The “Tell us about you” question and ways to successfully answer it.

The purpose of this question?

It’s important to realise that in leaving this question somewhat open and unstructured, the hiring manager is trying to get a sense of whether or not you truly understand which experiences, skills and abilities are relevant for the position that you are interviewing for. Importantly, your response should be framed in the context of the role that you have applied for and how you as a potential employee can drive this role forward.

The other purpose of this question is that it gives hiring managers the opportunity to gauge you with a broad open question. How articulate and confident do you come across, what kind of an impression you would make on the people that come into contact with you and how well you are able to structure an informative response rather than a deluge of general non relevant information.

Quest Recruitment advises candidates to start this conversationwith an overview of your most recent role and outline areas of direct relevance to the role which you are being interviewed for. We would advise interviewing candidates to leave about a minute and a half to outline the aspects of your last role in a clear and concise manner.

The S.T.A.R. Acronym

As useful acronym with which to frame your thought process is S.T.A.R.-Situation-Task-Action- Result

The “tell us about you” question is in reality three questions;

Do you have the skills, experience and knowledge

What is your motivation and how does it match that of your perspective employer?

What are your values and approach and to what extent do they match those or the employer?

For Further information and Advice

We have fifteen years of recruitment delivery and can offer a lot of excellent career opportunities and advice. Our team of expert consultants will help and guide you through the recruitment process.

For further information call Larry Mccowen; lmcowen@questrecruitment.ie/016760505