Interviewing Workshop - During the Interview
Develop a 60 second commercial about yourself, then practice it. The question "tell me about yourself" exists in many situations besides the job interview. Developing a "sound-bite" of about one minute in length will enable you to be articulate and enthusiastic about yourself. In it you will cover: (1) background (education and/or how you began in the world of work); (2) skills, strengths and accomplishments and (3) job focus and future career plans.
Use the Short Story Technique to answer question. Don't simply answer "yes" or "no" - utilize this method and WOW the interviewer with your breadth of experience!
When answering questions, dwell on the positive. Even when asked a negative question, phrase your answer in a positive way. For example, "Tell me about a time you disagreed with your supervisor and how you handled it?" We all have disagreed with a supervisor in our working life about something. How you approach the answer will tell volumes about you.
Be aware of your non-verbal communication! Watch your actions when you're talking. Nervous gestures can distract the interviewer. Sit up straight! This will help you appear (and feel) more poised and confident.