This interview question can be quite challenging because it’s broad, open-ended and always asked at the beginning when nerves control your response. The immediate thought process most candidates have is: “What do you want to know?” OR “How am I supposed to summarize my entire work-life story?” That’s why you need to prepare in advance and use a simple and effective way for structuring your response.
“Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed for this position today. As you already know, my name is [Name Surname] and I’d describe myself as an ambitious and self-motivated person.
“I started my career as an intern one year ago with [XYZ Company] where I performed [Task 1] and assisted with [Task 2] on a weekly basis.
In that role, a major accomplishment I’m most proud of was that I was able to [Situation] within [Timespan] by doing [X]. This resulted in [Accomplishment].”
“Currently, I am a fourth-year student with great interest in website design and digital marketing which brought me to [University XYZ] where I am working on my master’s degree.”
I find joy in social interactions and thrive working with a dynamic group of people to achieve very specific goals. That’s why I’m excited to be part of your team and help you with [tasks listed in the job description]”
Example Answer (No Experience)
I grew up in [City] where I attended [High School]. During those years, I got interested in website design and actively contributed to the school’s website in terms of content management and optimization.
My passion for web space development brought me to [College Name] where I’m currently pursuing my third year bachelor of [Field of Study]. In my spare time, I like to occupy myself with [Skill 1] and [Skill 2] to create responsive and optimized WordPress websites.”
Although I haven’t actual working experience yet, I’d love to dive deeper into [Subject] within the [Industry], which is why I’m excited about this opportunity at [XYZ Firm].”
Example Answer (Career Change)
“Thanks for having me. I am an aspiring [Job title] with 4 years’ experience in [Expertise 1] and [Expertise 2] at [Corporation XYZ]. I really enjoyed the progress and work I did over there, but now I want to pivot my career from digital marketing to website design due to my passion for web space development and [Personal trait], which is why I’m excited about this opportunity at [XYZ Corporation].”
Interview Question Tips
- Do tailor your response to the job description
- Do tell why you are a good fit in terms of experience and qualifications
- Do focus on relevant skills, personal traits and unpaid experiences
- Don’t talk about your personal or family life
- Don’t mention vague strengths without supporting examples
- Don’t memorize because it needs to come off as very authentic