24 Oct The Golden Interview Question
This is one of the most frequent questions asked during job interviews. It has definitely become a cliché, but this question poses a certain level of difficulty even with its perceived triviality. Only an individual who truly has a brilliant self awareness or self discovery can answer this question intelligently. It is quite amazing how the question catches us unaware, and we are unsure of how best to attempt answering it. Here are some tips that would help in answering this question!
Tell me about yourself?
1. Be very clear. Have you heard the song that says I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within… that is exactly what you should consider when you start off answering the question. Most likely the interviewer or as the case may be already knows your name, so spare the personal details that includes your height, complexion, marital status, birth position, favorite food etc except the person asking asked specifically for those details, or if it is relevant for the job position or situation, don’t. It only makes you appear unintelligent.
2. Begin by stating your interests and strengths : This could range from the current activities you are engaged in which may be the kind of job position you are suitable for, your course of study, the programs you have attended and the reasons you went for it. This would make the interviewer so to speak, see you in a more captivating light and having similar interests will certainly earn you some points!
3. Sell yourself : The golden question gives you the opportunity to advertise and sell yourself. The best way to do this is to describe your mission, vision, values and goals especially as it relates to the situation.
4. Know Yourself : You can only answer the golden question intelligently and follow the tips mentioned above if you genuinely know yourself. There are no two ways about it, you either know who you are, or you don’t. Taking time to engage in self discovery activities and personal training and development will enlighten self awareness.