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Interview Tips – “Can You Describe Your Background”

By Amit Puri

This is a job interview question that’s used fairly frequently. Recruiters like it because it provides a straightforward place to begin and can also cover lots of ground. Also many recruiters don’t really know what questions to ask, so this is a straightforward way out. For you as a person searching for job opportunities, it is a nice question. It offers you an opportunity to provide an in depth background about your self and can also enable you to steer the interview in a path that you want. You might be tempted to supply your whole life history (where you grew up, the number of children you’ve got, and so on) as a response to this query; however, most of it will be un-important. You will need to concentrate on what the recruiter is most concerned with – which is something that reveals you will be able to carry out the job well. One good method to deal with the question is offered below:

First provide a abstract of your previous training and experience. At this stage do not give an excessive amount of detail. For your work experience, point out the place you worked and what your job involved. For your training, skip school and start with university. Talk about which university you went to (especially if it is well-known) and what you studied (particularly if it is relevant for the goal position)

Then for the most relevant education/experience you want to elaborate a bit by speaking about a few of your significant achievements, which highligh the important strengths (most wanted for the target job) you displayed, together with a specific example/scenario to serve as proof. A superb structure to use for this is CAR:

Challenge: What was the situation or challenge that you faced?

Action: What actions did you take get around the challenge?

Results: What were benefits?

Amit Puri has over 10 years of career advisory & business management experience. He heads Sandbox Advisors a career, job search, recruitment & HR consulting firm in Singapore.Visit their (Career & Job Search Insights for Singapore) for research, tips and videos, on cover letter examples, job interview preparation, job openings, career choice & more.

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