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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Tell me a little bit about yourself.

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  1. 1.

    Tell me a little bit about yourself.

      How to Answer

      Many interviewers will start off with this question, which could throw you off a bit. You've done all of this research on the company but have you prepared to talk about yourself?

      The interviewer is looking for relevant information about the position for which you applied. Respond by mentioning your education, how many years of experience you have in your field, and be sure to give some details about your most current position. Conclude your response with a statement about what you are looking for in a role at this time.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from the University of Michigan. I have three years of experience in Marketing and Communications. My most recent position was with Amazon as a Marketing Coordinator, and I'm currently looking for a position that will allow me to grow into a leadership opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "With pleasure! I have over ten years of experience in the professional services industry and am interested in growing my career to the next level, and become an executive assistant. On a more personal note, I love to read, go hiking and spend a lot of my extra time volunteering with the humane society."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I am a calm and quiet leader, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Even though I am quiet, I can motivate my team and keep morale high. I was recently awarded 'Most Productive Manager' in my organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I graduated with a B.A. in Economics and started my career in sales. After a successful three years, I decided to begin making the moves to the marketing side. Freelancing on the side to shore up my creative skill set prepared me for the leap to my first marketing position as an inbound marketing coordinator. I am still with the same organization, but now as a content manager. I help build out the marketing calendar and execute its items from blog posts to social media to email marketing efforts. In my next role, ideally with your company, I am looking to achieve the next step towards a director position."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I started my career in retail very young. My first job at sixteen was as a sales associate at a large department store, and I have stuck to retail ever since. After high school, I achieved my associate's degree in fashion merchandising and continued to a four-year university where I obtained my B.A. in communications. Since then, I have held various leadership and management positions in both small boutiques and large department stores. I am currently looking to take my experience and career to the next level by pursuing this position as the department manager in your highest volume department."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I started my sales career in a large corporate setting, and there I received a promotion within only a few months. I decided that I wanted to stretch my wings and made the leap to a startup. There, I earned the fastest promotion in company history and followed that up with the fastest deal to close after promotion. I have had continued success here and am in my preferred sales territory. However, I feel that I may have outgrown the position and right now, there isn't an opportunity for a managerial position here, so I'm looking at outside opportunities, such as this one."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I am super excited and passionate about my job, the language, my students, and continual learning. I feel so privileged to have a job that I leap out of bed for every morning. I am a mom of boys, and I am a fitness enthusiast: as their soccer coach, the high school soccer coach for freshman girls, and a runner in my spare time."

      Ryan's Answer for a Dispatcher Interview

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      Rachelle's Answer for a Nurse Practitioner Interview

      "With pleasure! I have over ten years of experience in the healthcare industry as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Medicine field. I am interested in growing my career to the next level with your organization. On a more personal note, I love to read, go hiking, and spend a lot of my extra time volunteering with the local humane society."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Animals and music are my passion. I grew up with dogs and cats and horses on a small farm outside NYC. I am friendly, driven, and have a good sense of humor. I love volunteering at animal shelters and nursing homes for the older generation of people. I have an incredibly strong work ethic, as well. I have a dog and a cat whom I love dearly and make my days fully wonderful."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds as though you live a happy, fulfilling life! When it comes to your love of animals and your compassion for others, be sure to tie this into your future success in the role in question.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am an accomplished technical writer who has managed all aspects of planning, writing, ad publishing customer-facing documentation. Most recently, I spent 12 years helping to build a global publications process in a team environment. I am excited about this opportunity to work for an innovative leader in consumer and industrial computing."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good! This question is geared toward getting to know you personally. Is there anything beyond what the interviewer can read on the resume that you can share?

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