When you write about yourself for a job interview, explain why you are the best fit for that job. Put on the paper your experience, skills, and qualities in a few words. Make them understand what you plan to bring to the table and how you can help to achieve their goals.
Even when we were little, just hearing “Tell me something about yourself” sounded so scarring and thrilling that we hated it, right? Most people are suffering from so-called “writer’s block”. This condition appears when a writer is in the impossibility to imagine something new.
Usually, writers tend to write about others, not about themselves; that’s why it might be difficult, but none can avoid this forever. Indeed, will be moments in life when we might write about ourselves for university admission, an interview for a job, our own memoir, or a blog post.
However, what are the highlights that we should consider when writing about ourselves? What should we write so people or readers can have a reasonable opinion about us?
How and what should you write about yourself to make a good impression, make them like or want you as an employee or part of their team? Here are a few steps you should follow:
- Be honest. People appreciate honesty and sincerity.
- Draw some borders. Don’t share too much from your personal life. If you feel there is something you don’t want to share with others, don’t do it.
- Highlight your abilities and things you’re good at. Describe how your education or experience fits you for the job, what qualifies you for this one, why you are the perfect person for it. However, try to focus on skills that are directly connected to what you are writing.
- Be humble. Even if you’re a prodigy, don’t flatter yourself too much; it’ll look bragger. And usually, employers are looking for people that know their place and value.
- Write about things you wish people would know about you, your job, or your profession. Usually, this is one of the questions they ask at the interview.
- Tell a story of something that’s frightening you. This will give a first opinion of what you are not tempted to do.
- Try to match the purpose and the style of writing. If you have to write about yourself when applying to university, use a formal, academic vocabulary. However, if you have to write about yourself when applying for a job at some “cafeteria” or something more joyful, use happy and jolly language.
- If you want the result to have a more significant impact, structure it as cause-effect writing. It’ll have a much more striking effect than a plain simple report.
- Write about your dreams and ambitions. Employers are interested in people with big dreams, big aspirations, and people motivated to achieve duties at a high level.
- Keep it brief, and this is very important. Don’t write more than 300-500 words. Usually, after 500 words, people tend to get bored and abandon it. Think that you are not writing your memoir, but you are writing for others to read.
- Analyze your writing objectively. After writing it, clear your mind and get through with it, once again. Criticizing it for yourself might give you a better perspective of what you should’ve written, but you didn’t. It’s better to do this after one hour of finishing it when your mind is cleared. This way, you will be a better judge for yourself and for getting positive feedback from it.
You have to be prepared to be able to put something about yourself on paper at any time. You don’t need a degree for this, and maybe you are employed in an unusual job or have strong reasons to leave your actual job.
Although it’s about a relatively short piece of text, do not skip the planning stage. Be concise, avoid a generalized or cliche introduction, and do not write all over the place, jumping from subject to subject. Try to focus on yourself and your qualities and experience, avoiding being overly confident.
If you write in your style and already know what to write about yourself, you can consider winning this battle. Of course, if this is just the beginning of your interview, you still have a long way to go to win the war.