This is an essential question in most interviews that allows the faculty member to learn more about who you are. It is important to include the correct information in your response to this question. Structure your answer so it provides faculty with enough information on who you are:
What are your interests?
What are you currently working on?
What have you worked on in the past?
What are your future goals?
*It can take about 3-5 minutes to answer these questions*
Tips for answering the "About Yourself" question:
Practice and highlight the key points of your answer
Provide specific examples that have helped you get to where you are
Highlight how their research aligns with your future and career goals
What are you interested in? What are you currently working on?
"I have been interested in dairy cattle research for some time now and have had experience handling and obtaining urine, feces, and milk samples. One reason why I particularly enjoy working with cattle is that I’m more comfortable with cattle anatomy and the challenges that go along with it. Currently, I am a part-time employee at the Dairy Center.”
What have you worked on in the past? Mention your strengths & abilities.
“During my recent experience assisting in research, I was responsible for moving and handling cattle at the Dairy Center. I had to be an effective communicator for things to run smoothly. My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I make sure it is completed on time."