Because this question is so open-ended, it can be difficult to know how to answer it. How far back do you have to go in your professional trajectory? Is it acceptable to also talk about your non-professional background? According to Buffett, the answer to this last question is no.
“Don’t get into a description of your personal life and interests,” he said. “The interviewer isn’t interested in your love of Instagrammable vacation spots or your weekend activities. They want to know about you in a professional context in your own words – not in a stereotypical CV format, but to prove that you can demonstrate why you are a good candidate.They will look at your communication skills and your ability to present yourself in a professional context.
Buffett recommends taking a “present-past-future” approach to answering this question.
“Start with the present, talk about your current job — what it entails, and add a nice, juicy accomplishment you’ve accomplished,” he said. “Next, address the past, mentioning how your career brought you to this role and adding other relevant skills and experience from previous jobs. Finally, move on to the future, explaining why you want this role and why you’re a good candidate for it. »