Tell Me About Yourself: What to Say in an Interview

July 25th, 2016

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“Tell me about yourself.”

When an interviewer asks you about yourself, he or she doesn’t necessarily want to know where you were born, what your hobbies are or a laundry list of your job skills.  In reality this is an extremely important question.  What this question really means is, ‘Tell me something that will matter to me as I consider you for this job.’ Interviewers ask it for a number of reasons:

  • To get a sense of what you feel is most important about yourself;
  • To see how well you’ve prepared for the interview; or
  • To find out why you think you’re the best candidate for the job.

There is a lot riding on your response to this question, so make sure you knock it out of the park.  Here are a few quick tips for answering the “tell me about yourself” interview question the right way:

  • Be brief.  Keep the answer short – under a minute. Touch on education, background and past work accomplishments and how they relate to the job your interviewing for
  • Practice, practice, practice.  Write your answer out, then rehearse it until it’s second nature.
  • Cite examples.  When you develop your answer, include one or two examples that best demonstrate why you’re well-qualified for the available position.

Take advantage of your time in the driver’s seat by selling yourself, creating a great first impression and setting a positive tone for the rest of the interview. If you’d like some ‘mock’ interview practice, give us a call and we’ll set up an interview coaching appointment. We’re here to help.

This blog was written by Joan Pajari, Senior Marketing Specialist at ABR Employment Services and Kinsa Group.

 

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