What does an interviewer want you to tell about yourselfI can’t tell you what every interviewer is looking for, of course. But I can tell you a little something about how I like to use the question to find out more about the person than I can get from a mere resume:
(1) First, I just want to know what the person thinks is important enough to tell me. It helps me see how they might approach work situations – can they zero in on the relevant points or will they wander off in all kinds of unrelated directions.
(2) This is also a great question for seeing how the candidate organizes their thoughts. Is the story connected and linear or do they jump all around in time and location.
(3) Do they show me anything that helps me see how well they understand the job and the way their experience relates to the job – or are they just telling me a nice story.
(4) Are they being real, or does it sound like a rehearsed, canned speech. This is the time to try to connect on a human level. Great words don’t win the interview if you never connect with the interviewer.
(5) Have they told me anything they shouldn’t about a prior employer or something personal that makes me question their true interest in, or aptitude for, this job.