Tackling The ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question
A lot of interviews start with ‘Tell me about yourself’ interview question. Related: #1 Interview Question You Must Answer Correctly Personally, I think it is a lazy interviewer question - in fact, I don’t ever bother asking the question. Yet, since so many interviews start this way, it is good to have a great answer prepared. A lot of my clients ask me about this question. "What do they want to know?" Answer this question in terms of the skills and experience required for the position. This question is all about you as an employee, not about your personal life or whether you're a dedicated sports fan. Answer it by describing your best attributes relevant to the job. Interviewers also think it is improper or a sign of your lack of preparedness for you to answer their "Tell me about yourself" question with a question of your own like, "What would you like to know?" It's always a good to have an idea of what you’d like to say before you start talking! I suggest you learn to answer this question with a three part, pre-planned marketing statement that can more or less be reused from interview to interview.
- Start with a brief summary of your career history – “I am a Product Manager with seven years of experience working for medium to large organizations the IT sector both in the UK and abroad.”
- Mention a recent accomplishment that you are proud of that will also capture the potential employer's attention. You really want to focus on what makes you exceptional and how your skills and experience matches the requirements of the job.
- A brief summary of specifically what you want to do next in your career or why you’re interested in this specific role.