How to Answer the interview question "Tell Me About Yourself"

"Why don't you tell me about yourself?" is the most frequently asked interview question. It's a question that most interviewees expect and the one they have the most difficulty answering. This video will help you tailor a response an interviewer actually wants to hear.

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Develop an honest, interesting story about yourself that tells a story about how you evolved through your training, education and most importantly your experiences. For instance, describe how you learned to be resourceful because you had a large family and times were difficult. This shows, that you are a self-starter, take initiative and that you are creative. The method for answering this question is as follows:

Interviewer: Tell me about yourself

Interviewee (you): I come from a large family that did not have very much growing up. As a result, I learned efficiency, how to take initiative, could develop very compelling arguments with my older siblings. These skills served me well in my early career as I established myself as an expert technical developer (can substitute for something else). As I broadened my exposure, this allowed me to take on more demanding roles and complex projects. For example, I led this project and that project that was failing. I always had a knack for solving the most demanding and complex issues that could impact the bottom-line or jeopardize winning a new client. My upbringing taught me not to shy away from difficult situations and that there is always a solution. Together, the attributes would bring tremendous value to your company as you seek to increase sales while also contracting the number of staff.

As you can see, you've told a story without sounding too boring and you demonstrate how "who you are" as a person is quite compelling and relevant to the interviewee. Of course this assumes you have done research about the company for which you are interviewing and so on.

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