Can You “Tell Me About Yourself?”

Guest Author: William Frierson is a staff writer for

While you may practice answering many interview questions, this is definitely one to prepare for. How you answer the question will let the interviewer know if you have actually thought about what to say. Don’t stress if you’re not sure how to respond to the “tell me about yourself” question. So that you won’t be thrown off guard, experts offer some advice on answering this question in your next interview.

Stay focused on the most important details- Do not talk about your whole life. Instead, concentrate on how the work from your previous job can benefit your potential employer.

Highlight your greatest accomplishments- Express any qualities you have that are important to the position you want. Provide an example that shows the interviewer the type of worker you are and what you can bring to the table.

Keep it brief- When telling the interviewer about yourself, it doesn’t mean you should ramble. Keep your answer short and sweet by addressing the employer’s needs, while selling yourself as the ideal candidate for the job.

If you are asked to talk about yourself in an interview, don’t get caught off guard. Try using one of the methods above to show more confidence in answering this type of question.


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