You get the long-awaited call from the recruiter. Finally, you think. You set up the interview. The day of the appointment arrives. Hopped up on coffee, you locate the building. Inside the office, you shake hands with your interviewer, hoping you don’t get points deducted for sweaty palms. You’re seated now, back straight, presenting a facsimile of your personality.
Then, The Interviewer recites, “So, tell me about yourself.”
You’ve done some research, so you know that the last thing The Interviewer wants to know is your life story. The Interviewer doesn’t truly care about you now because The Interviewer has another interview set up with candidate #10. You know that. Of course, The Interviewer will care about you once you prove yourself to be a viable candidate, but now you’re a face with a name and a few credentials listed in black on a well-groomed resume.
Still, you know that giving The Interviewer the rundown of your entire resume is just a waste of both of your time. Unless The Interviewer has a severe form of amnesia, The Interviewer would have read your resume by now and has it in hand, anyway.
You want to leave an indelible mark. So, you think, what should you say?
Well, you know that:
You’ve done the prep work. You’ve done the mock interviews. Now’s the time to answer the question.
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