When you come across parties, interviews, or meet groups, you are obliged to introduce yourself. In such a position, “Tell me a little about yourself” is the most frequently asked question. There is no right or wrong answer in context. It is simply creating a picture about who you are, what you do, or what have you done.
While learning the English language, especially when taking the Spoken English Training, this is a basic topic that is covered to make you feel more comfortable and at peace. When pleasantries are exchanged, we know it as the basic etiquette to ask one another about themselves. You must take this opportunity to portray your communication skills by speaking confidently and concisely.
Even though it is the most frequently asked question in an interview, this question almost always rattles you. Ever wonder why is it so difficult to tell about yourself and yet find it easy to ramble about pastries? That is because this is the most open-ended question. You become perplexed about what part of life you want to share at that moment.
Key things to focus on when preparing to tell about yourself
There are so many things one can include when explaining oneself, focus on those points. To avoid a confused state of mind, prepare yourself to answer this question beforehand. Here are the key things you should focus on:
- Know your audience and prepare accordingly. If you are up for an interview, choose to share about your academics and some hobbies. You do not want to wait to think until you get the question so be prepared but do not memorize.
- Alter your answer according to the role in the company. If you have worked in a mall, that would not be necessary to share while applying for a job at a production house.
- Keep your answer succinct and not a photocopy from your resume. The interviewer would have already read your resume, so focus on points that are not in it.
- Be honest and be yourself. The most important thing in an interview is to be yourself. Trying to give answers you think the interviewer wants to hear instead of what you truly think or who you really are will get you in trouble down the road.
If you meet someone at a party, choose to share about your likes or dislikes, favorite activities to do, or your favorite movies and music. This will help to interact in similar interest groups. Inject passion into your answer. You are not trying to impress anyone, you are merely giving an outline of who you are as a person. It can be where you are from, what brought you here, what you do for a living, what interests you, or even how you know the party host. It is to create some kind of response from the other person.
See the question as to the simplest one, where you don’t even have to overthink about your answer. It is just about you and your roots. It is often your first impression, so make it count.
Daljeet Kaur Lal is an HR Trainer who has extensive work experience of over 11 years. She is now working with Edoxi Training Institute, Dubai. She develops and executes various HR training programs to ensure that employees have the skills and knowledge to meet the organization's objectives.
She is passionate about learning new things. She enjoys spending her free time reading favourite books and listening to all-time favourite melodies in English and Hindi. She is also keenly involved in Adventurous activities and loves to travel a lot.