“Tell Me About Yourself” is the question that will be asked to you regardless of any interview you attend for any position. As common as it may sound, it is equally important to keep the answer of this question prepared as it sets the tone for rest of the interview.
It is extremely important to keep in mind that the answer to the question “Tell Me About Yourself” should revolve around your professional background and aspirations rather that where you were born and your hobbies. Any hiring managers would definitely not care whether or not you like to “Dance”.
Make sure your answer to this question is not the recitation of your resume. It could get too boring and by the time you finally talk about your strength, chances are, the interviewer is already thinking about the lunch.
Instead, below are the things that should be considered while answering “Tell Me About Yourself”
- Who you are
- Highlight Your Competencies
- What Brought you Here
Who you are
This statement about who you are should tell them about who you are professionally. Your answer should highlight your strengths and personality. However, it requires practice and preparation to put the answers in the right manner.
Highlight Your Competencies
Next, decide the two or three key strength you think you possess and describe them gracefully to the interviewer. Support your strength with your previous work experience and field of your expertise to sound it more convincing.
What Brought you Here
Conclude your introduction with what encouraged you to apply for the position and why you want to work with the company.
Preparing and practicing answer over and over again is the key to nail any interview questions. So go on and get yourself prepared.