Answering the "Tell Me About Yourself" Question

How you respond to the “Tell me about yourself” question can set the tone for the rest of the interview.  Go through your resume and all your previous experience and figure out what you’re going to say for each of these 5 points:

  1. The “Beginning” – Where You’re From? University? Business School?

  2. Why You’re Here Today – Why this company/organization, and why now? After spending some time researching, you should have a good sense of the mission, goals and trends impacting the industry. 

  3. Your Future – What are your goals?

  4. Your Interests – Which 2-3 activities will you mention? It’s a good idea to share your personality with your interviewer, but be brief and keep it professional. Avoid sensitive topics like politics and religion.

Make a quick 5 bullet point outline, then practice your story with a friend or anyone you know in the industry.

Aim for 2-3 minutes total.