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How To Answer: "Tell Me About Yourself!"

Jan 02, 2022
hello everyone is JT and welcome back to another live broadcast. I am very excited to have you all here today. I'm going to talk about how to

answer

the dreaded question,

tell

me about

yourself

in job interviews. platform work daily and you know as I'm preparing here and mentioning this I'm thinking about it you know the past week how many people we've been preparing for interviews great interviews you have and this meanwhile simple question may be one of the harder to

answer

, so I really want to dig into this today and make sure you understand what to say and how to say it, but before I do, I have to remind everyone because we're broadcasting. on five different platforms today, which still amazes me.
how to answer tell me about yourself
I can't believe we can do that, but it's really important to me that you know that the only way you're going to get your questions answered during the live session is if you're following me on LinkedIn that's how it works, the real comments are on LinkedIn, you need to go to LinkedIn to my page, my profile page and you need to hit the Follow button. If you're really following me, my LinkedIn profile will allow you to not only get instant notifications when we get started, which we do several times a week, but it will also allow you to log in and ask your questions in real time at my coworkers here are pulling all your questions from the LinkedIn feed and just the LinkedIn feed is the only way I can access them so it's ok if you're looking at one of the other platforms we're glad to have you here sit back and relax but if you feel like ask a question, you will. to go to LinkedIn follow me there so you can get to it okay okay so let's get back to that because I want to get back to the business of talking about this question so the first thing like I said is what's called a trick. behavioral question so how many of you know?
how to answer tell me about yourself

More Interesting Facts About,

how to answer tell me about yourself...

What is a behavioral question? Raise your hand in the feed if it says yes or no. I want to see how many people know what a behavioral question is. Yes or no. Quickly, put it in the feed. coming up with that, let me explain, behavioral questions have become a very popular technique in modern recruiting today, it's something a lot of recruiters have been taught to do and essentially it's when we ask you an open ended question, so this is going to be a question that requires a more than one word answer and the reason behavioral questions are asked just think of the term behavioral question is that while you are talking we are looking at your behavior specifically we are looking at your personality so your tone of voice your energy what are you saying how are you saying it we are trying to get a sense of who you are from a personality standpoint we are trying to understand your aptitude ie how you approach things how you see the tasks how do you get the stuff done and what is your methodology and then obviously we're trying to understand whether or not you have the actual experience so a pr Open-ended behavioral question gives us information about the type of person you are so we can determine whether or not you are your combination Your unique blend of personality aptitude and experience would actually thrive well in the company culture Why this is has become so important is everyone in recruiting if you ever hired someone who had all the experience you were the most experienced person but your personality or your style didn't match the corporate culture you know you're an epic fail you're an epic fail why that is very important for recruiters to evaluate people based on these hiring managers etc. it cost them thousands of dollars.
how to answer tell me about yourself
I've said this before on the live stream. Let me mention it again. It cost about one hundred thirty to one hundred and forty percent. Not from your salary, all of your companies have to pay extra taxes, training, etc, office expenses, so that's no small thing and they don't want to mess up, so you have to make sure someone is a cultural fit for the organization. and behavioral questions is one of the techniques they're using to do that, so whether you like it or not, whether you agree or not, behavioral questions are the new normal and asking the question

tell

me about

yourself

is very common ok so with that in mind let's look at this question because what I need to do is reframe how you see it and what they're really asking you that's the secret to success here so what they're really asking you when they say tell me about what are you doing?
how to answer tell me about yourself
I've seen a lot of people make the mistake if they say "Tell me about yourself" and all of a sudden people go into TMI mode. If you know it's too much information, they get really personal. They tell this very long. story there's kind of al I walk by the place and it backfires on them, so when you ask them this question, they're looking to make sure that you've thought of this ahead of time and that you really want to communicate a brand that you really want communicate something very succinct. having the ability to answer this question correctly is key now sometimes when they say you know this question you know tell me about yourself sometimes they ask hey walk me through your resume or you know take me chronologically through your history employment history if they and you can always clarify you can say ok do you want me to walk you through my employment history or do you want me to just give you a general summary about me as a professional so you can clarify that if you want and I have done in the past, but I'll tell you that you can never go wrong with answering this question with this kind of personal brand statement that you think helps them understand what you do because you're not going to say when we can ask the question what do you do?
The biggest mistake people make is that they actually respond with a noun what do you do is a verb that they ask you to understand as what do you do but society. It has trained us to answer this question with our label, our noun, right? I'm an accountant, I'm a marketing director, and the problem with that, as we know, is that it creates judgment. In fact, yesterday I wrote an article on LinkedIn if you didn't. I don't see it, I wrote this on LinkedIn and we're going to show the link for you, but I wrote all about that there really is a better way to answer the question what do you do? and that we are all as awkward as we said. it's not giving them the right one or two word answer, like not saying I'm a career coach, but giving them my personal brand statement as weird as that feels because it's against the norms of society when you've done it multiple times. times and it gets past the initial look of the person who is going to wait what they see how much value this brand statement has how it allows you to let people really understand who you are and how to eliminate a lot of initial judgments because this is so important to me.
I want you to think that this is the human brain and if you read my quote here, the human brain is literally designed to process thousands of experiences a day, so what it has to do is process it and label it, assign a feeling or meaning to it. these experiences and saves it like an old rolodex, files it away, and then when a similar experience comes up, instead of having to reprocess from the beginning, our brain naturally pulls all the files on that subject and forms an opinion, and this was designed so humans could react they could evolve they could they could work at a faster pace taking advantage of this that's why our brains are so evolved the problem is it's literally how we create judgments when it comes to racing because if you just answer with I'm an accountant, I'm going to think about all the references I have about what an accountant is or isn't, what type of personality they have, you know all that kind of thing, all the accountants I've worked with in the past and now I'm going to judge them. initial judgment at least on its bias towards you and this has been a pain in the ass for me for as long as I've been a career coach, you shouldn't answer the question with just your job title, you should answer it with your brand statement, like so that that you can shape the message you control the narrative you make them understand who you are instead of making assumptions based on the people they've met in the past ok let me explain why that support let's come back here sorry im going to come back here if I know when they say tell me about yourself in the actual job interview if I realize that it is also very similar to meeting someone who says what do you do?
I can use the same answer in both situations, so I'm getting a two for the price of one if I develop elopement and create a really good personal brand statement. Now I can bring that out in these job interviews and shape your initial thoughts around me and show that I've seriously considered what I want to say here so that it makes sense. y'all if so put a big yes in the chat for me ok ok again same thing you do which means it's about time you guys tell a story storytelling matters now i mentioned this week previous feed and I'm going to say Again, I read this fascinating article about some studies showing that people who are good storytellers are perceived as more attractive and that's because people who can tell good stories earn more trust and respect.
The assumption is that if you have the ability to tell this story, then. you've had experiences that allowed you to shape that history and so some of you were going well wait a minute desi that's not fair that means you know great talkers. you know they're going to stand out you know it's unfortunate right we know we all know someone who can talk a good game but I also don't think you have to be some kind of crazy extrovert to tell a great story I think if you can think your stories and be very intentional about what you say and how you say it anyone can be a good storyteller you don't have to be the loudest person in the room that's fine but you have to be able to articulate your stories because it matters especially when it comes to personal branding so So let's take a look at that let's take a look at how we answer this question what do you do or in this case in the interview tell me about yourself there are three things you want to say. what do you want to convey ready the first thing you want to talk about what you like best about your job what you do well and why it's important so that's pretty key it's ok what I am the most you know what I enjoy doing inside of me working inside of me skill set and d why it is important to do that job in my opinion well the second thing i need to talk about is i have to explain how this solves a problem relieves pain or makes people feel better so i have to provide something out of context this is where the narration comes in to help the listener understand why this is important work and why I love doing it and then the last thing is I need to close by talking about how I'm using this passion to focus on a bigger issue Right now, so how am I? applying my my passion my knowledge my skills my experience to add value or create even more value and this is very important because subliminally correct what you are doing through these three parts is you are saying first of all I know what I am good at and I know why it is valuable Secondly, this is why you should know that it is important and valuable.
Let me explain so you can understand it. And third, now let me tell you how I am. sure I'm still relevant and t If I keep adding value by letting you know what I'm focusing on next, this is a sign of a truly dialed-in expert and the beautiful part of giving an answer like this is that they can say wow let's talk about that, okay? come on now that you've shared with me a little bit about yourself you've branded yourself now let's go over and look at your resume let's talk about this this is your chance this is a sound clip this is your chance to implant in the person Go to your sound clip sound you are controlling the message so i want to give you an example obviously i will use myself as an example because i practice what i preach and also wrote about this in the article so when i meet with people it would be very easy , in fact, if I don't want to have a conversational career if I don't want to get into it, the right thing to do is just say I'm a career coach, tell me about yourself, I'm a career Coach, okay, that's the quickest way to close a conversation, right?
You don't I'm a career coach you know they might be interested but I haven't really opened that up so instead what I want to do and by the way you know of time this when I deliver this takes around 15 seconds, so it's not like you know a whole lot but I'll read it out loud to you, he says and when they say what you do or tell me about yourself, well I help people grow their careers because if your career isn't growing. is dying today, unfortunately there are many people who lack the correct information needed to make things better.
My job is to help them remove obstacles so they can see a clearer path to success and these days I'm focused on helping people understand. how the job search really works so they can find a jobnew job or faster career change, that's all, three sentences, but in that moment I've told a story that's going to burn into your brain. Now I've defined what career coaching is by my definition and hopefully if it's been interesting enough they'll say really okay and usually someone has their own story and they want to get into it and we go from there okay , but why waste that opportunity by saying something that doesn't make sense or wanders?
This is the perfect balance of information to provide when you're at that job interview and they tell me about yourself This is a perfect sound bite It's not too little It's not too much and shows that you've really been thinking about this question Does it make sense to everyone? ? It is very important that you work on this question a bit because it is complicated. Now the last thing I'm going to say is practice practice practice. I know it sounds crazy and people say PGT. I don't want to sound cans in the interview. I don't want to sound rehearsed I don't expect you to sound rehearsed I'll tell you what happens when people don't read interview prep enough so at work on a daily basis when our members join we have this whole interview prep tutorial on every interview stage. learned here is a video and a key part is we give you 18 behavioral questions or the most common behavioral questions you'll see and people write their answers to each one and then they send it to the trainers and the trainers can take a look at them and say yes is your answer that correct are you not answering that correct ok so they go through it all but then we tell them ok now you have to keep reading them to yourself keep reading them out loud to yourself read them over and over again - you're sick of your own voice you're so sick of hearing these answers you've read them a million times the reason is when you get to the interview and now your nerves are a bit up because you're nervous you want to do well you want to make a good first impression when they ask you that positive energy that emotion of I know the answer to this is going to come and even though you won't have it memorized you will have allocated enough to the memory that it will ring more natural and normal with a lot less thumbs ahhs something like that here ending here forgetting that you will be more focused on your answers and I just can't stress this enough you know if it's hard enough getting a job interview today to ruin an interview job because you don't practice your interview prep questions, shame, shame, right, we have to take our job search hour I work at a higher level these days. people don't like it i didn't hear it but this is a job right this is a client willing to pay you thousands of dollars he wants this job he has to do his homework so practice practice practice and practice a little more well folks it's very important that you do that and as you get better at it it gets easier and easier.

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