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How to Successfully Tell an Interviewer a Little About Yourself

Learn the Answer to the Most Important Question During a Job Interview

Get It Down Pat

Here’s an example of how Rob might structure his opening pitch:

“I grew up in Northern California and my family moved to Seattle when I was 8, when my dad took a job at Microsoft. For as long as I can remember, we had all these computers around the house, and as soon as he let me start tinkering with them, I was hooked. I got a Computer Science degree from the University of Washington in 2009, and my first job out of school was installing new web software for small real estate companies to let them be more productive and increase their sales. After two years I joined a startup with an amazing team and was the project manager for their first mobile app launch. When I look back at my experience thus far – and I’m happy to give more specific examples at each position -- my greatest strength has been the ability to spot emerging technology trends and learn them quickly, then work with teams and help companies profitably integrate them into their business. That’s why I was so excited to see your job posting for this project manager position, since it looked like such a great fit. Can you tell me a little bit more about it and the type of person you’re looking for?”