Tips for answering this question:
No matter what kind of job you’re after, you will be asked to talk about yourself in the interview. This allows the company to evaluate whether your professional and personal qualifications are suited to the job.
This is your opportunity to make a positive impression. It’s important that you spend the time talking about your qualifications and present yourself in a positive light.
Aviod repetition and practise
This should only take a few minutes, so you must be prepared to talk about yourself and your background without trying to say too much. It’s a very good idea to write down a few keywords and follow the points you’ve thought about in advance. This will help you to avoid repetition and include all of the important details.
Always remember to practise what you want to say. You may want to ask someone you know – your spouse, partner or a friend – if they’ll listen to what you intend to say. This will let you practise your presentation and assess how it sounds.
Use the template below for your preparation:
- A little bit about your personal life
Where you live, About your family etc.
- Work experience
Your education and training
Which companies have you worked for?
- Your qualifications for this job
Professional qualifications for the job
Personal qualities in relation to job
Leave out stories about your former boss treating you badly ,Or that because of the heavy workload and poor working environment you were off sick for a prolonged period.
All of this may well be true and be a part of your background, but keep your eyes on the goal.Talk about the positives in terms of work experience, professional skills and human qualities.
After your presentation, the company will usually ask you some questions.
Questions to expect from a head of department :
What do you know about our company?
Why do you want to work for us?
Why should we take you on?
What aspects of a job are most important to you?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What are your pay expectations?
How flexible are you?
Questions to expect from a HR officer :
Who are you?
What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
Would you mind taking a test?
What do you understand by a good working relationship?
What do you think of your current boss?
What would your former colleagues say about you?
How is your financial situation?
How many sick days have you had in the last year?
Are you willing to take further training?
What do you do in your spare time?