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Preparing for an Interview - Part 1

THOSE TRICKY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – WHAT DO THEY REALLY MEAN?


 TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

When the interviewer says “Tell me about yourself” it's not an invitation to talk about your astrological sign or your cat. It means, tell me about your relevant work history in a few short sentences. But the interviewer already has your CV in front of them.  So the purpose of the question is something else ....

The real purpose of the question:-

This part of the interview is just a warm up - the chance to get the conversational ball rolling. One you've arrived at the last job, stop - ...so I left XYZ in February to join the private client team at ABC, which is where I am now."
You've given the interviewer lots to think about, and now he or she can come back with some more in-depth questions.

Now is the time to elaborate on previous jobs. For instance, if you worked in a teensy-weensy boutique practice, what were the good points about it? What did it teach you about your own ambitions and priorities?

Answer these questions with an eye to the job you are applying for. If you say, "I worked for a soulless American legal machine where lawyers were burned out after five years” it may not go down too well if you are applying for a job in the same sort of firm.

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER GOALS? WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS' TIME?

The real purpose of this question: -

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?

The real purpose of this question: -

This is a toughie. You must, must, must prepare for this one (and its evil twin, 'what do you consider your weaknesses?')