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Chrm Message From: CHRM Total Posts: 209 Join Date:
Rank: Coach Post Date: 03/03/2006 03:57:38 Points: 1045 Location: India

Dear Friends,

For effective & interactive participation from all members, let us consider this case below for a while now :-

It’s been some time now that I have been a part of the recruitment process, having sourced, headhunted, coordinated, interviewed and recruited people from diverse industries and backgrounds. Surprisingly, recruitment has always been a function where my strength has been and my interest been personified.

I assume, all of us might have learnt to interview people by either watching our seniors or remembering those few questions which were asked by your superiors to the candidates, so that you can ask the same when your turn arrives. In this period, there has always been one question that has ruled the interview process which is “Tell me something about yourself”, which I am sure must have been asked to everyone. Now, I have often been asked by my subordinates as to how to answer this question. Does the interviewer expect the interviewee to summarize to him the contents of his resume since he is extremely busy to have a peek at it ? OR he is bothered to look at the resume only when he feels that the interviewee has enough potential while he answers this question.

Somehow, I feel that the candidates these days are judged directly on their answering this question. But don’t you feel this is defeating the purpose of spending that time to develop a prospective resume and preparing for other competent questions ? , if the interviewer is just going to ask the same question and decide the fate of the candidate on that.

1] So, what do you people have your views on this ?

2] Do you think this question alone can be used to decide the fate of the person ? (atleast partially)

3] Is the uniqueness of each interviewer in asking their own self thought questions (after reading the resume) lost ?

Hoping for views, comments, discussions on this issue, as I feel all of you must be having their own piece of experiences to share. Also a request to all the non-active members to wake up and participate to learn more about this informative topic.


Saumil Joshi
, Founder

Chrm Message From: rameshaditya Total Posts: 1 Join Date:  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 10/03/2006 02:33:55 Points: 5 Location: India

Dear Saumil and Friends,

Let me take the opportunity to present my ideas in the forum:

1 ) The question is being asked by most of the interviewers as they feel it is the easier way to begin with.

2 ) As far as I am concerned, I go through the CV completely and decide upon the information I require from the candidate. In other words, I normally avoid this question but indirectly I used to ask him / her with indirect leading to the topic.

3) Interviews are not Q & A sessions but one should understand the mere purpose of the same is to understand the candidate, analyse the suitablity of his skillsets / thought patterns with the profile we are matching

4) I dont think it is that much tough to handle such a question. Rather, one can take this chance to impress the interviewer by a) keeping in mind the job he has applied for b) his SWOT Analysis c) His Areas of Interests..

5) AND mine is never been an elimination kind of is aimed always at attracting the best talent to my company.

I believe I have given some valid inputs. I welcome your comments.

With Best Regards,

I remain,

Ramesh A Aditya



Chrm Message From: CHRM Total Posts: 209 Join Date:  
Rank: Coach Post Date: 10/03/2006 02:48:20 Points: 1045 Location: India

Dear Rajesh, Andrew & Members,

After going thru some  years of experience into Interviewing and Recruiting, we cannot loose the uniqueness of interviewing the candidates.

This question is one of those which helps the interviewer to make the first impression on communication skill of an individual. Thoguh not completely but largely this is the question by which an interviewee can create interest for the interviewer to listen to him carefully and build in the flow of interaction.

So the bottom line is, the answer to this question should be crsip and smart.

The purpose of preparing an impressive resume is not lost as this is that document which gives us the details of the profile handled by an individual and what have been his acheivements. This document, in any case has to be evalauted before calling for an interview, so helps in deciding the suitability of the candidate.

Any members to take this forward..



Chrm Message From: NehaG Total Posts: 1 Join Date:  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 10/05/2006 05:23:40 Points: 5 Location: India

Dear Friends,

I would like to address Saumil's second and third question in the same order.

The question is not crucial, but it gives an insight of the interviewee as to his preparation for the interview.

It answers some questions that the interviewer may have at the back of his mind:-

Is the candidate methodical?

Is the candidate smart enough to come prepared to sell himself well? Is this preparation fullproof?

Does the candidate have a good understanding capability? That is understanding of the job he is applying for. How much attention does he pay to details?

Does the candidate have good communication skills?

It also leads to other questions that might help in understanding a person. The answer gives hints that the interviewer has to look out for.


On the other hand this question should not play a major role in deciding the interviewee's fate!

The main objective of an interview is to come to know details of the interviewee that his resume is incapable of disclosing. So in this regard, the interviewer should ask questions which will serve this purpose.

So according to me the questions that follow play an important role in deciding his fate, because these are the questions which are  designed to understand the interviewee under consideration specifically. The questions that follow will give the interviewer a clear picture of whether the candidate is suitable or not.


Neha Gurikar.

Da Vinci Design Solutions Pvt. Ltd.


Chrm Message From: fritzymorris Total Posts: 1 Join Date:  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 24/05/2009 22:35:34 Points: 5 Location: India

Dear members,

I would appreciate a more professional approach to this question.The interviewer is asking you to tell them about your professional life, where you are now and where you see yourself in the future. Tell them about how you have reached the position you are in today and what your professional interests and goals are. Let them know in this answer about your commitment to work and your ability to be flexible and creative. This could be a brief history of your education and work experience highlighting your interests and aspirations. You may like to emphasise here that you are prepared to make a contribution to the organisation’s goals and indicate your ability to do the job for which you are being interviewed. This is also an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to fit into a team of people so mention how you have ‘fitted in’ to other positions you have held.
This is not an opportunity to talk about family, friends, hobbies or outside interests. Only
introduce these issues at the interview if you are specifically asked about them.




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