How to Answer: Tell Me About Yourself

There are many interview questions which are sure to be asked in the job interviews- irrespective of your job type or industry or your experience level.

So, the basic question that interviewer would like to ask is “Tell me about yourself.”

Also, many job searchers hate this question, maybe, because they get irritated trying to answer exactly what interviewer wants from him/her to answer. But, if you prepare properly, then you would not dread this question.

I personally feel this question provides an opportunity to interviewee so that he can open up with the employer. Focus on those points which you think employer must know about you.

Don’t waste the time and opportunity by a long recitation of the resume (Some candidates start rambling on their hobbies and other interests which can make a weak impression about you.)

Your answer should be concise and it should be an enthusiastic response that implies your big picture fit for the job.

It would be better if you share your achievements and goals with the employer.

THE INTERVIEWER’S PERSPECTIVE

This is the most open ended way to start the conversation.

Employer’s ultimate goal is to find out enough information about you to decide if you can is suitable for the job. He is also on guard as a bad hire reflects his poor judgment and maybe, a mark against him when there is time for a promotion or bonus.

HOW TO NAIL “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF”

You can’t fit your all qualities and your high points in 2 minutes, so you have to work upon about how to answer and present yourself.

A great answer will address:

WHAT ARE YOUR PRIMARY SELLING POINTS?

It can include your experience in some particular industry or any specialized area. You may also focus on some special training and your technical skills.

WHO ARE YOU?

Your very first sentence must be the introduction that who are you professionally. It is not an easy task to do. You have to prepare for this answer well in advance. You must summarize your diverse background concisely.

EXPERTISE HIGHLIGHTS

You don’t have to assume that employer has gone up through your resume. Give your 2-4 best points that are best suited for the job.

WHY YOU ARE HERE

Tell them what position you want and also give a specific reason.