This question takes some form of “So, what makes you special?” or “Walk me through your resume”. This is usually the first question asked by recruiters during any round of interviews.
This needs to be well prepared and practicing is key. This will be the interviewer’s first impression of your personality and skills. Your answer should last around 2 to 3 minutes – enough time to tell a complete story, but not too long that the interviewer starts to tune out. The idea is not to repeat everything that is on your CV, but rather tell the story of how you ended up sitting in the chair across from the interviewer. Make sure you explain why you moved from one job to another (or didn’t), and the learnings that came with those decisions. Ideally, those learnings coincide with the qualifications detailed in the job description, and also show that your career has followed a clear path.
Finish by explaining why you are applying to this particular job, and why it makes sense now. The goal is to put all of the pieces together in a way that the interviewer can easily understand. This answer will lay the foundation for the rest of your interview as you move into more specific questions.
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