I have had many interview experiences – in different sectors and at different types of companies – and over time, I have realized that there were many things during an interview process that made me uncomfortable. Most often, it was the interviewer and his/her questions that disappointed me. And, whenever I found that I was sitting in front of a poor interviewer, my interest in the process had gone down. Today, I plan to share what I believe is the most idiotic question any interviewer asks.
It is – “Tell me about something about yourself“
While I have been asked many stupid questions during interviews, I find this question the most idiotic question any interviewer asks. By making this statement at the start of the interview, the interviewer clearly conveys that he does not have a clue about how to start the interview conversation.
And, interestingly, I find thousands of posts talking about best ways to answer this question. What a waste of time!
Mr./Ms. Interviewer, you had my CV before we met and you knew my background before we met. What do you want to hear? I am finding it hard to understand what personal or professional info I should disclose, considering most of the talking points i wanted to share with you are on my CV and rest I had shared during my telephonic interaction with your HR. Now, you have my CV as well as a briefing from your HR. So, I am confused a bit.
I am confused, also because of the posts on internet about best ways to answer this question. All the posts talk about stating my professional experience with some personal activities touch. And, the content suggested in those great posts seem to be similar to the content on my CV and what I had already shared with your HR. So, I am confused.
I am confused because I am not able to understand whether you just like to follow tradition by asking this question or are you interested in ‘something else’ about me. And, this ‘something’ is a tricky word for me. But, if you want to just follow interview tradition, then you are just another idiot. So, I am confused. The internet posts suggest that I should give you talking points – well, do you not have enough talking points about me? Do you not want to talk about things that are on my CV? I have not had any interview scenario in which the interviewer had asked this question and discussed an entirely a different aspect of my life – other than what was mentioned on my CV – during the interview.
I will be glad to know readers’ opinion on this, and maybe, other interview questions/experiences that you would have found stupid in nature.