ON-SCREEN: Simple Layout-Character scene. Narrator: It is a safe bet this will be one of the first questions you will face and the way you answer it will set the tone for
the entire interview. ON-SCREEN: “Keep it Professional” appears on board. Narrator: One thing that stays true for this answer every time you are asked; KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL. Narrator: Employers are not asking you this question because they want to know what Narrator: your favorite color is; they want to know why you are the best candidate for the job. ON-SCREEN: “Give a good First Impression” appears on board. Narrator: Employers want to hire the best person for the job, and your job is to Narrator: convince them this is you as it is most likely the first question you will face in your interview, Narrator: it is one of the first
impressions you will be giving the employer. ON-SCREEN: “Do Not Volunteer Personal Information” appears on board. Narrator: You want to give the most professional image of yourself as possible, Narrator: in order to accomplish this, do not volunteer personal information. please tell me ON-SCREEN: At the Boss’ Office Boss: “Tell me about yourself…” Interviewee 1: “Well, I’m 23 years old, I was born and raised in this city, Interviewee 1: I have 2 dogs and I love basketball…” ON-SCREEN: Narrator appears in foreground Narrator: This candidate has already set himself back, Narrator: you do not want to give any information about your personal life, Narrator: but rather your professional life and how it relates to the position you are interviewing for. Narrator: To do this successfully you need to prepare and structure your answer highlighting your relevant education, Narrator: experience and professional qualities. ON-SCREEN: “Highlight your previous experiences and education” appears on board Narrator: From the job description you know what the qualifications for the job are and what skills the employer is looking for, Narrator: so you want to highlight all of your previous work experience, education, Narrator: training and all other professional skills that are relevant to the position. Narrator: No matter what your work history is, you have transferrable skills. Narrator: If this is your first job in your field then highlight the skills and training you received from your education as they Narrator: pertain to the job and talk about any transferrable skills you might have gained from any of your work experiences. Narrator: Highlight your accomplishments as well. If you received any academic awards, Narrator: or any promotions or commendations from your job, feel free to mention it. ON-SCREEN: “Tailor your answer” appears on board Narrator: Not every position you interview for is going to be exactly the same, even if the job title is. ON-SCREEN: “Study the Job Description” appears on board Narrator: Each company has different needs, so study the job description and figure out exactly what it is they are looking for. Narrator: Once you figure out what the employer is looking for in a candidate, your job is to be that person, Narrator: so emphasize the skills and qualifications you have that relate to the job specifically. ON-SCREEN: “Chronological Order” appears on board Narrator: Try to keep your answers in chronological order. You do not have to recap your professional history year by year, Narrator: but detailing the experiences and skills that you have gained as you attained them in an organized fashion will leave a good impression on the employer. Narrator: Your resume can help you with this as it is in chronological order and can help you set a timeline. Narrator: Now that you have the structure here is a good example: ON-SCREEN: At the Office-Boss Office Boss: “Please, tell me about yourself” Interviewee 2: “Lets see, I believe I have a very solid background in Medical Assisting. I earned my degree in Medical Assisting where I learned valuable skills, Interviewee 2: such as taking vitals, administering injections, explaining treatment procedures to patients, Interviewee 2: preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician with examinations. Interviewee 2: While earning my degree I worked in customer service at ABC Fashion for 3 years as well, Interviewee 2: where I gained valuable communication skills and learned how to address customer’s needs, Interviewee 2: which enables me to relate and effectively communicate with patients and their needs. Interviewee 2: I also completed an internship at a Health Clinic while in school, Interviewee 2: where I picked up more valuable skills including updating patient files and medical records, Interviewee 2: handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and helped make sure the office ran smoothly. Interviewee 2: These are all valuable skills which I will hopefully be able to apply to this position and bring to your office”. ON-SCREEN: “Keep it Professional” on board Narrator: Remember, when answering the question, tell me about yourself, Narrator: keep it professional and do not give any personal information. ON-SCREEN: “Highlight your previous experiences and education” appears on board Narrator: Tell them your work history and transferrable skills as it relates to the job you are interviewing for, Narrator: highlight your skills from your relevant education and training that will help you in the position… ON-SCREEN: “Chronological Order” appears on board Narrator:…and do so in an organized, chronological fashion.