"Tell me about yourself" is something you'll probably hear in every interview you do. Interviewers may ask this to
- get the interview started
- see how well you deal with an open–ended question
- assess your communication skills
Your response is an opportunity to present your strongest qualifications in a way that captures the employer’s interest.
Think about this question before your interview and prepare your response in writing. You won’t use your written response in the actual interview, but preparing it will help you practise and get comfortable with what you’ll say.
Prepare your written answer
- Begin with a brief introduction to your education and experience.
- Identify which of your strongest skills and accomplishments are relevant to the job.
- Write a concise summary that emphasizes how your skills and accomplishments fit the position you’re applying for. Keep it under 320 words.
- Use the STARS technique to provide concrete examples of how you’ve used your skills and experience to succeed in other situations.
- Describe how you would apply your skills to meet the employer’s needs.
- Describe how you see yourself developing within the organization.
Practise your delivery
- Read over your summary.
- Practise reading until you’re comfortable delivering it naturally, without looking at the script.
- Time your delivery. Keep your answer to 2 minutes or less.
Impress your interviewer with a polished response
If you prepare and practise, you'll be confident and relaxed when your interviewer says, "Tell me about yourself."
Don’t use your written script in the interview. Just respond naturally. And make the most of this opportunity to show that you're the best person for the job!