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The words, "Tell me about yourself," may not be the exact words used - but the question will be there.
Basically, "Who are you?"
You should be able to articulate what you have to offer - particularly as a match for the requirements of the job. Give a quick summary of your experience - your strengths - positve feedback you've received - and your interests (if they are interesting).
Don't just walk them through your resume - a different question - that's what you've done - not who you are.
The most dreaded question of all. Handle this question by minimizing the weakness and emphasizing the strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits:
There is a formula for difficult questions called the Sandwich Technique.
(+) Begin with a positive statement
(-) Slip in the negative (or weakness)
(+) End with a positive statement
Example:"I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I take every opportunity to practice speaking before groups and I recently joined Toastmasters which I find very helpful."
The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've given this question some thought, and are not just sending out resumes because there is an opening. Doing research should give you plenty of reasons why you want to work there. Sincere interest and flattery go A LONG way.
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This question is almost a certainty.
"Why are you here?"
If you are unemployed - (laid off or fired) try to put a positive slant to your answer for your leaving a company. If you are employed, you will want to focus on what you want in your next job - and not just "looking for a more challenging job."
The first rule of salary negotiation is to be prepared with your numbers - your needs. You need to know what you want - expect. And, you need to know the going rate for your type of work and position. You never want to be caught off-guard.
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