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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.
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英文面試攻略:如何自我介紹?(Job Interviews in English: How to Answer the Question Tell Me About Yourself)

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Samuel 發佈於 2018 年 6 月 20 日    Rachel Kung 翻譯    Samuel 審核
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