How to answer “Tell me more about yourself”
So, the first & most popular question you’re probably going to get in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.”
This question (or a variation like “Walk me through your background”) comes up in just about every job interview and many job searchers hate it.
Now, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to go bullet by bullet through your resume.
Instead, it’s probably your first and best chance to pitch the hiring manager on why you’re the right one for the job.
This is also a good opportunity to share some information about your proudest achievements and goals.
Think of it as your elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a product, service, or business and its value proposition.
You need an elevator pitch for yourself as a job candidate. You must keep it focused and short, ideally less than a minute, and no more than 2 minutes.
You won’t be able to fit all of your great qualities and resume high points into 2 minutes, so you’ll have to spend some time thinking about how to present yourself in a way that starts the interview on the right note.
Answer this question by covering these 3 components:
1. Who you are – who you are professionally, an overview statement that shows off your strengths and gives a little sense of your personality too.
2. Expertise highlights – Use your elevator pitch to briefly highlight 2-4 points that you think make you stand out.
3. Why you’re there – End by telling them you want the position and why.
Remember throughout your answer to focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the hiring manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company.
Don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, the hiring manager already has your resume, so they also want to know a little more about you.