The Killer Question - Prepare to be Prepared

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Prepare to be Prepared

"So, tell me a little about yourself" is among the favorite icebreakers of seasoned interviewers (the type you'll usually meet in Human Resource departments) because it gives them a chance to study an encyclopedia of reactions, from verbal cues to candidates' body language. It is also a favorite of untrained interviewers, such as hiring managers, simply because they don't know what else to ask. In fact, untrained interviewers are more likely to ask this question to fill "dead air," rather than as a means to get the interview off and running.

How to prepare? Well, developing a successful answer to this common question is one of the key reasons I urged you to complete a personal inventory. (If you haven't done so, please do before reading on.) Take a good look at it now, particularly those items under the headings:


My strongest skills

Greatest areas of knowledge

Strongest parts of my personality

Things I do best

Key accomplishments