In this video, I explain how to answer this classic interview question for those in the C Suite professionals.
I wanted to speak to those of you today who are either in the C suite or are aspiring to the C suite about answering the classic, "Tell me about yourself," question at your level. You see, for staff level individuals, they have to skirt around part of the answer. However, for you, there us a bit different approach that I encourage people to take.
You see, you have a longer career. As a result, you can't talk about 20, 25 or 30 years of your career when answering that "tell me about yourself" question. You can basically do something along the lines of, "I have a pretty lengthy career were I've done a lot of different things. At this stage, what I focused in on is 3 different things." Then you hit on all cylinders on those 3 points. 15 seconds on each of the individual points. That's because you don't want to do this lengthy monologue. After all, when you doing interview and asked that question, you want to hear someone droned on for 2 minutes or more talking about what they had done professionally.
You want the people who will be listening to you to choose between the menu of 3 choices and zero in on the one that makes the most sense for them. With that, you know where to dive in. You can't get away with being a generalist. You can't talk about 50 different things that you have done. Obviously, I'm exaggerating but you know what I'm talking about.
You have expertise and the zeal in your career and have probably zeroed in on that area, right? Focus in on that. Don't try to be all things to all people. If you do, you will wind up being nothing to everyone.
Focus in. Talk about 3 things that you are particularly good at and that you can really excel at if you join the organization. If they don't need what you have to sell, that is okay. They probably wouldn't have hired you anyway and probably don't have relationships where they could capitalize on those things. Again, focusing on where the strengths really are. 3 things. Tops!
You can get away with 2 but it is a missed opportunity. Then, dive into the subject.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”
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