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What to Say in Every Job Interview: How to Understand What Managers are Really Asking and Give the Answers that Land the Job by Carole Martin

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CHAPTER 5

Tell Me About Yourself

The ultimate question in any encounter with someone you don’t know is, “Who are you, anyway?” When one person is getting to know another person, the most common request is “Tell me about yourself.” Those may not be the exact words used, but the question will be there:

“What do you do?”

“What’s your background?”

“Where are you from?”

“What do you like to do?”

“Where do you work?”

How this question is answered will depend on the situation and the setting. But the same challenge will always be there:

“What do I say?”

“How much information should I give?”

“I don’t know where to start or where to focus.”

Not surprising, one of the most frequent ways to begin a job interview is the interviewer asking something like ...

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