If you anticipate first question which is mostly likely to come in your next (& probably every) interview, It might be..
Tell me something about yourself?
How you answer this question last time? You may have told them about your education with years & University , about your last role , your accomplishments ,your hobbies & probably little bit about your family background. Right?
So was that the right way to answer this question ?
Your job is not to answer the interviewer's questions "correctly." There is no correct answer to most interview questions! But the catch here is understanding his expectation, what he wants us to tell. When recruiter ask you who are you, he is not asking who you are as person or what you have did till now , he is asking who you are as professional. He wants to know what do you think is important for job what is your motivation for this particular position, what values you believe in, how about your experience so far in this field and most important he wants to see how relevant you can be while answering such wide question.
Let's try to make introduction which can answer all above questions. Only you can prepare best paragraph on you as nobody in this world knows more about you than yourself. Below are 3 questions which can help you to make exciting introduction & remember you need to prepare one story about you not points.
Start with pick up lines, that define your passion for that profession, why you choose to be that. which will create excitement & he/she will listen you with great interest. I still remember one guy started his introduction with these line . "I build nation in small old rooms. (took pause for 2 seconds) My name is ABC and I am teacher in government school of my village."
No its not about being poetic but in above lines he expressed many thing. This lines shows how he see his job, he was not limited up to teaching kids of village, he believes he is builder of nation. He has bigger picture about his job then just source of income. You can prepare something similar for your profession which defines who you are & what you do.
Second is explaining your experience & education. Here many people commit mistake. It's not time to explain your total experience or telling your score or telling your achievements during your masters, Dale Carnegie told "Talk in Terms of the Other Person’s Interests " it's time to explain how your experience match with their job description. How your education, certifications & relevant experience are in same line with what they are looking for & what awards & recommendations you received for performing those tasks which is your forte. Beautifully said by Mr Deepak "Certifications demonstrate knowledge, but not expertise. People DO NOT hire you for what you know, they hire you for the results you can bring."
End with why you are here , what's most exciting thing that you read in job description, brand image of company or whichever is your genuine motivation to apply for that position.(That shows your sense of purpose and seriousness towards the role).
Collecting brownie point:
While preparing your introduction never give them details which are already there in resume, give human touch, put something personal ,something you like most about their culture or what you believe in. Something for which recruiter remember you.
Be connector detector. In case if you know who is going to take your interview well in advance find similarities what common skill set you have with that hiring manager, companies you both worked with or writer you both follow. That's how you can connect with that person in better way (and that's why visiting manager's LinkedIn profile before interview is so important). Because they are not only looking for technical fit only they are looking for cultural fit as well.
While telling them your soft skills be picky with your words like - Rather than telling my strength is my "Never give up attitude" tell them "Ability to float shrinking ship". Create curiosity in other person. Let him ask you about that and then explain your achievements.
In your introduction if you want to put your hobbies or burning desire in any particular field which is not directly related to your scope of job , You definitely can tell them but rather then just telling them "I love photography or I really enjoy writing" you can ask them to visit your website or your blogs to see your work & also course that you have taken in that. That actually shows your level of commitment & passion.
Understand recruitment is two way street - a mutually beneficial conversation,not a race to get hired but at the same time your introduction must tell them you are not one of many & again remember you need to prepare story not list of events.
Maharshi Vyas - IIM |Placements, Corporate Relations & Strategic tie-ups.