So, Tell Me About Yourself – Part I

Did you know that we pass judgement within the first 7 seconds of an initial meeting? When we think of first impressions it’s typically a selfish thought on how we are portraying ourselves to others. What about organizations to potential employees? Both first impressions are vital to the employee/employer relationship. We’ll kick off this 2-part series by focusing on the individual side. To help jumpstart the thought process here are some tips –


1. Resume
Review your resume multiple times – check for grammar, spelling, tone consistency, action words, etc.
2. Initial Meeting

Introduce yourself first

Make the reach for a handshake and say your full name.Initiate and maintain eye contact (don’t be creepy), smile, be aware of your posture, dress professionally.These all tell the person on the receiving end that you are confident and knowledgeable.
PositivityAt an interview you want to maintain a positive attitude. When a potential hire comes in and bashes their current or prior employer that sends red flags to the interviewer. It is telling the company that you are not a team player and potentially have issues with authority.
3. The dreaded “Tell me about yourself” question that’s not a question
Chances are we have all been asked this one. It’s so open-ended that you must make sure you’re prepared to answer. Between nerves and excitement, you may go off on what time of day you were born and what hospital it was at. Be sure to stick to things that are work-related.A good guideline for this is to focus on where you’re at now in your career, professional skills/accomplishments, and what your professional goals are.
4. First day
Arrive on time. Your best bet is to get parked and settled a little early, but walk in about 5-10 minutes before your scheduled arrival time.Dress to impress.Take it in. Observe and absorb your surroundings and the people in it. Don’t get too caught up in your head worrying about small things.Smile, and be open. Greet others in the office if you don’t get introduced by your supervisor or HR.
Next time you find yourself standing in front of an HR representative or having a conversation at a networking event, keep some of these tips in mind to ensure a beneficial first interaction.
Employers, did you know that employees are typically at their highest engagement level the first 6 months of employment? Keep an eye out for Part 2 on how to take advantage of this.