Now is your chance. You have made it through the initial phone call and preliminary interviews and there you are sitting in front of, who you hope will be your next boss or manager and he says “So tell me about yourself”.
What do you do? Do you do what Ralphy on The Christmas Story does when he blares out “A Red Rider BB Gun!” and start rambling on and telling him everything you have ever done hoping to find some similar or common ground? I hope not.
It is my experience that this question, in some variation almost always gets asked at some point. We also know that the best pitches or rebuttals are canned and practiced, yet we never plan or rehearse for this question. Why?
So what do you say? Focus on the task, which is getting the job. Don’t think because you have made it this far you are a shoe in. Highlight your skills and achievements and what your value to the organization, or more specifically the team is. “ I really enjoy new technology and developing web apps using Silverlight”
If you are asked about what you do outside of work, don’t go on about your softball team and how you can eat a large pizza and shotgun an entire pitcher of beer in swallow. Rather say “I enjoy playing organized softball and the camaraderie that comes with being on a team.”
Remember the question is designed to see how you fit in with the current workplace team or company culture.
Have a Great Day, Viva Las Vegas!