When a recruiter or potential #employer says, ‘Tell me about yourself’, they are seeking to get a feel of who you are. They are not asking for personal details such as your state of origin, your number in the family hierarchy or your favourite food. Trust us!
When answering this question, keep these points in mind:
1. Give a succinct summary of your work & education history especially as it relates to that job.
2. You may include information about your childhood, hobbies and interests IF they relate to the job. E.g the role involves working in – or travelling to – a town/city where you grew up; or requires strong numerical skills, and you crunch numbers for lunch ? etc.
3. The goal is to put your best foot forward and spark up further discussion that you can handle. But don’t overhype yourself.
4. Bear in mind that this is an introduction so make it powerful. But even if you feel you didn’t give a strong enough answer, don’t sweat it, remember you have the rest of the interview to wow your interviewer.
We know interviews can be nerve-wracking, but #practicing your answer to this, and other typical interview questions can help lessen the #anxiety and improve your confidence.