‘Tell me about yourself’. The classic opener to many an interview that gives enough ambiguity to fill any interviewee with dread!
Generally what the interviewer is looking for here is a short and snappy summary of your immediate career history, suitability for the role in question and reason in applying. As well as getting a bit of a feel for your personality and setting the tone of the interview ahead. Think of it as your elevator pitch. We would suggest preparing and practising an answer beforehand, being sure to tailor it for each interview.
“Since graduating I have built over five years’ experience within the automotive industry, predominately in the Fleet & Leasing sector. I currently work for a leading leasing company in a Business Development Manager position covering the South East. In this position I have successfully revitalised a previously lapsed area and have achieved a consistent financial performance against targets. Most recently I have enjoyed acting as a mentor to several other members of the team and assisting with induction and training. I am now looking for the opportunity to develop my career in a people management position within the same industry, such as this one.”
We hope this blog gives you some ideas as to how to answer this question in interviews! More interview hints and tips can be found on the Copeland Website: https://www.copelandselect.co.uk/candidates/
Written by Hannah Mcilvennie, Recruitment Consultant