The first, most commonly asked question is, “Tell me about yourself.”
You ask, ‘Now what is that supposed to mean? What about me does this person want to know?’ Trust me, they do not want to know about the first memory you had at the age of three, your family or your religious beliefs! Answering this with the question, “What would you like to know?” may be perceived as you being unprepared or even as rude.
The best way to address this question is to provide a brief professional summary of your experience skills and competencies. You ask, “But I have no work experience! So what do I talk about?’” Remember, despite this being your first job application, you already have a track record to draw from! The first few chapters of your book are already written and you will be amazed what value you have to offer.
Your response needs to be pre-planned, well prepared and to the point!
“I would describe myself as a young, upcoming IT professional. I have recently completed my CCNA certification through CTU Training Solutions which I passed with distinction.”
This opening statement highlights the most important aspect of your experience.
Your highlights will most likely come from your primary and secondary schooling and can relate to academic, sporting and cultural achievements. Making mention of the fact that you were a prefect, a sports captain or part of an A team, lead in the school play or a winning debater, provides the prospective employer with your leadership track record and creates further intrigue.
“I am looking for an opportunity to utilise my theoretical ICT knowledge and to gain practical work place experience. Through commitment and learning I want to grow, both professionally and personally in my chosen career. I would like to see myself working as part of your IT team and to be able to add value to the role you have vacant at the moment. ”
Your preparation is invaluable. It will allow you to make a confident first
impression! It gets your interview of to a focused start!