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How to answer: "Tell me about yourself"

Tell me about yourself

When the interviewer asks you, “Tell me about yourself”, what is he trying to achieve? Well, for the interviewer, it’s an easy and open-ended way to start the conversation.

 

His ultimate goal for this interview is to find out enough about you to decide if you’re a good fit for the job opening that he is being paid to fill. In most cases, he wants to like you. His life will be easier if he can find a great candidate quickly. However, he is also on guard because a bad hire will reflect poorly on his judgment and possibly be a mark against him when it comes time to ask for a raise or promotion or bonus.

 

He is hoping that this question will get you talking. This question is almost always asked first, perhaps right after some chit chat about traffic and the weather.

 

Your answer to this question will dictate the interviewer’s first impression of you, and will set the tone for the entire interview, letting you lead with your strongest selling points.

 

In this video are some example answers for “Tell Me About Yourself”: