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Tell me about yourself.

Common Interview Questions

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    Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      Many interviews begin with the question, 'Tell me about yourself.' This question can turn any well-prepared candidate inside out. Why? Because it's open-ended. Where do you begin, and where do you end?

      A great place to start is to understand the reasoning behind the question. Primarily, the interviewer will use this question as an icebreaker. However, to you as the candidate, it can feel like being put in the hot-seat.

      The Past, Present, Future interview answer framework is beneficial for this question.

      Past: Provide a brief overview of your career journey.

      Present: Discuss your current career situation, as it relates to the job opportunity.

      Future: Talk about your career aspirations and how this future opportunity is a fit.

      When you frame your response using the Past, Present, Future method, it helps you to keep your thoughts on track, allowing you to deliver a well-organized answer with impact. If it feels more natural to you, you can also frame your answer as Present, Past, Future.

      Answer Examples

      Rachelle's Answer

      "(Past) I have worked as a Patient Care Coordinator for over five years, consulting with patients and determining their needs. I have always enjoyed delivering patient care with compassion and empathy. (Present) Currently, I work for a private functional medicine clinic developing care plans and coordinating patient-care services. This role helped me to expand my knowledge of program development while meeting unique patient needs. (Future) Now, I am looking to broaden my experience to include actively educating patients and working with an established care team to evaluate interventions. Your organizations' focus on care plans is one reason why I was thrilled to apply for this career opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "(Past) I have worked as an administrative assistant for four years, primarily working in the automotive industry. I have always enjoyed greeting new customers, being helpful on the phone, and helping the sales team to keep their paperwork organized. (Present) Currently, I work for the BMW dealership in the south of the city, where I manage the front desk in the showroom. This role has helped me to learn more about the auto industry, how to approach high-end buyers, and how to keep myself organized in a bustling and open environment. (Future) I plan to grow my career and would like to learn more about sales. Your Sales Assistant position seems like the next best fit in my career, and it would be an honor to grow my knowledge with your dealership."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "(Past) My background is in the hospitality industry. I spent many years as a Customer Service Manager, where I hired and trained service staff and resolved customer complaints. (Present) Most recently, I left my job as the Service Desk Manager at Hotel ABC, where I was responsible for a team of fifteen, including front desk agents and room service attendants. After two years with Hotel ABC, I realized that my skills and interests are best suited for the fast pace of the restaurant sector. (Future) After realizing my true passion is within restaurant environments, I set up job alerts for roles such as your Restaurant Service Manager position. I've dined with your restaurant group many times before and jumped at the chance to apply."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "(Past) I am thrilled to have had the privilege to raise my children for the past ten years. Although being a stay-at-home parent took me out of the traditional workforce, I kept myself busy and relevant in a multitude of ways. (Present) Currently, I volunteer on the Parent-Teacher Association, where I facilitate the building of healthy relationships between parents, teachers, and schools. A lot of this work includes building online engagement for the school and putting together fundraising campaigns. As my kids are getting older and more independent, I find myself seeking more. (Future) I have developed exceptional skills in social media management, creating compelling campaigns, and learning the art of persuasion. These skills align very well with the qualities your agency seeks for this marketing assistant opportunity. I am ready to step into the next phase of my career and would be happy to apply these skills with your agency."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "(Past) I recently completed high school, where I was valedictorian thanks to my high grades and dedication to the Students' Association. (Present) Currently, I am seeking out an opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills and learn more about the business and retail industry before selecting my post-secondary educational path. (Future) I am eager to start my career on the right foot, and I believe that this part-time seasonal retail sales opportunity will help to guide and shape me for the future."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "(Past) I have worked in the consumer product industry for over fifteen years, focused on key accounts and business development within commerce and e-commerce environments. (Present) Right now, I work as the VP of Business Development for a large toy manufacturer. My primary responsibilities include initiating and setting up meetings to sell multi-million-dollar contracts to large-size retailers and big-box stores. (Future) Over the past few months, I've discovered my excitement for SaaS and Fintech industries, which is where I see a significant amount of opportunity. I wish to expand my business development experiences across sectors, which is why I am interested in growing my career with your company."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "(Past) Initially, I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, where I became fascinated with children's mental health, specifically the rise of anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Upon graduation, I interned at a school for children with behavioral concerns. The internship sparked my interest in education, so I returned to obtain my education degree. (Present) I have gained considerable confidence in my knowledge in the areas of children's mental health, emotions, and behaviors. Now, I am also highly equipped to begin my teaching career. (Future) I plan to grow my career, specifically in outreach-based schools. I understand that your school focuses on the launch of outreach programs for families in this community. Your mission aligns perfectly with my core passions, and it would be an honor to grow my teaching career with this esteemed organization."

      Ryan's Answer for a Fitness Instructor Interview

      "I am passionate about helping people, which is why I decided to continue my education to become a fitness instructor. I am active and love to try any sport or type of workout. In my spare time I read up on the latest research about nutrition and ways to improve strength and flexibility that are accessible to my clients."

      Nisha's Answer for an Environmental Scientist Interview

      "I have always taken a liking to science. I was involved in several clubs and organizations in college that helped to foster my interest. I especially enjoyed working on environmental clean-up efforts in the community, which raised awareness for local environmental issues and got the community involved in helping out their neighborhood. I continue to seek out similar small projects to do with my husband and two young kids. We love to stay active and be outside as a family. I am a very loyal, driven, and honest person who cares a great deal about protecting our world."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Auto Mechanic Interview

      "I have had a fascination with cars since I was young. My father and I built an engine and maintained each of his cars together. I have always been intrigued by the mechanics involved and the new technology that makes cars faster and smarter. I regularly attend car shows because I love to always be learning and growing. In my previous job, I worked in a garage that valued excellent customer service and honesty to build trusting relationships with clients. I look forward to continuing this mission and working with a team to help people to resolve issues they experience with their cars."

      Heather's Answer for a Dietitian and Nutritionist Interview

      "I am passionate about health and helping people on their journey to total wellbeing. My passion for nutrition began just after high school when I made the decision to better understand food in order to manage my weight and improve my energy levels. In college, I had an internship with a nutritionist for a professional sports team, and I learned so much about the powerful impact nutrition can have on our bodies. I find so much excitement in helping people narrow in on healthy habits that will help them experience a fuller life. I also have a passion for running and yoga and love to remain active, and I encourage this in my clients, as well."

      Audra's Answer for a Digital Communication Interview

      "I majored in digital communication because it is the way of the future and all of the possibilities excite me. I've been working in digital communication for three years now with the same company. In those three years, I have worked on projects involving email marketing, SEO strategy, marketing campaign strategies, podcast strategy, and consulting with small businesses. I get fired up about solving problems and helping clients improve engagement and sales. This career is great fit for me and I am so excited for what is to come. Outside of work, I am on an adult recreational softball and volleyball team. I enjoy being with my friends and families and trying new restaurants."

      Heather's Answer for a Dental Assistant Interview

      "I am a reliable and detail-oriented person and am very committed to the work I do. I take pride in a job well done and have always held myself to a very high standard. I graduated with my degree in Dental Hygiene with a 4.0 GPA and I am always looking for ways to improve and gain more knowledge. I am also good at building relationships, and I enjoy the opportunity to ease patients' anxiety and help them feel comfortable while at the dentist. I'm looking forward to a new chapter of learning and contributing to the team environment at this practice. Outside of work, I enjoy biking and cooking with my family and traveling whenever we have the chance."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Benefits Manager Interview

      "I have been a benefits manager since 2011 after graduating with my degree in human resources. I enjoy working in HR and helping employees feel confident about their benefits offerings. Outside of work, I enjoy training for triathlons. Getting outside and training helps me release stress and stay focused while at work. I am married with three children, and they motivate me to do my very best in all that I do. I'm excited for the potential to learn and grow with your organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Kitchen Manager Interview

      "A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I am a recent grad from Columbia University and have spent the past 12 months traveling the world. It was the best experience that I could have given myself as I was able to learn so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US just last month and have been actively looking for work the past couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting into the routine of a career again."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Pastry Chef Interview

      "I graduated from a French pastry school in 2007 and even worked at a bakery in France for a short time immediately after. My passion is baking, and I often bake in my free time to experiment with new ideas and flavors. Outside of work, I love to travel, read, and bake for my friends and family whenever I can. I am creative, innovative, and a team player. I am motivated and excited about this new opportunity because I have always wanted to work events. I have worked as a baker for a catering company, and I enjoyed the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment."

      Heather's Answer for a Bacteriologist Interview

      "I am a Bacteriologist with a microbiology degree. My qualifications include four years of experience working for the State Health and Welfare Department. I am passionate about this work because I find it exhilarating to conduct research, make discoveries, and ultimately help humankind. Outside of work, I am involved in an organization called Microbiology in Action where I gain a lot of opportunities to further my learning and networking in the field. I am very close with my family and am a proud Aunt to three nephews. I try to spend time with them whenever I can. In this new role, I am excited about the opportunity to get back in the lab and contribute to the medical research that you perform at this location."

      Ryan's Answer for an Internal Medicine Residency Interview

      "I grew up with 6 brothers and sisters, so patience was a necessary virtue. Growing up they shaped my experiences and exposures. For example, when my sister needed hip surgery, we all spent a week in the hospital and learned how doctors and nurses were providing care to her including operating on her and controlling her post-operative pain. In college, I was required to take a human anatomy course which I really loved. So, I started shadowing a surgeon and took more classes relating to the human body, eventually completing my premedical requirements, and solidifying my interest in becoming a surgeon. In medical school, I loved my surgery rotations because I loved the feeling of being able to fix a debilitating problem that affects a patient’s quality of life."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Physician Assistant Interview

      "I have wanted to become a physician's assistant for a long time now, mostly due to the fact that I come from a family of nurses and doctors. I was always moved by the stories my mom and my aunt told of being able to help and heal people. I am very relational, empathetic, and love to help people feel welcome and comfortable. I enjoy working as part of a team and in a fast-paced environment. I'm looking forward to gaining further experience and bringing my unique skillset and experience to this hospital. In my free time, I enjoy trying new restaurants downtown and playing tennis with my spouse."

      Audra's Answer for a Geriatric Physician Interview

      "I come here a few years delayed, as medicine wasn't my initial goal--I had gotten another degree. I had to go back to school to acquire some of the pre-requisites for my application to med school. Since then, I have been on track. I am married with one child. After finishing my residency, I did my Geriatrics fellowship and then joined the staff of my school for a year until I could decide where I wanted to go next. That brings me here."

      Audra's Answer for a Swim Instructor Interview

      "In addition to being a swim instructor, I am also a teachers' assistant. I dedicate a lot of my time to working with kids. I enjoy being with young kids and watching them learn and grow. I have a very positive and warm demeanor, and kids respond well to me. I care deeply about the success of all kids and enjoy building relationships with each of them. I am reliable, responsible, and a strong communicator. In my free time, I like to swim to stay in shape and cook for my family. I'm really looking forward to this new opportunity to do what I love."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Flight Attendant Interview

      "Following high school, I started my career in customer service and really loved the growth track I took from an entry level position to a department supervisor by the time I was 24 years old. Getting to know one of your current Flight Attendants well through our kids' activities, she highly recommended that I apply. I've learned a lot from her about all the ins and outs of this job and it sounds like something I would love and be successful in. In my free time, I am very active outdoors with my family, and the kids keep me plenty busy with sports and other activities."

      Audra's Answer for a Paraprofessional Educator Interview

      "I just recently graduated from ABC University with a degree in Special Education. I would like to begin my career in the paraprofessional role to gain experience and learn from other teachers. I have known for quite some time that I was meant to be a teacher, and my student teaching experience in college only confirmed that. I love working with students, collaborating with teachers, and coming up with unique and creative ways to deliver information; I love the challenge. Outside of work, I enjoy practicing yoga and biking. Staying active allows me to burn off energy and relieve stress. I am excited for the opportunity to kick off my career at this great school."

      Audra's Answer for a Vendor Manager Interview

      "I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business. Just before my senior year, I had a summer internship in Supply Chain Management. I really enjoyed the internship and learned a lot about the interworking of vendors, invoices, and supply and demand. For the past two years, I worked directly under a Vendor Manager and helped with contract management, invoices, and supply management. I am an extrovert and enjoy maintaining relationships with various partners. I am a strong communicator and enjoy the challenge of optimizing cost and efficiency. Outside of work, I enjoy attending live sporting events with my spouse. We love to stay active and are training for a half marathon this summer."

      Ryan's Answer for a Loan Officer Interview

      "I have three beautiful children, and we spend a lot of time at the ball fields and at dance recitals these days. We love cooking gourmet meals in our tiny kitchen, and oddly enough, I am a fantastic beat boxer!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Residency Interview

      "I graduated from college with a degree in Biology and medical school has always been my top priority. I have wanted to become a doctor since I was little, and it is very cool to see this dream come to reality. I am very driven, personable, a hard worker, and a loyal friend. I study hard and take my schooling very seriously, but I also value maintaining my relationships with friends and family. Down time with the people I love helps me stay grounded and relieves stress. In my free time, I like to stay active by finding new hiking trails in the area. I am very exciting for all the learning I have left to do and the next step in my journey to becoming a doctor."

      Audra's Answer for an OB GYN Interview

      "I come here a few years delayed, as medicine wasn't my initial goal--I initially earned a different degree. So, I had to go back to school to acquire some of the pre-requisites for my application to med school. Since then, I have been on track. I am married with one child. After finishing my residency, I joined the staff of the school for a year until I could decide where I wanted to go next. That brings me here."

      Rachelle's Answer for an ABE Teacher Interview

      "I graduated from XYZ University nine years ago with a degree in Secondary Education. I have always dreamed of being a teacher, ever since I stepped foot in my kindergarten class. I started as a teacher's assistant and then took over the 8th-grade class when the lead teacher went on maternity leave and did not return. I stayed with that school for six years and learned a ton! In that time, I earned my reading endorsement and began to hear about ABE. I have worked at a high school as an instructional coach for the last few years, mostly working alongside teachers to support their development. I have really enjoyed this role but am now excited about getting back in the classroom and helping adults meet their goals. In my free time, I enjoy bike rides with my family, yoga classes, and exploring new pockets of the city as often as we can!"

      Allison's Answer for a Material Handling Engineer Interview

      "My name is John and as you can see from my resume, I recently graduated from University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Last summer, I had an internship as a CAD technician and I learned how to use AutoCAD. I applied to this company because I'm looking for a challenging position where I contribute based on my education and technical skills. I'm also interested in the material handling industry - the idea of how a product gets from where it's made to the consumer really interests me."

      Heather's Answer for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview

      "My name is Heather Smith. I am a Vocational Rehabilitation professional with a degree in psychology and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. My qualifications include fifteen years of experience working for the state department. My experience also includes knowledge of various organizations that support human rights and civil rights for people with disabilities such as American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities and National Black Deaf Advocates."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Claims Adjuster Interview

      "I am a very straightforward, detail-oriented person with great communication skills. I think these things help me a great deal in this role. I have 5+ years experience as a claims adjuster and I enjoy the challenge of the work. I like to work on behalf of patients and help them resolve disputes. I have been in their position myself, so I know the amount of stress they can sometimes feel. I am also an avid reader and I have been in a book club with some good friends for several years now. I also love to try out new recipes and get creative in the kitchen. I am excited for this new opportunity with your company; I think my experience and skillset will add value and assist your team."

      Heather's Answer for a Biological Scientist Interview

      "I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in science, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

      Audra's Answer for a Cardiologist Interview

      "I have wanted to become a doctor since before I can even remember. It wasn't until my rotations in med school, though, that I became intrigued by cardiology. Since then, I have worked for four years at the same hospital that I completed my residency at. I am passionate about helping people to feel comfortable and arrive at answers. I have an exceptional bedside manner; I've always been very relational and good with people. I am married with three children and we enjoy going on adventures as a family. We love to explore new hiking trails, go fishing, and often camp out in our backyard. I am very excited about the opportunities to come in cardiology at this hospital."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Assistant Principal Interview

      "I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Secretary Interview

      "I am positive, adaptable, a team-player, and a quick learner. I am self-directed, and I can take projects and feedback and run with them. I am creative and driven and all of these characteristics have helped me to succeed in this role. I have 3 years experience working as a secretary, but several more years working in a fast-paced office environment assisting with various roles. Outside of work, I like to unwind by going on runs and bike rides and regularly going out to dinner with friends. I am also in an adult softball league that I really enjoy. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to advance my career and contribute to this company."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Bank Teller Interview

      "I have a B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan. I have three years of experience in small business banking. My most recent position was with a small local branch, and I’m currently looking for a position that will allow me to grow into a leadership opportunity."

      Audra's Answer for an Allergist Interview

      "I come here a few years delayed, as medicine wasn't my initial goal--I had gotten another degree. I had to go back to school to acquire some of the pre-requisites for my application to med school. Since then, I have been on track. I am married with one child. After finishing my residency, I joined the staff of the school for a year until I could decide where I wanted to go next. That brings me here."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Correction Officer Interview

      "I am a motivated and hard working individual. I have high moral standards and believe all people should be shown respect. I strive to go above and beyond what is expected of me and I am good at building relationships. I have several years experience as a correctional officer and I find the job to be challenging and rewarding. I believe in high expectations and following rules, but I am also personable and approachable. Outside of work, I enjoy playing outside with my two kids and attending all of their sporting events. As a family, we are active in the community and enjoy participating in any opportunities to give back. I am excited about taking this next step in my career."

      Heather's Answer for a Cardiovascular Technologist Interview

      "I am a patient, creative, and detail-oriented individual. I am committed to my work; I get so excited about the opportunity to help patients and contribute within the larger hospital. Through my two years of experience, I have found I am very good at comforting patients and communicating important information to them clearly. My coworkers would tell you that I am reliable and go above and beyond what is asked of me. In my personal life, I am training for a marathon and am an avid reader. I like to spend time with my spouse and grill out on our back deck. I am very excited for the opportunities to come in this role."

      Audra's Answer for a Reading Teacher Interview

      "(Past) Initially, I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, where I became fascinated with the process and development of teaching students how to read. Only three years into teaching third grade, I decided to pursue my reading specialist credential. (Present) I have gained considerable confidence in my knowledge of supporting reading development. I have done research on certain practices, techniques, and resources that have guided my instruction. (Future) I now plan to focus specifically on leading reading-related professional development and coaching teachers to be experts in reading instruction. I am thrilled to continue my journey at this school and pour into the staff and students."

      Audra's Answer for a Principal Interview

      "I taught for 14 years at two different schools ever since I graduated from ABC college. I earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership while teaching and became an Assistance Principal three years ago. I have loved being on the leadership team side of things and have learned so much from my team and the principal that I work directly with. She has really helped develop me and challenge me because she knew I wanted to work my way to a principal position. I absolutely love working in education and seeing the impact that education can have on a child, a family, and a community. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children who are involved in various activities. We are very active and love to travel and explore."

      Heather's Answer for a Patient Services Coordinator Interview

      "A bit about myself - I have been a Patient Services Coordinator for 5 years. In addition to my daytime position, I volunteer at​ the local Children's Hospital, assisting in marketing and public relations for their fundraising department. I am originally from Montana and relocated here for bigger career opportunities."

      Audra's Answer for a Dermatologist Interview

      "I have been practicing dermatology for three years at a small practice with other doctors and specialists. I have enjoyed building relationships with my patients and their families and helping to ease their worries. I love dermatology because of the wide array of ailments that I see and just how quickly I can help patients heal many of those ailments. It is a great fit for me. I am now looking for the next step in my career where I can work with new professionals and further develop my medical knowledge and practice. Aside from work, I enjoy traveling to Mexico with my spouse every chance we get!"

      Holly's Answer for an Industrial Engineer Interview

      "I am a junior manufacturing engineer, who is responsible for process control for the pick and place machine. My work with the quality control department using control charts and root cause analysis determined that 99.6 of the nonconformances were attributable to poor vacuum in the nozzles. After changing over to higher quality nozzles, the issue became non-existent. I went to Georgia Tech in Atlanta and got my Bachelors in Industrial Engineering in 2019. I interned for Raytheon during school and eventually took a permanent position at Lockheed Martin in Texas. They recently downsized my department, which brings me to your firm today. I was attracted to the position of the Industrial Engineer at your company after I read that they are responsible for the technical support provided to Assembly and Production. Here are the times when I have achieved the manufacturing of products at the optimal possible price, quality, and time."

      Elisabeth's Answer for a Wildland Firefighter Interview

      "I grew up in a firefighter family and knew this was always my calling. My father retired as a fire captain and my grandfather was fire chief for our local department. I received my EMT certification two years ago, and just completed my associate's degree in fire science. I thought I wanted to follow the route my father and grandfather took, but I am more interested in fighting wildland fires. I work out every day to keep myself fit for the job and do a combination of Crossfit and mountain biking. Currently, I am working construction as a framer until I get hired as a wildland firefighter."

      Heather's Answer for a Licensed Practical Nurse Interview

      "Not everyone trusts easily. I believe it is better to under-promise and over-deliver. What I mean is, I would rather go above and beyond what has been asked of me rather than to tell a patient or coworker that I am going to do something and not follow through with it. Personal accountability is crucial in building trust with others."

      Heather's Answer for a Phlebotomist Interview

      "There are several possible risks when performing arterial testing on a neonate. Some examples include osteomyelitis of the heel, nerve damage, and hematoma."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Nursery and Greenhouse Interview

      "I have been working in a plant nursery for the past two years and I have really enjoyed it so far. I was a biology major in college which led me to become more interested in permaculture and horticulture. I am a life-long student at heart and I'm always looking for ways to grow my knowledge."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Dental Hygienist Interview

      "I graduated from ABC college with a degree in dental hygiene in 2010. Since then, I have been working full time as a dental hygienist and I love it. I love the flexibility I've had to pick my hours and I enjoy getting to know regular patients. I also enjoy the team environment of a dental office and getting to help people out. I have a knack for helping people feel calm and comfortable while they're in the chair. My coworkers would say I am sensitive to people's needs and very understanding. I am excited to continue to pursue the job I'm passionate about at a new practice. Outside of work, I enjoy renovating my home with my spouse and entertaining family and friends."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Territory Sales Manager Interview

      "I pursued a Bachelor's degree in (X) at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X sales/business development duties]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable sales and business development experience working for [X company] where I managed [X sales/business development duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X sales/business development duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Grounds Maintenance Worker Interview

      "In my spare time I really enjoy reading books about gardening. I also spend time in the mountains on the weekends, going camping and biking. I am new to the city and am looking for a grounds maintenance position because I love being outdoors."

      Heather's Answer for a Health Information Technician Interview

      "“I’m really energetic, and a great communicator. Leading a team of four Health Information Technicians helped me build confidence and taught me the importance of effective communication. I’ve also got a track record of success. In my last role, I prepared our office for our annual inspection which we passed with flying colors."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Legal Assistants Interview

      "I would describe myself as a hard worker, task-focused and efficient. Are those some of the skills you are looking for in your next Legal Assistant?"

      Rachelle's Answer for an Air Traffic Controllers Interview

      "I am a very independent and self-directed individual. I am a quick learner and very teachable. I have been an air traffic controller for the past three years and I really enjoy what I do. This career suits me because I remain calm under pressure and am very level headed. My previous coworkers would describe me as reliable, meticulous, and confident. Flying has always excited me and I take my role very seriously. I look forward to remaining in this career for the long term. Outside of work, I enjoy boxing at the gym and traveling as much as I can with my family."

      Audra's Answer for a Video Producer Interview

      "I am originally from Boston, but I earned a degree in Film from The University of Florida. While in school, I studied abroad in France and attended several film festivals; that was such a highlight of my college experience. Since college, I have worked as a video producer. I typically produce commercials and short videos to promote the work of charities and other nonprofits. I am now looking to expand my horizons and take the next step in my career. I also enjoy playing tennis, watercolor painting, and baking new recipes. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always interested in taking up new hobbies and furthering my professional knowledge."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Transportation Manager Interview

      "I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for (X company) where I was responsible for (X transportation management related duties). Since this internship, I have also gained considerable transportation management experience working for (X company) where I managed (X management related duties) and for (X company) where I was responsible for (X management related duties). These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

      Nisha's Answer for an Attendance Clerk Interview

      "I have a diploma in Administration. I have three years of experience in Marketing, and Communications, prior to entering the education industry. My most recent position was at our local elementary school, and I'm currently looking for a position with a larger range of duties, which is why I applied to your high school."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Project Accountant Interview

      "I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Accounting at UCLA and upon graduation I worked as an Accounting Intern. As an intern, I learned quite a bit about professionalism, confidentiality, working with a team, and working carefully and efficiently. I took it upon myself to take the initiative on extra tasks and always made myself available to help out with projects. I am easy to get along with and take direction and feedback very well. I am ready to take the next step in my career and continue to learn from your team. In my personal life, I am involved with an animal shelter in the community, and I currently have a foster dog. I love being outdoors and exploring with friends."

      Heather's Answer for an ABA Therapist Interview

      "I am a compassionate and dedicated professional. I have been an ABA therapist for the past six years, and I enjoy it because of the relationships I'm able to form with children and their families. It is so rewarding to assist a client or a parent of a client to better understand themselves or their child. I'm passionate about helping people learn and grow into better versions of themselves. I plan to remain in this profession for years to come. In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring different restaurants and museums downtown."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a dedicated and hardworking person who enjoys learning new things each day about myself and the things around me. I enjoy finding solutions and fixes to problems when I can but not in a way that can become obsessive. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s in Criminal Justice, so I consider myself equal parts analytical and empathetic."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This summary is wonderful! You show balance in your approach to work.

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      "It is clear that you are looking for a candidate whom is extremely familiar with the responsibilities associated with the USPS window clerk role and one whom could perform these responsibilities confidently."

      Kristine's Answer

      Good start. You can elaborate by talking about three things. First, you can explain your present employment situation. Second, you can shift to the past to give a brief overview of career highlights, achievements, and professional interests as a story. The interviewer has seen your resume; connect the dots. Briefly explain when you discovered interests, why you chose the field, why you left jobs, or what you’ve learned. Finally, you can say something about the future, like why you’re excited about the job.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I’m a QA automation engineer with 7 years of experience. My patience and love to problem solving led me to getting a master’s degree in Applied mathematics. My journey in test automation began in 2012 when I attended a course for QAs. After finishing the course, I was offered a Junior position at a company. From my first day, I fell in love with this profession. I was impressed by the team collaboration, how knowledgeable everyone was, and how much effort they put into delivering the best quality product. Throughout my career I worked on a number of different projects participating in a different stages of SDLC. My hard-work, adaptability, organizational skills and my commitment to the work I’m doing helped me grow professionally and develop a great set of hard and soft skills. I look forward to discussing my skills today and show that I'm the best candidate for the role."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Fabulous response! You use the Past, Present Future framework very well, and you do an excellent job highlighting the ways that your experiences will benefit the hiring company. Bravo!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I recently graduated with honors with a Master's degree in public administration with a concentration in public management. I've been working as a legal administrative assistant for the past seven years, and I have been providing excellent client customer service. Looking back at it now, I must have done an exceptional job because customers specifically request me when they have any questions or concerns. My volunteer experience during my undergrad allowed me to realize that everyone has a story and that we must acknowledge everyone is an individual. Also, small changes can make a big impact."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great edits! I have provided a sample below that you can tweak as per the company you are interviewing for.

      "I recently graduated with honors with a Master's degree in public administration with a concentration in public management. I've been working as a legal administrative assistant for the past seven years, and I have been providing excellent client customer service. I did an exceptional job, and customers would specifically request me when they had questions or concerns. My volunteer experience at (name of organization) showed me that everyone has a story. I feel these lessons and experiences have prepared me to be highly successful in this role with (interviewing company name)."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I'm originally from Egypt. Last 15 years, I have been working and living in New York. I've always loved designing and building things, so I suppose it's natural I became an art director. I learn while I am working with clients. I have a diverse background in the size of the project, type of client and role of the project. I love what I do. I came from a digital background to start designing websites and ended up working in the brand and marketing world."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a very nice overview, and it allows the interviewer to have a small glimpse of what has brought you to where you are today!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I’ve been doing entertainment marketing for a total of 8 years and I’ve launched a total of 30 campaigns throughout my career. I’ve worked on both original shows and licensed shows across all genres including comedy, drama, animated, and unscripted. As a global brand marketing lead at _____ Video, my primary role was to develop the marketing strategy and oversee the execution of 360 marketing campaigns for ______ shows. At _____, they would call the brand leads the quarterbacks of the campaign. I would put together the marketing objectives, campaign roadmap, creative assets, positioning, and messaging for the campaigns. I would also collaborate with cross-functional teams to execute them and to ensure that all elements of the campaign are on strategy, on-brand, and on budget. What led me to this role at _________ is that it’s one of the leading media companies in the industry and launched some of the biggest brands in entertainment which I think is exciting to be a part of. Additionally, I know there has been a reorg with the company to have a more centralized structure and to focus on streaming so I feel that there will be a lot of growth potential for the business. Given my background in marketing shows, I feel that this opportunity would be a great next step for my career as a new challenge and I will be able to contribute my background and experience to the team."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good! You sound very knowledgeable, goal-oriented, and focused. It leaves the impression that you know what you want. To enhance your answer, bring it back to the employer's needs. How will your background contribute to their organization or answer a need?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I studied psychology and early childhood education. I discovered programming during my teaching experience when I found myself increasingly interested and involved in integrating technology in teaching. It inspired me to make a career change into the programming world. Over the last year, I've been working on building my web development skills and did a remote engineering accelerator program at XXX where I have led and contributed to several different team projects. Currently, I'm working as a Freelance Frontend Developer at XYZ, where I utilize a range of tools such as CMS Programming, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, and Bootstrap and collaborated with other people on the team to create virtual platforms for events and meetings. Finally, your company, the team, and the mission align with my career interests, which is to help students create a passion project with real social impact and significance. I believe I can make a huge impact in joining the YXZ-Labs internship opportunity."

      Chad's Answer

      Great answer! You do a good job of utilizing the Past, Present, Future method to frame your response, and you highlight relevant experiences that demonstrate ways you can contribute to the hiring company. To make your answer more memorable, consider concluding with something personal that the interviewer would not know about you from your resume.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "After graduating with my Bachelor's in Accounting, I held a couple of roles, which gave me experience in preparing individual taxes and other accounting functions just as bank reconciliation, AR and AP, and preparing sales and use tax forms. In my previous position, I was tasked with learning a completely foreign system with no training. I was able to document what I had learned and create myself a training manual that demonstrates my ability to learn and adapt quickly. Currently, I am looking for an opportunity to use my skills and prior experience to contribute to the company but also help me to grow in my career as a professional, specifically in the areas of leadership. As I grow with my next employer, I hope to see opportunities for promotion and continuing education courses. In my personal life, I enjoy reading up on topics that I know nothing about, looking for new recipes to cook, and spending time with family/friends, especially my 5 nieces/nephews!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a solid start! I recommend using Past/Present/Future framing to keep your answer organized and on track. In the end, if the vibe of your interview allows, you can also add in a splash about what makes you tick. I've prepared a starter for you below. (*Nice edits - the detail you provide is great)

      "(Past) After graduating with my Bachelor's in Accounting, I held a couple of roles, which gave me experience in preparing individual taxes and other accounting functions just as bank reconciliation, AR and AP, and preparing sales and use tax forms. In my previous position, I was tasked with learning a completely foreign system with no training. I documented what I had learned so that my successor would have a training manual. (Present) Currently, I am looking for an opportunity to use my skills and prior experience to contribute to the company but also help me to grow in my career as a professional, specifically in the areas of (get detailed, here). (Future) As I grow with my next employer, I hope to see opportunities such as (talk about specific promotions or continued education opportunities). In my personal life (give a bit of information that will help the interviewer to connect with you on a personal level)."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a competitive individual who is driven, curious and gets energy from interacting with other people. Except for my experience as a Management Consultant. Also during my study time I was politically active at a high level. I have been a board member for several years and also was a representant on the City Council. I have studied Industrial Engineering and economics with an international degree, where I learned Chinese."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Try to package your response a bit better, so that the interviewer can follow along. A clear, concise response will be key here. There is no need to mention what is already on your resume. You could stand out by mentioning a fun fact about yourself.

      "I am a competitive individual who is driven and curious. I gain a lot of motivation and energy from teamwork. I am politically active, having been a board member for several years as well as a representative for city council. One fun fact is that I also studied Chinese while earning my degree!"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I started my career as a Tax Preparer where I was helping people file their taxes as per the legal regulations using electronic software. I also had an opportunity to work as an analyst recently. As an analyst, my work is basically researching the market online, providing supply chain analysis of competitors, and reporting the recommendations for the clients. I am currently working part-time and updating my knowledge with programming and database development while looking for full-time job opportunities."

      Marcie's Answer

      Great answer! Perhaps consider also mentioning any degrees or higher education you've completed and what you majored in. You might also talk about how you got into preparing taxes and why you switched over to an analyst position. Finally, consider offering more details about the type of job you're currently looking for and what type of courses you're taking to improve your knowledge about programming and database development. These additional details will help to really impress the interviewer!

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