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Why Employer askes, “Tell me about yourself?”
Your present roles and responsibilities:
Your past roles and achievements:
Answering “Tell me about yourself?” as Fresher or New Graduate Civil Engineer
Bonus Tips to answer, Tell me about yourself?
Customize your answer to match the job profile and company objectives
Make your answer authentic by adding past experiences
Team Management or Team Leadership
Add your area of strengths during the storytelling of “Tell me about yourself?”
Be honest / Authentic when telling about yourself and don’t fake the answer
Show Confidence when expressing about yourself
What should not be covered when answering the “Tell me about yourself” question?
If answered perfectly, this question can assist you to win the half battle easily. This question is an opportunity for you set the interview flow as per your wish. Normally employer asks this question to break the ice and provide you with a comfort zone where you open up and initiate the conversation.
A simple trick to answering this question in three stages:
Well, “I’m currently as a Civil Project Engineer at HCC Construction, where I lead two multi-story design projects.
Before that, I worked at a consulting firm where I was leading the project as a project manager and while I really enjoyed the work that I did, I’d love the chance to deep dive with one highly specific construction company, which is why I’m so excited about this opportunity with this multi-story building construction project which seems quite challenging and exciting.
I had always enjoyed construction work, even going back to my secondary school days. This led me to pursue graduation in Civil Engineering, for example in college, where I was an active member of every construction-related work. In addition to construction, I got to learn how to manage a team.
After college, I took my first job at JLB Construction company as a site engineer, constructing a bridge over the highway, but I quickly realized my passion is on residential building projects, so I switched to the Building Engineering field. Here I discovered my planning and design skills and got the opportunity to enhance them.
After switching to structural engineering as a designer role and managing the two projects successfully last year, I realized that I work best on the design software’s side and that’s my new area of strength.
Now I'm looking to expand my experience across the planning, designing, and managing the construction of multi-story buildings as a project manager.
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My self Akash, I have completed my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Delhi Engineering College, India which is one of the pioneer engineering colleges in India. I am a professional, hardworking and resilient civil engineer who takes great pride in not only the quality of work I produce but also the consistently high standards I aim to achieve for my employer.
Now it’s the time to get an understanding of general interview questions that may pop up after the introductory discussion.
Please see the link to another blog regarding the General Interview Question.
I’ve been working as a Business Development Manager for three years. In my current job in the Business Development unit of my current employer, I handle identifying tender opportunities, preparing proposals, and travel planning for four executives and other staff members, etc. I also help to prepare fee proposals, and risk and opportunity assessment reports. I am a detail-oriented, well-ordered team member.
I always aim to complete tasks in time with zero errors. I am an efficient communicator and I can efficiently manage multiple tasks by prioritizing one after the other. In my last year's performance reviews, my line manager gave me an outstanding rating and recommended me for promotion.
A team is as strong as their visionary leader, so lay down your aspiration and objective that you expect to achieve together. What are your thoughts on your team’s roles and responsibilities? Are they well defined to the nitty-gritty? Managing a team means managing your expectation and fulfilling your dreams.
Praise in public and criticism in private. It’s important to monitor the team regularly but at the same time, it's important to give them free hands to take ownership. There is s term called Mighty Mouse Syndrome— it simply means creating a fall expectation that you are always available to help when they need it.
This could be the worst thing for yourself and the team. Be ready to showcase some past events where your project faces some sort of issues like team dispute, budget overrun, project delay, resource crunch, etc and how did you deal with that issue as a Team Leader.
Before the discussion, there are several steps you need to prepare. First evaluate your strengths, technical skills, and soft skills against the job that you are interviewing for. Your objective is to convince yourself and the interviewer why your candidature and skillset are better than others or totally suited for that role.
What makes you particularly competent to thrive in that role. If you are not sure of your strength, please read our blog which is specifically written for strength and weakness traits.
After listening to the question, normally the first thought that comes to your mind tends to be very close to the honest answer. So, prepare your answer as authentic as possible and express it in a simple manner. There is no reason to add multiple traits and skillsets when telling about yourself, play in your strong areas.
It may not sound like an important skill as technical skills but confident body language plays a very important role to get success in an interview, especially when you are pitching yourself for the "Tell me about yourself" question. To get confidence, you must practise your pitch as many times as possible.
While answering the “Tell me about yourself” question, there are a few important tips on what to avoid. If you are prepared with this, there is a potential risk that your answer will be long and vague. This can reduce your chances to succeed in the interview.
Here are some key points that you must keep in mind when you answer that question:
Avoid talking about personal likes or dislikes on political or religious or similar delicate issues. These can be very sensitive topics that could backfire if not dealt with intelligently. It’s always recommended to just touch and go if you are asked a question in that direction. Do not register multiple, incomprehensible skills or qualities without supporting examples.
Rather, it would be better to showcase two or three qualities of yourself and have some supporting short stories to back it based on your work experience. Do not rush into discussions about what you want in that role or how the company can help you. Keep such topics in the final stages of the interview process when they ask you for any further questions or doubts that you may have regarding that role or the company.
I hope the blog provides you with some better ways to answer the "Tell me about yourself" question and assist you to crack the interview.
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