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  • Hi, I'm Annemarie with Speak Confident English and welcome to your Confident English Wednesday

  • lesson.

  • This week we are focused on one of the most popular topics on the Speak Confident English

  • website.

  • It's also one of the most common questions I receive by email or from my students, especially

  • those who are looking for a new job, trying to advance their career, and use English.

  • So today we are focused on: Tell Me About Yourself.

  • We're getting very specific on just this one question because it's the most common question

  • in a job interview and maybe even the most important.

  • Both native and non-native English speakers search all over the Internet to find out how

  • to best answer this question and there are some fantastic examples and resources online.

  • But today I want to focus on one specific thing: 3 dos and don'ts of how to answer this

  • question.

  • Today's lesson actually comes from my own experience.

  • Yes, I've interviewed for jobs before in my life but I've also been an interviewer many,

  • many times.

  • And in that experience, I've seen some really wonderful interviews and some not so impressive.

  • I don't want you to be in that second group, so I'm going to share with you exactly what

  • impressed me as an interviewer, what helped make someone memorable, and what is important

  • for you when you interview for your next job in English.

  • Now very quickly, before we get to the lesson I do want to let you know that I have a super

  • special download for you today.

  • It's a step-by-step workbook that will help you think about how to best create your unique

  • answer to this question.

  • We'll talk a little bit more about the workbook as we go through the lesson.

  • But after you watch this video, make sure that you visit the online lesson so that you

  • can download the workbook and prepare, practice, and perfect your answer to Tell Me About Yourself.

  • So the first don't in today's lesson is: in this question, don't tell your life story.

  • Yes, the interviewer is asking you to tell her or him about yourself but they don't want

  • to know where you grew up or all of the travels you've taken in your life.

  • They don't want to know about all your time at university studying.

  • They want to know one thing: are you the right person for the job.

  • And they want to get an immediate idea about whether or not you are.

  • So this question helps them understand that immediately if you answer it correctly.

  • Now that doesn't mean there's a right or a wrong answer.

  • But it does mean there is a correct way or method to answering it.

  • The key is to think about this specific job that you are interviewing for.

  • And then thinking about your entire experience, your work experience, your accomplishments,

  • the skills that you've gained and choosing the things that are most specific that relate

  • directly to this job so that you can show you are the right person, that you have the

  • right qualifications, expertise, strengths to perform well and be the best person for

  • this job.

  • Now if you've never talked about your accomplishments, your strengths and that feels uncomfortable,

  • maybe it's not something that's common in your culture, that is okay.

  • I know it feels strange and awkward at the beginning but that is exactly why I created

  • this workbook for you,

  • to help you begin the process of brainstorming and thinking about: what should you say, what

  • could you say?

  • What is part of your background, your expertise that could be important to highlight in this

  • question?

  • Don't number two: don't repeat your resume word-for-word.

  • Honestly, this just isn't impressive.

  • Your interviewer will most likely have a copy of your resume directly in front of them and

  • they've probably read a little bit of it, so they don't need you to repeat everything

  • to them.

  • Again, remember, the key of this question is are you the right person for the job.

  • So everything you say in the response to this question should be those skills, those areas

  • of expertise that will make you the right person for the job.

  • They should directly connect to that position.

  • Think of it as an opportunity to highlight the most important things about you and what

  • you want the interviewer to know the most so that he or she can make the right decision.

  • This is only the first question.

  • There will be many more questions in the interview where you will have the opportunity to expand

  • your answers.

  • But here you want to give an overview and highlight the key points.

  • Now in the online lesson, I have given you some good and bad examples so that you can see

  • what I'm talking about when you answer this question.

  • And I've give you several more examples in that step-by-step workbook.

  • And don't number three: don't speak for too long.

  • Again, this is only your first question.

  • You're just getting started with the interview.

  • Your answer to this question should be about 2 to 3 minutes long, no longer.

  • This is your introduction, so you want it to be brief, you want it to be clear, and

  • you want it to be succinct.

  • If you know me, you know that I love that word succinct.

  • It means saying everything you need to say and nothing more.

  • Now the only way to make sure that you answer this question in the best way possible is

  • to prepare.

  • Yes, prepare before you go to the job interview.

  • Know what you want to say.

  • Practice it.

  • Say it out loud.

  • Time yourself to make sure that it's not too short (30 seconds is too short) but of course,

  • you don't want it to be too long either.

  • You want it to be just right and you want to sound natural and free and easy when you communicate

  • in English.

  • The best way to do that is to practice with it, get comfortable with those words and the

  • language and what you're going to say.

  • So after you watch this video, after you download the step-by-step workbook to help you create

  • your answer, feel free to share it with me.

  • You can do that in the comments section just below this video.

  • You can also read comments from others to see their examples.

  • And I do read and provide feedback on all of them.

  • It's a great opportunity for you to begin that first step of preparing and practicing

  • so that you have your perfect answer to Tell Me About Yourself.

  • And with that, have a fantastic week.

  • Thank you so much for joining me.

  • And I'll see you next week for your Confident English Wednesday lesson.

Hi, I'm Annemarie with Speak Confident English and welcome to your Confident English Wednesday

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