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Tell Me About Yourself - Job Interview Tips and Tricks

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A short presentation I prepared on "Tell Me About Yourself" interview question. This is usually one of the first questions they ask in the interview. So, it's crucial you want to master your answer. You must excel at presenting your background. In this presentation, I share with you some tips and tricks. Hope you enjoy them.

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Tell Me About Yourself - Job Interview Tips and Tricks

  1. 1. Tell Me About Yourself ( L e a r n h o w t o a n s w e r t h i s j o b i n t e r v i e w q u e s t i o n)
  2. 2. Tell Me About Yourself! 1
  3. 3. I think you’ll agree with me that when you are asked this dreaded interview question, the chances are that you may end up blabbering
  4. 4. Worst of all, it will most likely be the first question they will ask you in the interview
  5. 5. “First things first, let me introduce myself. Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  6. 6. Let’s continue…
  7. 7. Here are what not to dos (1/5) To start with, the hiring manager has already seen your resume and even cover letter. There is really no need for you to go over your resume bullet by bullet anymore. Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  8. 8. Here are what not to dos (2/5) When you are presenting your background, don’t fall victim to under or over qualification. Just give them what they need. There is a very thin line between being an over-achiever and being over-qualified. Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  9. 9. Here are what not to dos (3/5) No need to share them your life story. And oh God please don’t you start from your high school years. It’s really a waste of everybody’s time Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  10. 10. Here are what not to dos (4/5) Avoid keeping it too long. It’s a monologue so nobody really has 20 minutes to listen to your background, however exciting that may sound to you. Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  11. 11. Here are what not to dos (5/5) Don’t be boring. Please... You should show some real enthusiasm in your pitch. The more energetic you are the better it is. Oh, remember to smile. It makes a big difference Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  12. 12. Tell Me About Yourself interview question is one of the easiest ones as far as interview questions go. If you are well prepared, you will gain so many points. “
  13. 13. “do you know why interviewers ask this question? Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  14. 14. “after all, they have seen your resume, your cover letter, they may have even Google’d you… Why ask? Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  15. 15. It’s because they want to see your presentation skills! “
  16. 16. “surprised? Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  17. 17. Remember this, companies want employees who are; presentable well spoken charismatic and likable (especially for sales roles)
  18. 18. “if they asked you to present the company or its products in the interview, it would be unfair to you – as you have limited knowledge Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  19. 19. “but what better material is there then for you to present your very own background… Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  20. 20. Alright, so how to do it? How to present your background? “
  21. 21. I will present you 2 approaches here.
  22. 22. First Approach... For the first approach, all you have to do is prepare a 2-minute pitch; talking about your current role, then past experience, and tie it with your future ambitions while making sure you give them what they are looking for. Simple. Something similar to below – this is what I would say if I were interviewing today;
  23. 23. First Approach… (example) I’ve been working as a manager with PwC Consulting for the past 5 years. During this time, I’ve been providing incredible value to my clients through strategies we developed and implemented for them. These are typically projects lasted anywhere from a week to 6 months. Looking back it now, I must have done a great job as engagement manager that our clients particularly requested for me whenever they came back for new work packages. Prior to PwC, I was with 2 other consulting companies. And finally, or I should say firstly in this case I guess, I started my career with S&P as an analyst. I was with S&P until 2008 which is when I was laid off – I guess some would find this ironic… In addition to this, I have an MBA degree from Cass Business School of City University London and I hold various professional certifications including; PMP, PMI-RMP, and CMA. Now I’m looking forward to taking my career to the next level with [the company name] and continue to add more value to my clients under [the company]’s umbrella.
  24. 24. I think above speech would be good enough but not necessarily something you would collect so many points. It would be like ticking the box. Now, let’s look at the 2nd approach “
  25. 25. Second Approach... In my line of profession, in management consulting, we always present with supporting tools, for example; a PowerPoint presentation, videos, charts, interviews with experts, the list is long. So, when I get interviewed by clients I always have at least a PowerPoint presentation made up of only 3-4 pages which allow me to clearly highlight what my relevant experience is, which methodologies we used, and how the results were.
  26. 26. “so I suggest you do the same… Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  27. 27. “prepare a 3-4 page PowerPoint presentation and present it when they say “tell me about yourself”… like these templates… Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  28. 28. “you can download the ppt files at http://landinginterviewsguaranteed.com Or simply CLICK HERE Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  29. 29. “I have 1 more awesomeness for you today! Deniz Sasal PwC Consulting Manager MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA Do you want to get a job with a multinational company? Then, join my exclusive 3-day FREE training! Watch The Videos Now!
  30. 30. If you want to take your career to the next level and find jobs with multinationals, then you should definitely join my advanced 3-day training program called Landing Interviews Guaranteed . Oh, it’s free! CLICK HERE Click here to learn more!

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