Tips from the Practitioners Series: So Tell Me About Yourself

By Dodi Walker Gross, L’82
Partner at Reed Smith LLP

How should the question be answered in an interview?  Here are some suggestions.

  • Be prepared.
  • Describe what you are looking for – why you are interviewing for the job.
  • Explain your personal qualities that make you a perfect fit for the job.
  • Talk about relevant experience that shows consistency with the stated reason for interviewing and highlights the skills that you make a perfect fit.
  • Resist the temptation to talk about hobbies and sports, unless it illustrates how you handle difficult situations or other aspects of the job.
  • Highlight relevant aspects of your resume.
  • Don’t badmouth the prior employer.
  • If this is all you get to say in the interview, make sure you leave a positive impression with clear information.

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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