Do you cringe when an interviewer starts the interview this way? Do you freeze and wonder what they want to hear?
What an employer wants
An employer is looking for anything that you are willing to tell them. This question is like a fishing expedition; they are not sure what they will get but they are hoping for something interesting.
Most people share their biography in response to this question. There are two downsides to that type of response: one, you may bore them before you get to the interesting and relevant information; and, two, you may panic and start sharing a little too much information about yourself.
But, you are in control. You just have to take control.
Preparing for the big question
Decide what you wish to say ahead of time. Decide which of you skills, aptitudes, experiences, and areas of expertise of most relevant and make you the strongest candidate for the position. This is your message. Share this summary along with supporting information and descriptions instead of your biography.
The wonderful thing about this preparation is that you can use the same information to respond to questions about strengths and the dreaded, "why should we hire you?'
For more tips to help you succeed in the interview, visit the Interviewing section of the UIAA Virtual Career Center available through "The Job Search" navigation tab.