You know it’s coming. It’s the opening of almost every interview and introduction.
“Tell me about yourself.”
Whatever you do, don’t jump to “Well what do you want to know?” Instead, practice a 30- or 60-second pitch about yourself so you’re never caught off guard with this question.
This short statement should briefly define who you are, what you’ve done professionally and why you’re the best person for the position. Make sure you’ve rehearsed your elevator pitch because this is your chance to make a good first impression. You’ll want to speak clearly, confidently and with the end-goal in mind: getting the job.
Take it Further: Record yourself rehearsing your elevator pitch with your smart phone or computer. Then, play it back and listen for places to improve.