Getting to Know Yourself + Preparing For A Successful Job InterviewNov 11, 2022
The first question you will get in nearly any job interview will usually be something like, "tell us about yourself." As is the case for mid- and late-career professionals, you have likely faced this question many times. If you have been in a job interview (even just one interview), you have likely faced this question.
For Data Science, Mid- And Late-Career Folk
A key to preparing and delivering an impressive answer on the "tell us about yourself" question is knowing who you are. Likewise, the key to successfully transitioning our career is also knowing who we are. In this blog post, we'll explore what it means to know yourself and how that knowledge can help you in your job interviews.
Why Knowing Yourself Matters
In order to be successful in any field, it is important to know who you are and what you bring to the table. This self-knowledge is especially important when it comes to job interviews because it allows you to speak confidently about your skills and experience. When you know who you are, you can better sell yourself to potential employers.
The process of getting to know yourself can be daunting, but there are some simple questions you can ask yourself that will help get the ball rolling. For example, consider your values. What is important to you? What do you believe in? Your values will guide your decision-making process in both your personal and professional life. Once you know your values, it will be easier for you to identify the type of work environment that would be a good fit for you.
In addition to values, think about your strengths and weaknesses. What do you do well? What could you improve upon? It is important to be honest with yourself here; no one is perfect! However, acknowledging your weaknesses shows that you are aware of areas for improvement and willing to work on them. On the other hand, promoting your strengths demonstrates that you are confident in your abilities and willing to use them for the benefit of your employer.
When answering the "tell us about yourself" question (or any other question during a job interview), it is important to be honest, relevant, and concise. Employers are not looking for a laundry list of everything you have ever done; they want to hear about how your specific skills and experience can benefit their company. Focus on highlighting those aspects of your background that make you uniquely qualified for the position at hand.
Use concrete examples whenever possible. If you say that working under pressure is one of your strengths, tell a story about a time when you had to meet an impossible deadline or deal with an unexpected obstacle. This strategy will help paint a more vivid picture for the interviewer and give them a sense of what it would be like to work with you on a day-to-day basis. Finally, avoid talking too much; aim for 1-2 minutes max per answer. Remember, job interviews are largely about making good first impressions—so make sure yours counts!
In conclusion, knowing yourself is the key to success in any field—including data science! Answering the "tell us about yourself" question (or any other question) during a job interview can be daunting, but if you take the time to get to know who yоu are—your values, strengths, and weaknesses—you will be better equipped to sell yourself (and your skills) to potential employers. So go out there and rock those job interviews!