Answering "Tell me about yourself" like a pro

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You need a precise narrative that sells you.

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'Tell me about yourself' seems to be the hardest and yet the easiest job interview question. The interviewer is asking you to tell them anything and everything about yourself.

But “Tell me about yourself” can be compared to that Monday meeting where the line managers ask everyone in the room to share their thoughts on whatever has been discussed. Next thing you know, the meeting is almost over but your colleague is still sharing their thoughts. Problem is you already lost track of what they were saying. “Tell me about yourself” is similar because you need a precise narrative that sells you. 

So how can you make sure you answer this question without wasting anyone’s time?

Talk about more than what is on your CV

The interviewer already knows enough about your previous jobs because of your CV. If you want to stand out from the other candidates, answer this question as if you are making a presentation to your boss. You would not tell him about your personal life. In the same way do not tell the interviewer about the recent  holiday you went on or the struggles you have had getting a job.

Find out what the company specifically requires you to do in the role you are interviewing for. Then develop your answer in a way that will make you seem like the best person to fill this position. For example if the position is that of a sales person, talk about the times you convinced people to buy something that others were unable to or your expertise in developing sales strategies. 

Focus on your job accomplishments and your strengths

Remember that you are not only telling simple facts about your life. You are also telling the interviewer a story. Tell the story in the context of the different awards and successes you might have achieved at work. Try to show how these awards highlighted some of your strengths. For example if you were chosen to be employee of the month for two straight months, discuss how this showed that you are a reliable, hardworking team player.

“Tell me about Yourself” should not make you freeze in fear get you startled. If you structure it in a way that makes you seem like a strong, valuable potential employee, you might well be on your way to getting that job. 

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    MOSES | December 30, 2019 04:43

    grateful for enlightment.

    Hamza | December 18, 2019 16:25

    I will need too

    pauline | December 13, 2019 13:28


    Mutunga | December 11, 2019 19:13


    thomas | December 11, 2019 13:14

    wao, the secrete i never knew in this question. its so enthusiastic.

    Milltonne | December 09, 2019 19:37

    Having no way to express this☺️. Thanks anyway 🤗

    kennedy | December 08, 2019 12:44

    Kudos! Am enlightened now,,,,

    Faith | December 07, 2019 11:59

    Woow much appreciated.Thanks so much

    jackson | December 07, 2019 03:27

    thank you so much..i think i have to pass too much in deed

    Joseph gai | December 06, 2019 07:16

    Thank i need more advice

    WILSON | December 05, 2019 13:24

    Thanks much...i had had a lot of problem of the same but now i am well off to go

    Benard | December 05, 2019 09:08

    Thanks for the good advice hoping to get one

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