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Tell Me About Yourself

By Autumn McClenaghan on Feb 18, 2013

Tell me about yourself. Hi my Autumn, my favorite color is blue. I have a Boston Terrier named Clover… oh it seems so easy to answer this question providing personal information but it is definitely not the way to respond when asked this important question during an interview. Tell me about yourself is one of the basic interview questions that you answer in almost every interview. It often the first questions asked and will set the tone for the remainder of the interview.

As with all interviews, take time to practice responding to interview questions, including tell me about yourself, before your interview. Some points to touch on in your response to tell me about yourself include past experiences, abilities, strengths, and what you are looking to do (and relate it to the position you are interviewing for). Don’t memorize your answers; you don’t want to come off sounding rehearsed and robotic.

What are employers looking for when asking this question? Well it’s not about your favorite color, your pet’s name, or any personal information. They want to see how you are answering the question, are you confident in your response? Articulate? Enthusiastic? Pausing, using space fillers like um, ah, or, so, stumbling on words when responding may come across that you are unprepared or lack self-esteem. Remember this first question is setting the tone for the rest of the interview so this response should be strong. Besides, who knows you better than you?

Check out some interesting, alternate ways to answer tell me about yourself in the article “10 Good Ways to “Tell Me About Yourself” by Scott Ginsberg here.

Topics: Career

Author Autumn McClenaghan of Brandman University

Autumn McClenaghan

As the Director of Career Planning and Development at Brandman University, I work with students to help them reach their career goals. I invite you to subscribe and revisit the Brandman Blog to find information and stories about professional development topics such as resume building, job interviews, career planning, social media and more!