“Tell me about yourself.” The most dreaded interview question. It’s almost always asked and easily flubbed. Eyes grow wide and there’s confusion accompanied by stuttering. But why? Sure it’s a boring question but as a Advanced Practice Provider, you can make it interesting with a great answer.
Changing your thinking can make – tell me about yourself – the beginning of a great interview and maybe a brand new job. You just have to change how you see the question.
First, your answer needs to show confidence. Don’t hesitate like you don’t know who you are. You know! Make sure your response is concise, honest and enthusiastic. Show them right off the bat that you are sure of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Your goal is answer the question and make good impression right from the start.
Tell Me About Yourself Question Do’s and Don’ts:
- Don’t tell them your entire life story
- Don’t talk about every job – in essence a verbal resume
- Don’t give a long rambling answer
- Don’t ask questions like – do you mean me as a person or my jobs? Or What do you want to know? You might as well say, I’m unprepared and give the job to someone else.
Remember, this question is about selling your professional self. It’s important because it sets the tone of the rest of the interview.
- Prepare – take time and write out your answer to the question.
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
- Though your answer is about you – it’s really about them and what are going to do for them as a Advanced Practice Provider.
- Think about which of your strengths and/or achievements are relevant to the job.
- Research – find the job description so you’re sure you know what they feel is important for the position.
Prepare your Tell Me About Yourself Answer:
As you work on your answer, think about it in three parts: Who are you now / Why your skills or why you / Why you are a good fit
- Part one – Who are you now – I’m a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant working with a busy internal medicine practice and see 15-20 patients daily. I’ve been working as NP for the past five years and love it.
- Part two – Why you? What makes you special – what you’ve achieved, show off your skills. Giving examples or telling a brief story can help make you even more compelling. My background includes working in the ER prior to this job and I am able to handle a fast paced environment. Patients respond well to me and I enjoy helping them.
- Part three – show them why you’re a good fit. I’m very excited about this job; it’s where I see my career as a NP/PA going. I’m excited about to be able to use the cardiology skills I gained with my current practice more extensively with your practice. And I read that Dr. So and so has just started a community program that I’d love to be apart of. You get the idea; a little extra research never hurts.
Being prepared and ready to answer this question makes sure you start your interview on a positive note.