How to Answer: Tell Me About Yourself

Interview question Tell me about yourself

One of the most common interview questions (perhaps the most challenging) you will be asked is tell me about yourself. This can be a difficult one to answer, but with a little preparation, you can deliver a great response.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to answer this question and sell your skills and experience to the interviewer. We will also provide some tips on how to stand out from the competition. Let’s get started!

A great elevator pitch can be a powerful tool, especially when meeting someone for the first time or trying to make a good impression. In just a few sentences, you need to be able to communicate who you are, what you’re looking for, and why you would be the perfect fit for the position.

When crafting your elevator pitch, there are a few key elements to keep in mind. Here’s a breakdown of the 4-part elevator pitch formula: 

  • Who are you, what do you do and who do you help?
  • Why are you passionate about your work?
  • What makes you unique and different? 
  • What are the 3 most important things you are looking for in your next position?

Formally Introduce Yourself to Capture the Attention

Who are you, what do you do and who do you help?

First, focus on who you are, what you do, and who you help. Share some details about who you are (professionally), what you do (in the most literal way) and who you help (the people you impact). This will provide a basic understanding of your work and how it might be relevant to the listener. Start by telling a story about yourself that is quirky, funny, or interesting. What is a fun fact about you? Share a little bit about your personal life, but don’t go overboard.

Script: A New Jersey native and lifelong resident, I am a highly skilled and experienced business consultant who can help a business streamline its operations and increase its profits. I have worked with companies of all sizes, from SMBs to large enterprises across many industries, including manufacturing, retail, and telecom.

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Pick a Passion You’re Actively Involved in Some Way

Why are you passionate about your work?

Next, share what makes you passionate about your work – this is an opportunity to really sell yourself and your skills. Passion is a state of mind so offering a glimpse into your life and what makes you different. Talk about your professional experience and highlight any relevant skills or qualifications and what you enjoyed most about projects or clients you’ve worked with in the past.

Script: I am passionate about my work because it allows me to help others. I love being able to use my skills and knowledge to make a difference in someone’s life, and I feel that this is a very rewarding career. I also enjoy the challenge of constantly learning new things and keeping up with the latest research. This helps me to stay motivated and excited about my work, and I believe that this passion is evident in my results.

Highlight a Skill or Personality Trait

What makes you unique and different?

When interviewing for a job, you get one opportunity to highlight what makes you special as part of the tell me about yourself. This is a great opportunity to showcase your character or personality. Considering the position and the company, think of ways to demonstrate the value of your uniqueness to the company and be job- and company-specific.

Script: One of the things that makes me unique is my ability to see both sides of every issue. I can easily understand and empathize with other people’s points of view, even if I don’t agree with them. Seeing both sides of an issue allows me to find common ground with others and build bridges instead of walls. It’s something I’m very proud of and is something that has helped me both personally and professionally.

Tailor it Based on the Organization and it’s Goals and Needs

What are the 3 most important things you are looking for in your next position?

One of the most overlooked areas is expressing your interest in the position when answering the tell me about yourself question. Talk about what you’re looking for in a new job and why you think this position would be a good fit for you. Start by articulating 3 things you’re looking for in your next position. These should reveal your values. Consider including collaborative, team-focused culture, opportunities to learn and grow skills, a healthy work environment, upward mobility, etc. Wrap it up by recapping why you would be the perfect candidate for the job and summarize who you are as a person and what you can offer to potential employers.

Script: What I’m looking for in my next position is an organization that is committed to making a positive impact in the world. I want my work to be meaningful and one that contributes to something larger than myself. I am looking for a role that will challenge me and help me to grow professionally. I also want to build strong relationships with my colleagues so a collaborative environment working closely with others is what I’m looking for. I believe this position would be a great fit for me.

Including these four key points in your elevator pitch to answer the million-dollar question: tell me about yourself. A powerful elevator pitch will give you the best chance of making a great lasting impression and landing the job of your dreams.

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