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I have consistently recruited through, and been recruited by Profile Personnel.

Profile specialise in what we’d call "the right fit" and that’s why they’re our preferred supplier of Shipping staff.

Carefully assessing not only the Client's technical needs but also personal considerations of both the employer and employee.

Professional, personal and considered as THE Shipping recruitment specialist, by those in the know....

James, Import Operations Manager, (Global)

Tel me about to answer this iconic interview question.

So…tell me about yourself. Seems like such a simple question doesn’t it? How many times have you had this opening question in an interview and wondered if you are giving the interviewer what they want to hear or just a load of old waffle! This is such an open ended question, many are confused with what they should really be telling the interviewer.

Should you be telling them about your personal life?

Should you be going into detail about your previous job?

Do they want to know about your skills and qualifications?

Are you saying too much?

Are you saying too little?

It’s a minefield isn’t it? The first thing to bear in mind is that the interviewer only has so long to interview you. Don’t waste their time giving them information they can already see from your CV or LinkedIn Page. Equally they don’t care that you had a lovely trip to Majorca and you’ve got three cats. Keep the information you share with them relevant and interesting (granted, cats are interesting, but probably not relevant).

Identify the requirements of the role and the business by doing your research before the interview, write these down and think about how your experience and personality matches these requirements. If you know that they are looking for a self-starter who works under their own initiative, then make sure you highlight these qualities when describing yourself. Backing up your claims with a story demonstrating these skills is the best way to really reinforce the belief that you are the right person for the job.

Be sure to spend a little time talking about your career passions, particularly if they are suited to the position you are interviewing for. You’ll have talked about skills, qualifications and experience on your CV, so your interviewer doesn’t need a running commentary of this; this is your opportunity to show them that you really really want this job, and that you are the best person for the role. What makes you stand out from the crowd above and beyond the other applicants?

Don’t be frightened to let your personality shine through, after all an interview serves for your interviewers to determine whether you’ll be a good fit in a team and at the same time for whether you’ll enjoy working in this environment. All businesses have different atmospheres and ethos and you may be suited to one organisation more than another. Pretending to be someone you’re not doesn’t help you or the interviewer long term to ensure you have a happy and fulfilling career.

The main thing, like all questions, is to prepare. Spend some time researching your potential employers, listing scenarios and stories that complement your CV and LinkedIn page and make sure they are on the tip of your tongue. Practice makes perfect - use

Zara Lilleycrop

Profile Personnel

Telephone: 01322 389 111

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