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Tell Me About Yourself - Part 2

Updated on March 14, 2011
Just keep focused on your goal and aim for it.
Just keep focused on your goal and aim for it.

Scarcity of jobs is still one of the major problems in our country. Based on the report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unemployed persons is 13.7 million or an unemployment rate of 8.9% for February 2011. Although the jobless rate was down, the Department of Labor reported that the seasonally adjusted Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims have increased to 397,000 in the week ending March 5 of the current year. This is an additional 26,000 claims compared to the previous week’s figure of 371,000. The decline in the unemployment rate shows a less significant changed in the workforce.

Every individual, who are looking for jobs, should double their efforts to find a good employer. In order to help you with your job hunt, I decided to share this idea with you as a guide in answering the interview question: tell me about yourself in a counseling perspective.

The “tell me about yourself” question in a counseling perspective are usually asked for applicants in the educational or medical field such as a Guidance Counselor, Teacher, Teacher’s Aide, Career Coach, Professors, Medical Therapist, or even Nurse positions. Applicants should remember that counseling involves a personal relationship. It also requires honesty, sincerity, acceptance, and understanding between the counselor/teacher/therapist and the client/student/patient as basic ingredients for successful outcomes. With this in mind, you may ask yourself the following questions:

1.   What are the possible job duties and responsibilities required for the position?

     This will help you decide if your background and experiences may qualify for the position based on the requirements of your prospective employer.

2.   How prepared are you to face or counsel clients/students/patients from different cultural background, gender, age, religious orientation, or socio-economic group?

     This will help you analyze your level of adaptability to various cultural and socio-economic groups, which is necessary in determining your people-handling skills.

3.   What are the potential barriers that would make it difficult for you to develop a working relationship with your client/students/patients?

     This will help you determine your possible weaknesses or drawbacks for the position. It will prepare you find workable solutions to overcome these difficulties.

4.   What are the possible concepts, theories or techniques that you think might best work for the environment of your prospective employer?

     Generally, the concepts, theories and techniques used in counseling vary between educational and medical field. Your answer will help you determine if your counseling skill is fitted for the needs of your prospective employer.

These self-evaluation questions are important before you can answer your interviewer in a counseling perspective. You may also consider the response in a Human Resource (HR) perspective as cited in our article, Tell Me About Yourself – Part 1. However, the most applicable reply is to know your personal preferences and skills about counseling versus what your prospective employer needs as it relates to the specific position for which you are being interviewed.

Just keep focused on your goal and aim for it. Good luck!


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      Michelle Orelup 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Yes, I agree. You must be able to talk about your accomplishments in a professional manner. I think that a lot of people think they need to describe their job, but the real story is about what they have been able to accomplish in their role.

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      TINA V 6 years ago

      amithak50, thank you for checking out this hub.

      lifelovemystery, a little bragging about your accomplishments with your previous employers is not bad; but it is actually the way a person says it that matters. Thank you for your suggestion.

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      Michelle Orelup 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      One suggestion is to have a 30-second elevator speech ready. This is what you have to offer and what you have done to bring value to your present and past employers. Be prepared to brag about yourself anywhere to anyone. People frequently ask, "What do you do?" If you are prepared with an answer then this becomes very easy to do in an interview. Great hub!

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      amithak50 6 years ago from India

      Great post ..nice tips

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      TINA V 6 years ago

      Hi Jo,

      I'm glad you like this hub. Thank you for voting it up. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great article..I voted up! right on!:)

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      Hi heart4thworld,

      I agree with you that some interviewers may ask that question about the qualities of an applicant and how it can be beneficial to the position. This is similar to the job question: “Why should we hire you?” This becomes the opportunity of the applicant to explain his qualities and skills and how he can use it to perform the job required in the position. Also, it may pertain to the relevance of his qualities to the position. This is a good concern that you have shared with us. I hope it will help prepare our readers for their job interviews.

      I really appreciate your comment. Thank you for checking out this hub. Enjoy your week!

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Yes an interview can be a tricky thing, especially with the heightened competition out there. Another question that I was taught, to be ready to answer was: what are your better qualities, and how can they be beneficial to this position, in the event you are hired? Good questions, to keep in preparation for potential interviews:) Thanks!

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      @ Hi Darlene, there are times that we sometimes learn the hard way, but I’m glad to hear that you have seen him change. I hope this article will help your son and other readers who are also in need of work.

      @ Hi Micky, I really appreciate all your support. Thank you for comment, and indeed, I hope this will help our readers find the right job for them.

      @ Hi RevLady, I really appreciate your comment. I hope this will help prepare job seekers for their interview.

      @ Hi Crystolite, I’m glad you find this article well elaborated. I hope I made it more easier for job seekers to understand in order to help them prepare for their interview.

      I apologize for my late reply. Thank you everybody for checking out this hub. Have a great weekend to all!

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Awesome article which is well descriptive and elaborated.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      An excellent prepartory hub for job interviews. Thanks for sharing.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      This is great find the right job and employee. Thank you Tina!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Great hub Tina, I am forwarding this on to my son, he has been off work for two years, and was very successful. I have seen him change, he feels like he has lost, life has not been good to him, and that is so sad, and so many others. Thank you for thinking of all those people out of work. Rate up, love & peace darski