Usually, when someone tells you "Then, tell me about yourself", your mind goes blank. The options are so broad that it could be difficult to choose which details you would share with a new acquaintance. It is always good to plan in advance the interesting facts about your life that will be good initiators of a conversation and that will provide a well-rounded vision of you as a person. Use the following tips to make a good first impression.
Keep it positive
By telling someone about you, you want to keep the description positive and optimistic. Whether you're in a job interview or on a first date, you're marketing yourself, so you want your advertising to be interesting and relevant. It could be true that you do not like your work or that you have hit bottom financially, but if that's the first thing you say, you may make a negative first impression. Ninety-eight percent of eHarmony users rated their sense of humor and a positive outlook on life as qualities their potential appointments should have. Stay with the true facts that show your fun and healthy side, for example, your love for cooking or your recent bicycle trip around the country.
Consider the context
You have many details to choose from when telling other people about yourself, so you should let the context of the situation determine, at least partially, your choices. Your description of yourself for a job interview should differ from your typical introduction on a first date, since you are marketing yourself in your way of being professional. You should create an advertisement for job interviews that focuses exclusively on your experience and work-related goals, says Alison Green, co-author of "Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results." On the other hand, if you are in a friendly social situation, you should concentrate on the most personal information.
Keep a light conversation
You must focus on your personal information; however, that does not mean you start treating the other person as a therapist. Avoid bringing up your romantic baggage or your deep and dark secrets, recommend eHarmony advice columnists. You should not trust strangers with your most personal information, or manifest negativity or inappropriately intimate behavior, since you will turn on other people's alarms. Stay with the positive and light information that you would gladly share with anyone, such as your hobbies, your goals and your favorite movies or books.
Take a minute
Nobody likes a bore, that is, someone who can talk for hours and hours without worrying about the other people involved in the conversation.When people say "tell me about you", you are only looking for an introduction in relation to who you are. Practice a one minute propaganda about your personality and interests, separately to your professional propaganda in an interview. Then, when someone asks you about you, keep your answer interesting and short. This will give the other person the possibility to ask follow-up questions and offer, in return, their own personal details.