/Articles/Tell-Me-About-Yourself.aspx