I dislike whenever this question comes up at an interview. It is one of the toughest ones to answer and the one that will almost always be asked. It doesn’t matter which field you’re in, it comes up in one way or another. If you thought it was difficult to answer the question for yourself, imagine having to help others answer it.
The nature of this question is so open-ended. I believe that is what makes hard to get just right. Interview nerves are further compounded for my students. For many of the women I teach, this is their first job. When they are ready to go out on interviews, they don’t feel as confident as they should. So, when this question inevitably comes up, they panic and draw a blank. With gentle reminders, I talk them through their experience; how they were when they started the program and all they can do now.
As women, in general, it is difficult to talk about ourselves and our accomplishments. Why is this? We should be not only be proud of what we’ve done, we should also be able to speak about it to others. There shouldn’t be a fear that we are being arrogant or anything like that. But, it is there, so much so that we don’t celebrate ourselves or life each other up.
Sorry. I know, I’ve gotten off-topic. That’s a whole other blog post waiting to happen. Anyway, how do you answer the dreaded tell me about yourself question?