How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ in an Interview

This is the most dreaded question in interviews and is usually the first question asked. This question also sets the pace and mood for the interview depending on how one answers. Below are 4 tips on how to tackle this question:

Do not talk about your personal life or family

This is not the time to talk about your family life, your choices or career mistakes you have made in the past. Instead, talk about your qualifications, experience and why you are a good fit for the role.

Talk about your professional work story

A good professional work story needs to engaging, compelling, clear and complete. Give a snapshot of you work history. Start from the earliest profession you ever held and remember to mention the key things below while talking about your professional history.

  • Company name
  • Your title
  • Number of years of experience
  • Your major responsibilities

For example, “I started off as a marketing manager 4 years ago with ABC company where I was in charge of defining and managing the brand, monitoring and managing social media and conducting campaign management for marketing initiatives.”

Make the professional work stories achievement oriented, that is, mention one major accomplishment you were able to achieve in this role and the impact of the achievement to the organization as a whole.

For example, “in that role, a major accomplishment I’m most proud of was that I successfully managed a team of six members and increased sales by 17% over six months. This resulted in increased brand awareness and a stronger customer base.”

An accomplishment is anytime when you have saved time, money, improved processes, improved profitably. In short, anytime when you have done something that has resulted in a quantifiable result.

Tell the employer what you know about the role

One important thing is to acknowledge to the employer what you know they need for the particular position that they are hiring for. This creates a connection with the employer and shows that you are interested in the role.

Tell the employer why you are the right fir for what they need

This is actually an icing on the cake since you have already marketed yourself best in point 1,2 & 3 above. Take this opportunity to brainwash the employer so that you get the job. After all, what are you there for, the job, right?

For example, you can craft your closing statement as below:

I really enjoyed the work I do, I’d love to dig much deeper with one specific global Fin tech company like you and that’s why I’m so excited about this opportunity with company XX.

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