An interview can always be a very nerve-racking phase for people who are not really used to these kind of situations. It is even more in the case of new pass outs who decide to go and look for a job. They become nervous not only during the first attempt, but for some, the fear remains for even longer period. But after you sit for a couple of interviews, you will realize that there are some questions that are frequently asked in almost all kinds of interviews regardless of your industry, your experience level, and job type. At the top of this list is the universal one: “Tell me about yourself.”
Though many of the interviewees look blank when such a question is asked, this question is actually an opportunity. It can be regarded as an opening for them to set the tone of the job interview and emphasize on the points that they most want the interviewer to know.
How to answer:
‘Elevator Pitch’ is the term that is used to describe a situation where one needs to sum up all possible highlights in a couple of minutes. Also known as elevator statement, it refers to a short summary which is generally used to define a process, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition. It should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride that should not exceed two minutes.
Speak of your life and achievements as if you have only a few minutes to highlight the best features of a new gadget that you want to sell.
Keep the following in mind:
Who You Are
It is very important that your first sentence should be an introduction to who you are professionally. It may be an overview statement that shows off your strengths and gives a little insight of your personality too. But remember that it is not as easy as it sounds. So a bit of preparation in advance pays well.You should also try to concisely summarize the diverse background you spoke of.
You should never assume that the interviewer has closely read your resume and knows everything about your qualifications. Here, comes the use of your elevator pitch to briefly highlight 2-4 points that you think can make you stand out from the rest. Here, the emphasis has to be laid on experience, enthusiasm, and proof of performance.
Why You Are Here
It is suggestive that you should end your brief by telling them that you want the position and the reason behind it. Just try to make them feel that they are the ones for whom you really want to work. This should be optimistic and concise.
It is suggested that one should not waste this opportunity by simply diving into a long recitation of their resume when one is asked to express themselves in front of an interviewer. Instead it is best to try a concise, enthusiastic response which summarizes the big-picture that makes the candidate fit for the job.