→ most commonly asked question. The interviewer(s) can learn a lot about you, concerning the content in your answer and how you communicate this answer. This question is asked in both technical and non-technical interviews.
Outline of a response:
- Name, school where you’re studying, major/minor *optional: why you chose to major or minor in these fields *
- First experience, what you did there
- Transition into next experience, what you did there (doesn’t need to be a job, can be an organization you are heavily involved in on campus)
- What you’re doing now at your current job/org
- “Looking forward, I believe I am a good fit for ____.“
Your response may seem lengthy. To avoid this, try to be concise and sum up each point in one sentence.
“I wanted to learn how start-ups manage their finances, so I decided to work for ____, where I oversaw their accounts.”
You hit all three points in one sentence, and it states where you worked, why you worked there, and what you accomplished.
“I strongly believe in advocating for LGBTQ rights, so I joined ____ and worked my way to an officer position, where I reach out to communities and organize campus events.”