How To: Answer the interview question "Tell Me About Yourself"

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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