“So, tell me a little about yourself.” The dreaded open-ended interview question. It’s inevitable. I shift in my seat, cough, and then drone on in a prepared statement about my qualifications, effectively reciting my cover letter by memory. “I AM A HUMAN FEMALE WHO ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND FROM TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT TO TWO THOUSAND AND TWELVE…” Everything I’m saying is true, but I watch in horror as the interviewer’s eyes glaze over, the corners of their mouth twist into a forced smile, and they sigh, preparing to power through the rest of the interview.
I consider myself to be a somewhat interesting human being, so why do I lose all personality and sense of self when answering this question? I truly struggled with this before I started improvising, but I no longer fear it after applying these three simple improv rules.Read More