Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer the “Tell me about yourself” interview question! Other examples with similar answers include “Can you tell me about yourself?“, “Can you walk me through your resume?“, “How would you describe yourself?“
This interview question can be quite challenging because it’s broad, open-ended and always asked at the beginning when nerves control and influence your response.
The immediate thought process most candidates have is: “What do you want to know?” OR “How am I supposed to summarize my entire work-life story?”
That’s why you need to prepare in advance and use a simple and effective way for structuring your response. Check out the example answers on this page!
√ Do tailor your response to the job description
√ Do tell why you are a good fit in terms of experience and qualifications
√ Do focus on relevant skills, personal traits and unpaid experiences
X Don’t talk about your personal or family life (unless asked)
X Don’t mention vague strengths without supporting examples
X Don’t memorize a script because it needs to come off as authentic