Tell Me About Yourself – Learn This #1 Trick To Impress Hiring Managers ✓

Tell Me About Yourself – Learn This #1 Trick To Impress Hiring Managers ✓


I think you’ll agree with me that when you
are asked this dreaded question “tell me about yourself” in the most intense environment
you can think of, the chances are that you will blabber and will make little sense if
you are not prepared. Worst of all, it will most likely be the first
question they will ask you in the interview. Today, I will share you a very detailed answer
that will increase your chances to win that job a by a large margin. I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting and also
the creator of Landing Interviews Guaranteed and The Career Mastery. I have been interviewing 1000s of candidates
as a hiring manager for a very long time. In this video, my intention is to show you
a different perspective than you find in conventional wisdom. Alright, let’s continue. First I will cover what not to dos. These will be short and sweet I promise. Then, we will look at why they are asking
this question. And eventually, we will craft the perfect
answer for you. Sounds good? Great! What not to do? – To start with, hiring manager has seen your
resume and even cover letter most probably. There is really no need for you to go over
your resume bullet by bullet. Having said this, it doesn’t hurt your chances
to highlight some of your most important qualifications and achievements. – When you are presenting your background,
don’t fall victim to under or over qualification. Just give them what they need. There is a very thin line between being an
over-achiever and over-qualified. – No need to share your life story. And oh god please don’t you start from your
high school years. It’s really a waste of everybody’s time. I recently interviewed a candidate for a graduate
hire role at PwC. She literally started her pitch like this;
“I graduated from grade school in 1995 from XXX school and then continued my education
further with XXX junior high in London. High school years were very challenging with
new environment…” By this point I was already done. Horrible first impression. I interrupted the candidate and asked her
to talk about her current experience. She definitely failed the interview. Not necessarily only because of how she presented
her background though. – Don’t keep it too long. It’s a monologue so nobody really has 20
minutes to listen to your background however exciting that may sound to you. – Don’t be boring. Please… You can show some serious enthusiasm in your
pitch. The more energetic you are the better it is. Oh, remember to smile. It makes a big difference. OK. Now, this is out of the way. Let’s talk about why hiring managers ask
this question. First, I will cover what everybody else thinks
why they ask that question. Then, I will tell you what I think why hiring
managers and I ask that question. Everybody else thinks that you are asked to
present yourself because; – Hiring managers want to see how your response
would be to a question that you are not prepared. Not sure why they think you’d be unprepared… – They want to know what you consider important
in your background For this one, I can agree to a certain degree. I’d also want to see what you consider important
in your background. But, the real reason I and I know many other
hiring managers in multinational organizations ask this question is because we want to see
your presentation skills! Yeap, surprised? After all, think about it, we all have seen
your resume, your cover letter, you have probably already passed the HR interview. Why go over your background all over again? Even if they haven’t seen it before, they
are holding that CV in their hands when they ask the question. Know this Companies want employees who are;
– presentable – represent the firm professionally to their
clients (especially true for consulting and other professional services companies)
– charismatic and likable especially if you are in a client facing situation
So, think about it; If they ask you to present the company, it would be unfair to you as
you have very limited knowledge. But what better material is there then your
background to present? Right? So, they are giving you an opportunity to
present something. They already know when you graduated, which
company you worked for, when you left them, what tasks you carried out for each of them. What they are interested in is;
Can you speak smoothly without stuttering? Can you be charismatic? Are you getting nervous when presenting? When you speak, do you impress people? How are your communication skills? How is your language skills? These and a lot more questions like this need
to be addressed by the way you present. See, this is actually an incredible opportunity
for you. It’s an unbelievable opportunity. Why? Imagine you are entering a college exam and
you already know what the professor is going to ask. Wouldn’t it give you an almost unfair advantage? It would, right? This is exactly what it is. You already know they will ask you that question. So, you just need to put in the work. You need to know how to present your background
very clearly and impressively. Alright so, how to do it? I will present you 2 approaches. Let’s call the first approach Toyota and
the second one is Porsche. In Toyota method, all you have to do is prepare
a 1 minute pitch. It will have 3 sections in it;
1 Talk about your current role 2 Talk briefly about your background
3 Talk about your future ambitions and why that company is the perfect match to what
you want. Something similar to this ;
So, this would be what I would say if I were in an interview today; I’ve been working as a manager with PwC
Consulting for the past 4 years. During this time, I’ve been providing incredible
value to my clients through strategies we developed and implemented for them. These are typically projects lasted anywhere
from a week to 4 months. Looking back it now, I must have done a great
job as engagement manager that our clients particularly requested for me whenever they
came back for new work packages. Prior to PwC, I was with 2 other consulting
companies again in professional services industry. And finally, or I should say firstly in this
case I guess, I started my career with S&P as an analyst. I was with S&P until 2008 which is when I
was laid off – I guess some would find this ironic… In addition to this, I have an MBA degree
from Cass Business School of City University London and I hold various professional certifications
including; PMP, PMI-RMP, and CMA. Now I’m looking forward to taking my career
to the next level with [the xxxx] and continue to add more value to my clients under xxx]’s
umbrella. I think pitching above would be good enough
but not necessarily something you would collect so many points. It would be like ticking the box. If you want to gain even further points with
your answer. Then, I suggest you employ a technique which
we use on a daily basis at work. In my line of profession, in management consulting,
we always present with supporting tools, for example; a PowerPoint presentation, videos,
charts, interviews with experts, the list is long. So, when I get interviewed by clients I always
have at least a PowerPoint presentation made up of only 3-4 pages which allows me to clearly
highlight what my relevant experience is, which methodologies we used, and how the results
were. I suggest you do the same. When you are asked to present your background,
or talk about your previous experiences, why don’t you take your printed out presentation
and walk them through the pages? Try to get that presentation printed out professionally
and binded with nice quality material. So, when they say “tell me about yourself”
then just say; “Can I instead just show you? I prepared a short presentation on this”
They will definitely say yes. This will
work wonders if you are an experienced hire, or at least have “some” experience to
show. This “some” experience can be small as
an internships, on the job trainings, even your part-time roles during studies will be
fine. The slides may look something similar to this;
Imp If you are interested, I will put a link to
a page where you can download it. Just remember to customize it to your needs. You don’t need to sign up or enter your
e-mail address. It’s a direct download. This template is a good starting point. But you can make it more visually appealing. While preparing your 3-slide presentation,
focus on your; – Key achievements
– Make it relevant to the job you are applying for
– Demonstrate why you are qualified for this role
The final step is the most obvious one; Practice! You need to practice your speech and delivery
until it becomes second nature to you. There is no stuttering, uhmms, wells, it’s
just smooth delivery with pauses and consistent eye-contact. Show them how charismatic you can be! Before, I conclude the video, can you please
do me a favor and like this video if you benefited from it? Also, this is a very new channel. Creating these videos take so much time. So, would you please subscribe to my channel
if you’d like to see more videos like this? They will be good indicators for me to see
if I should spend more time on preparing more videos. Finally, I have one more awesomeness for you
today. I prepared a 3-day video training where I
teach you how to prepare, pass, and most importantly land interviews with multinational companies. it’s a free training by the way. It runs for 3 days so please make sure you
are committed to it before signing up. Trust me when I say I share some real life
changing tips here. Alright that’s it for today.

100 thoughts on “Tell Me About Yourself – Learn This #1 Trick To Impress Hiring Managers ✓

  1. Omg??? I watched all the videos and was like "dang I'm so good now, definitely will get a job after a few interviews" but I just went to one and was hired?? This are the best tips in the world! Thank you so much, Mr. Sasal!

  2. Hello Deniz, I love ur videos and can I have the direct link to the template u mentioned in this video? Thank u and looking forward to ur more high-quality videos

  3. What to talk about if you are unemployed (stay at home mother in my case)? Do you talk about your last position?

  4. Thanks to you Deniz I got the job I wanted. With zero experience on HR field and not even done with my HR Management program I got a job as an HR Assistant. Thank you so much for your videos, you are a genius! 💪🏼🙏🏻

  5. I used to be VERY good and confident at answering this question. However now… after a very rough, blistering 6 month try at career advancement as a nurse practitioner, I feel like I fell short at answering this question during an interview to be an ER nurse, which is what i had done for the past 10 years prior to trying to advance my career. How do you rebuild self-confidence when you have been humbled by trying to advance your career only to realize that the grass was not so green on the other side?

  6. Great tips! Thank you for sharing. Ill be checking out more videos on your chan el. Just a suggestion for you, I think the image is overexposed, you could benefit from turning down the exposure when editing the footage.

  7. 1)i am introvert
    2)Ihave to talk in my third language in interview.
    i guess i will be jobless forever…
    (English is my third language)

  8. Your videos are great! My former roommate was a project coordinator for Mercedes and his tips are very similar to yours.

  9. Learnt a lot from this video. Can you also make a video about for eg a scholarship interview? I’ll be extremely grateful thanks

  10. What are some good questions to ask after an interview. When you're asked, "do you have any questions for us?"

  11. I have not really look for a job since at least 6 years ago. This few years all referral.. head hunt.

    Recently i quitted my job and searching for a decent one. Wish me luck. 😂

  12. And here’s one more possible approach to answer this question. It helps you to actually hijack the interview and lead it into the direction you want.
    Do talk about yourself in chronological order. But do choose a starting point well.
    You just briefly mention your previous job or where you studied. Then, you mention ONE achievement relevant for a role that you apply for. For project managers, its leadership, management, communications, administration. Your goal is to pick curiosity of the interviewer with these achievements. So, that they ask, “How did you do that?”
    Here’s the trick. If an interviewer asks you this question – you already have a prepared answer for it. Tell the story. Highlight your strengths, show the value you delivered.
    Ideally, stories should flow one into another. One achievement leads to another and picks curiosity.
    I do agree that if you prepare for these questions in advance – you are already ahead of the competition. The two approaches described here are also great but I’m not sure it would work in all industries. In software development, if someone would bring a paper presentation… well, no. Quickly share a simple link to a PDF document that interviewer can open on a phone or laptop.

  13. Thank you Deniz. I am going to try this #1 trick in my interview. Really a good one to post our impression to the interviewer.

  14. Looked at this video literally 2-3 hours before my first interview last week saturday. Helped me soo much and got the job offer today! Thank you!

  15. So what if the interviewer asked about your personal family stuff? Should we neccesarily answer their questions?

  16. Tell me about yourself ? lol
    this is a joke question.
    The answer is: "read my resume and ask specific question!"
    We are not here to be friends, we are here to collaborate – I have a skill you need, and you have money.
    The End.

  17. Hi Deniz. I want to say THANK YOU! I watched almost all of your videos before my interview last week, which enabled me to get the job! Your guidance definitely helped me to show passion and confidence during the interview. I will recommend you to all my friends! Thank you and wish you all the best!!

  18. So what is the best way to explain.
    tell me about yourself background
    Thanks. You said no high school background.

  19. I found it difficult to structure this part of my speech, thank you very much. Your suggestions helped me.
    Preparation is the key like you said no uhhs, ummms, wells etc..

  20. Tmr I have an interview and I have prepared myself as you said. I hope you're confident about what you are saying. I will update you with the result.

  21. You should get a pop filter for your microphone. Your s’s and p’s are sometimes very loud and screechy. You should also download audacity to improve your audio. Otherwise, very helpful video, thanks.

  22. I was searching for sources, as I have an interview with EY. I found this to be very informative. I have liked and subscribe. I have forwarded this to other Veterans for their usage during their transition to civil workforce. Thank you very much sir!

  23. I got asked that question yesterday at my interview at Walmart and I replied with I live 10 minutes away and Walmart is where I do my shopping. An ABSOLUTELY terrible response🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ but I still got the job…than again it is Walmart

  24. What if someone doesn't have interesting or important things in his past life, now he has good abilities and qualifications, how can he present himself in introduction?

  25. Hello, can you review 150 character answer of "what makes you unique" THANKS!!! BTW I just stumbled across your channel the other day and YOUR GREAT!!!

  26. I'm literally 13 and I'm watching this and I understand every word. I've actually got a job interview/meet and Greet.

  27. Informative video and well presented. Having said that, my field isn't the same sort as covered in this video. I work in production and manufacturing. Would you consider making a video to assist with that hiring process? If this isn't feasible, could you possibly direct those like myself to resources more in line with that sort of work? Thank you for this video and the opportunity to present my queries!

  28. I watch all your video and trust me they help me a lot thanks for having this channel for ppl to watch it and know what to say when they have an interview

  29. I think Job interviews are mostly useless,I myself I am bad at interview but I make a good damn employee, I get the work done ,im always on time,never call out (dont usually get sick) Im professional,I follow the rules,I work overtime when asked and the list goes on .But interviews ,i get nervous and a bad jobs overall .

  30. On the other hand,you have ppl that are good at interviews but pure slackers at work …nothing like their resume or their representation at the interview 🤷🏿‍♂️

  31. Well…I can't take rejection and it's a problem because I lash out uncontrollably and in my last job interview it took 3 security guards to pull me off the office manager interviewing me and pry my hands off from around his throat, but after a court ordered anger management course I'm a bit better.

  32. Extremely helpful (and new thinking for me) to showcase your presentation skills. I'm at the technical phone interview stage with the hiring manager so this is great prep for the in-person I'm gearing up to ace.

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