It’s a simple question and it is often the first thing asked at the beginning of most interviews: “Can you tell me about yourself?” can put a lot of pressure on a candidate. You need to learn to embrace this opportunity to say deliver your general elevator pitch. Remember that you want to inject the right elements of your work and a touch of personal content to help personalize the experience.
“I’m a very active person. I’m always trying to learn new things. I enjoy the part of my job that involves implementation,after work I like to jog and play the electric guitar, and I’m also a big fan of digital video and photography.”
Keep in mind that the answer to this question is meant to act as a general overview of how your skills and experience are relevant to the position you are applying for. To answer this question, you should start off by describing your relevant education and subsequently move on to two or three professional experiences, making sure to highlight your outstanding achievements for at least one position. Try to include hard data when describing accomplishments whenever possible (for example,“ At ABC Company, I increased sales by 20% in my first month by implementing a new marketing strategy”). In closing, make sure to mention that you are interested in this new company that you are applying to and how you would be a good fit for the position.
In Canada, employers focus on what you can bring to the job and to the company overall. While your answer is positive, employers are not looking for personal details when asking this question. Remember to focus on points about yourself that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
“In terms of my education, I have a degree in____________ and have taken many business courses and I am always upgrading my skills. I have over 5 years experience in ____, _______. I have worked in teams of____ and managed________. In my last job I worked on _________, ________, and achieved________. I believe I can contribute to Canadian companies by bringing my international expertise and innovative ideas. In terms of my personal attributes I have been told by my former manager that I have excellent people skills, I am a self starter who likes new challenges, hard working, analytical, and a very enthusiastic person. I make sure deadlines are met yet I have a strong attention to detail”. I really feel I am the right person for this job.”