Answered by: azeman
Member Since Jul-2008 | Answered On : Jul 21st, 2008
The candidate should remember that this is a professional interview; therefore, you should not have to go into detail about your family, whether or not you have kids, are married or any other personal information like that. You should not divulge age, the year you graduated high school,national origin, race, marital status if it does not pertain to the job.
If an interviewer asks you to "Tell me about yourself," start by saying something like, "I studied _______ in high school, graduated and continued my education at the University of _________ (or took courses in ______), and graduated with a ____ GPA.
"I started working for ABC Company in 1996 doing _____________________ and left there to pursue_______________. I was then hired at CDE Company as a (name position), doing __________________. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and the type of work I was doing, but now I am looking for new challenges."
Short and sweet. Giving too much extraneous information could decrease your chances of getting the job.