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Asked by Abhishek on October 11, 2016

What are the most important points I should include about myself when an interviewer asks me, "tell me a little bit about yourself."?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on October 12, 2016

Great question! This is a very common interview question. When asking this question, most interviewers are looking for something to draw them in and to see if your background and experience are a good fit for their company and the position. Be cautious to not turn it personal and stick to your professional experience. I would recommend starting with your experience from school, focusing on why you chose your major and what it is about the respective field that intrigues you. Be sure to show your passion here. Next, I would walk through any experiences you have had to date and highlight the areas that are most relevant to the position. The interviewer wants to hear why you are the best fit for the position so don't focus too much on areas that would not apply to the position or the company. I would recommend trying to stick to the content of your resume and use your resume to tell your story.

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on October 14, 2016

Excellent question.  What I recommend here is to quickly mention and move past your personal details, like where you went to school, where you worked, etc.  They can get this from your resume, which they have already reviewed.  What they are really after is information about your character and work ethic.  If you are someone who focuses heavily on the details of something, mention that.  If you tend to migrate to a leadership role in the things you work on, mention that.  Things like this will tell them what they are really trying to determine and will pique their interest in you.  Think of this question as an opportunity to market yourself and pull them in.

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Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on October 18, 2016

I would recommend coming up with a 2 minute “elevator speech”. This speech should include high level about your background, including key jobs, job duties and responsibilities you’ve had, and any special recognition you’ve received. Interviewers should already have your resume, so don’t get too much into your work history unless the ask for it. This will set the tone for the rest of your interview. Best wishes!

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Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on November 8, 2016

Focus on your strengths and what makes you tick. What is the driver behind why you are who you are. Maybe even go into things you like to do outside work (reading, spending time with family etc...). 

Jennifer 

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