How to answer TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF interview question

How to answer TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF interview question


So you sent off your CV and your covering
letter for that dream job and they’re impressed! You’re called to the interview
they welcome you, you shake hands and they ask you the first question “Tell me
about yourself?” what do you do? what
do you say? where do you begin? well this question will be asked at
almost every interview and let me tell you that this is a trick question they
are NOT asking you to tell you about yourself. To find out why stay tuned Hello and welcome to LetThemTalk and
today we’re going to look at how to answer the interview question tell me
about yourself we’ve got some general tips and if English is not your first
language we’ll look at how you can approach it if you’re not so confident
about your English level. As I said at the beginning this is kind of a trick
question they are not asking you to tell them your life story and they’re not
asking you to talk, in detail, about your professional and educational experience
and background why should they do that they got your CV they’ve read your
covering letter, they know all there is to know, so why should they ask this
question? What they want to know is if you possess the art of communication can
you engage? can you keep them interested? can you tell a story? the question
beneath the question is we know you have got what it takes to do the job on paper
but let’s see what you’re like as a candidate. And this is your chance to
make a good first impression so let’s look at how to answer the question.
Rule number one: Keep it brief. Very important keep it brief one,two, three
minutes should be enough I would say five minutes is too long
ten minutes way too long you could probably say goodbye to the job don’t
tell your life story, you don’t get any points for giving a long answer and you
risk alienating the interviewers you do not need to talk about everything on
your CV this is just the first question and if you forget something, if you get
something important, it doesn’t matter you can discuss it later in the
interview. Your answer should pique curiosity and the interviewer should be
thinking “I want to know more” and not “I already know too much”. So what’s the
content of your answer you should basically tell them a story about your
professional background and educational background if it relates to the current
position. now you should mention some of these things: so start by giving
some adjectives to describe yourself, especially ones that are relevant to the
job you’re seeking say something about how you started you could mention an
accomplishment you could talk about your motivation tell them a story of how you
changed something or made a difference in your previous job or at university tell
them what you can do for them and what you want for the future and why you’re
best suited for the job. So you can cover some of those points that’ll
be great and finally give some personal detail to add colour or to show
that you are and all rounded individual and your life doesn’t revolve
exclusively around work but this should be very brief, very brief just a few
words. I know that some recruitment advisors say that you shouldn’t say
anything personal when answering this question but personally I think it’s
good to show that you have a life outside of work and if one of your
interviews shares the same interest it can help you bond. but as I said keep it
very short so that’s essentially the WHAT but HOW you tell it is much, much
more important as I said the question is a challenge to you to engage with them
and to connect with them on an emotional level. Often the words you use are less important than how you say them so
remember rule number one: maintain good eye contact throughout. This seems
obvious but I’ve seen so many candidates who don’t look you in the eye
and it’s quite disengaging. Have a good tone of voice with nice rolling
intonation not flat so that you sound like a robot. When you get passionate
raise your voice a little don’t shout though. You can speed up, you
can slow down, you can use hand gestures. personally I like that some people sit
with their hands on their lap but I think it’s good to look a little
animated and speak informally your covering letter and your CV is probably
written in formal English but when you speak make it sound more conversational
if it sounds too formal you can sound distant and unapproachable and for the
same reason don’t memorize your answer learn the key points, yes, but let the
words come out naturally and leave room for spontaneity. If English is not your
first language you might be worried about your grammar mistakes well
certainly you shouldn’t be. First of all, the interviewers are not grammar
teachers (unless of course you’re going for a job as an English language teacher
and that’s a different story) I assure you that they won’t notice
any small grammar mistakes they want to know that you can communicate in English.
You can have perfect grammar and be a bad communicator and you can have not
good grammar and be a great communicator and that’s what they want and, as I said,
the words you use are much less important than the way you communicate
and the story you tell. So even if your level of English is not that great you
can answer this question and it will put you in a good position for the rest of
the interview. OK I’ve talked enough about this so
let me just finish by giving an example so imagine I’m a project manager at an
interview for a new job so “Tell me about yourself” I would describe
myself as someone who is versatile and determined and someone who loves
learning. I’m creative, open-minded and easygoing and I enjoy working with
others and I try to use all these qualities in my professional life for
the last six years I’ve been working at XYZ company I started out at the help
desk where I worked closely with clients and I built some good relationships.
After that I did a number of roles in the company and have been promoted
several times now for the last three years I’ve been working as a project
manager. The company has been pretty successful and I’d like to think that I
contributed to that success my team has been developing accounting software for
the publishing industry and within two years we came from nowhere to being the
number one product in the field. And you know actually I wasn’t looking for a new
job I’m quite happy where I am and I kind of
came across your job ad by accident but it really captivated my imagination your
company is renowned for being one of the most innovative
in the sector. And I know this is a more senior than my current position but I do
have the skills and the experience and the passion you need and I do believe I
can make a positive impact and that’s why I’m here today. So in a nutshell
that’s who I am professionally and when I’m not working I like to go hiking at
weekends and I like reading books. OK that’s it I hope you found that useful
and if you have any tips of your own about how to answer this question do put
them in the comments and good luck with the interview stay mellow and I’ll see
you next time.

100 thoughts on “How to answer TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF interview question

  • Why should they ask this question? Because they want to play a fucking game with you. Get used to it, especially if you get the job.

  • The best thing to do is to start screaming at the top of your lungs, RUN out of the office, and call the police.

  • Thank you for the video! I just got a job as an ESL online teacher and I did exactly as you advised us and it worked for me! Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Yeah this is a cliché question that should not even be asked. It is fucking idiotic. Yet, these fucking interviewers do not want to look at your resume and just hire based on looks and if you have a body to sell so that the boss can get his hands on the women for office sex.

  • I’m 15 2 years away from getting a job and I’ve been reviewing lots of advice for a the future job I want and your tips where very helpful I took notes on this thank you so much!! God bless you

  • Wow! Perfect answer I never knew all the while, thanks for the congratulations, I got the job. God bless you

  • I'm so socially anxious I got nervous when he looked straight on and asked "Tell me about yourself" twice

  • I'm going for my interview tomorrow morning 😊…. so thanks for the tips n please do wish me good luck✌️

  • Just dont say goodluck pls.

    It might not be sounds good to us.
    But I gain more info from you also regain my composure.

  • you took almost 11 min to explain how to respond to the tell me about yourself question, when it should have been done in 5 min……you took too long. and became boring……The real answer is 1. tell your education 2. Tell your work experience 3. Tell how you can help this company improve the bottom line…….simple, all in less than 5 min.

  • Wanted to thank you for this video.
    English isn't my first language and still you spoke so clearly and bright even for me 🙂 Really great to watch your videos.

  • English is a funny language….I have come across a wide variety and breed of people in my lifetime…and it amazes me that many non-native English speakers pronounce the correct way! And sadly it is not that the correct term is wrongly deemed wrong but vice versa. For instance…. PUT is p-oo-t and not p-uuu-t….whereas CUT is the exact opposite…many will dismissingly say…."so what's wrong about it!?" Well I will ask them that if PUT is p-oo-t not p-uuu-t then why is Shotput spelled the way it is and not the other way around. This is one put of the many instances. Another one is the OFTEN : off-ten….not off-en(t silent) like in PSEUDONYM. Probably someone will change it in the upcoming Editions of the Oxford Dictionary…..to PSY-OO-DOO-NYM….and do a Gagnam dance with it!

  • A plausible(possible) addition is : TALKING ABOUT ME IS NOT UTMOSTLY INTERESTING (lest you want them not to pester with your personal life)BUT IF IT IS ABOUT HOW I CAN *GELL WITH*/*BOOST*/*IMPROVE*#(not recommended to use…unless u lack lucrative synonyms use the later)THE FIRM/COMPANY/TEAM (use as suitable…resulting in variety of impact)….and then divert out of your discomfort zone.

    p.s. It is recommended to atleast describe a line or two….but incase you prefer to "say pass" or keep silent….this is a viable alternative.

    But bear in mind it may cause some interviewers to react and may cause you further discomforting questions which he/she should have not asked otherwise….so use it at your own discretion.

  • English our 2nd language but I’m still worried everything I say I think it’s wrong grammar but thank u sir to have a good sense it’s help me a lot..

  • Good tips. One tip for you to make it a shorter video and put your points in text to follow your pathetically slow speech..

  • The first impression I get about you, if I was interviewing you, is you look jaded, tired, fatigued and in need of a rejuvenating sleep session. Looks you might fall asleep in the course of this clip- honestly. Nevertheless, good advice.

  • 9m44? and I know??? what he said next please? Also, at 10m5 …natural…that`s why I am professionaly? What he said at biginning of that later sentence and I would like to know if it contains any English mistakes? It seems not well said in grammar point of view.

  • Thanks a lot sir,I have learned a lot in this video…I will be going for an interview three days from now and I now feel confident it gonna be well.I'll be back to testify the success

  • Very important tips for interviews. Very simple and precise..
    Thank you. Interested to watch videos of personal development
    Thanks
    Srinivasulu Dasam

  • Its important to have good grammar, if English is not your 1st language or if it is, you should take the time to check your spelling. Always bring the best of you.

  • I have an interview next week, tell me about yourself is the most challenging part for me, but watching this video made me relax a little bit. wish me, well guys.

  • If I stammer, & I am not confident with my passion than how can I get a chance to fit in a company and pursue my career ? If it starts from 'who am i' than its all in the DNA but if it's 'what you want to be' than probably I must start acting like James Bond or Leonardo DiCaprio 😊

  • Thank you so much for your video. I have gone for so many interviews and I never got a call back but the one I went for last week actually called back to offer me the job! They said that they really feel as if the students can benefit from me and it’s all because I have kept in mind everything you have said in your video. Thank you sooo much again!!!

  • great piece of advice. i was giving a different answer to that question, i will take into consideration and apply this tips in my next interview. Thanks a lot

  • I didn't really mug up everything he said but this video helped me to make my own script. And yes, I nailed it in that interview!

  • You honestly have no idea how many people you help with these videos… Me included!!!

    Have an interview tomorrow with a dream job!! Let's see how it goes!

  • He is like my Father giving me a detailed instructions and inspirations coming from his heart,that's why i love this video.

  • Most people who need interview tips are people who are currently unemployed and probably haven’t worked for a year, two or even more. So as good as this is, most people don’t learn anything from it because those who have jobs don’t need it as they like their jobs, not looking for a change or they’ve passed an interview before so they already know the drill and for those who need jobs, it doesn’t answer it well for them.

  • Why you present your video in a way like you warn peope from cancer? Man take it easy, calming down before interview is very important

  • This is not a good advise at all. There is no need to be a beta boy about it. The best response is to politely accept the question and ask the if there is anything specific the interviewer wants to her about. That is completely acceptable and the ball is back with the interviewer.

    If the question really is completely open you can give a very brief summary of your career/interest and highlight 1 or 2 things about you that made you apply for this role.

    Going into greater depth such as where you see yourself in the future etc is a bad idea at this stage with the risk of boxing yourself in and you don't want to spend more than 2-3 mins answering this rather stupid question. Thank god many employers today have stopped using these lame text book interview questions.

  • Nice video, but don't you think if the interviewer would like if one says something like as you suggested 'that I kind of randomly found your job posting, while I am happy with current job, just little curious to know…' such an answer would make interviewer think that the candidate is not very much interested and right away dis qualify.. rather the right way is to show the passion to work in the company and how the company can benefit thru their skills

  • OMG. In the final example, you totally nailed it. I got a huge idea about how to start & how to end. Thank you so much. Keep teaching us with these.

  • Before this I watched an Indian woman lecturing us how to answer the same of this question but their explanation and key points are totally different……what its the problem.

  • Exactly this question has been my worst nightmare for over three years. One day I finally proceeded to convince myself to go to one competition in english conversation and this was the very first thing that they had asked me about. I'll tell you this, I failed it miserably. Thank you pal, the video has helped me a lot, especially the part when you are showing us an example on how to solve this. I'm just hoping that this shit is never going to happen to me again :D.

  • One of the top three banks in Romania HR called me today. Question no. 1: Are you still interested? Question no. 2: What is your salary expectation?
    Does this happens in your country too?

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