"So, tell me about yourself"... The inevitable question you are likely to hear an interviewer ask you, or at least a variation of this question. And I personally crumble on hearing it! Some of you may have been here already and answered swiftly on your feet but if you are more like me you could feel the pressure. The pressure to be succinct in my response, at the same time thinking of what is different about me that will impress my potential employer, and stand me out from the competition.
This is a challenge (should you choose to accept) for all current students, and grads of course, to get involved and try something new. Now is the time to consider joining a club or society that will give you exposure and experience, or why not volunteer with a charity close to your heart. What's the point? Well, the skills and values you can take-away from such ‘extra-curricular activities’ can help you sell yourself when it comes down to the interview.
Make the most of your time. Focus on something that is not just about job hunting.
Then, use this information to help get you noticed by your potential employer and from more than just your CV. One of the best concepts to work on when preparing for interviews is your 'commercial'. A 30 second slot is all you have! So, as well as reviewing your main skills and attributes this is the moment your USP (Unique Selling Point) can shine!
Below is the Right Management guide to...
Creating your 30-Second Commercial
This verbal summary should contain three major elements:
1. Background (education, work history and any special training).
2. One or two significant accomplishments and/or special interests that illustrate strengths.
3. Future plans and/or career objective as they relate to the organization being pursued.
To increase confidence and polish the presentation, follow these three additional steps:
1. Write or type out the “commercial.”
2. Practice it out loud, in front of a mirror, and perhaps even record it.
3. Create several versions so that it can be easily modified to fit any number of situations
In addition, we'd love to hear what you chose to do in order to stand yourself out from the crowd.
Good luck and have fun with it!
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