ANSWERING THE QUESTION... "TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF"

The most commonly asked question during the interview process is "tell me about yourself." It is important to answer this question effectively because often this is the first question employers ask of you, and your response is an excellent opportunity to make a positive first impression. Your answer will set the tone and direction of the interview, and you want to answer this question in a way that positions yourself as a desirable candidate. Your response should be no longer than one to two minutes. Your pitch should be an overview of yourself that highlights your skills and accomplishments that are directly related to the position you are applying for.

When answering the "tell me about yourself" question, you want your response to be concise while staying relevant to the position. Keep in mind that the interviewer is really looking for two things when asking this question: a brief introduction of yourself (which includes your skills and accomplishments related to the position) followed by why you want to work for this specific organization. Also, why you are a good fit and team member and how you will succeed there in this role.
Below are several helpful videos and articles to make answering this question less intimidating and an easier process!

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Last Updated: 3/24/14