Be practiced and prepared, as this question gives you the opportunity to create a positive and compelling picture of yourself. Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t regurgitate what is on your resume – they have it.
  • Be brief in your story.  Don’t get into your personal life.
  • Share personal attributes that align with the role.  i.e.  I’m involved in Vistage (or other leadership organizations), and I enjoy competitive sports.
  • Align your personal activities with the job responsibilities. i.e. I am an Eagle Scout leader, I’m on the Board of a non-profit, or I coach my kid’s soccer team.

Remember to breathe and pause appropriately. Avoid the ‘data dump.’