Tell Me About Yourself – A Good Answer to This Interview Question

Hey, it’s Linda Raynier of Career Strategist, Speaker and Coach. And in this video, I’m going to teach you 3 tips in order to answer the “Tell me about yourself” interview question the right way, so that you can stand out in front of hiring managers and ideally, land more job offers. Now before we begin, there are a couple of ground rules you need to know before you can develop the perfect answer to this question. Rule #1: Do not talk about your personal or family life. When someone asks you, “tell me about yourself,” they’re not actually asking you to tell them about your personal life choices, and the mistakes that you’ve learned from, and how you got here as a human being. They’re not actually asking you to “tell them about yourself” they’re actually asking you to tell them about your qualifications, your experiences, as well as why you’re a good fit for this role. That’s it. They just want to know about your professional background and experience in a nutshell. Rule #2: Do tell a story. Even though I said, you shouldn’t be telling them about your LIFE story, you do want to tell them your professional work story. I’ll get into details about this a little later, but essentially, a good professional work story means, that it needs to be engaging, compelling, clear and complete. So, now that we’ve got the ground rules out of the way, let’s move onto our four major tips on how to answer the “tell me about yourself” interview question. Okay, so let’s start off with Tip #1. Tip #1 is to give a snapshot of your work history. So what this means is, you’re going to go back in time to the earliest professional job you’ve ever held and you’re going to start your story from there. So essentially, you’re going to describe what company you worked at, what title you held when you were in that position, how long you stayed in that position for, and, most importantly, what were your major responsibilities in that position. So for example, let’s just say that you started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst. Okay, let’s just make this up. Let’s just use another accounting example. You started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst and then you moved up to Senior Financial Analyst and now, you’re a Finance Manager. When you tell your story, you’re going to start off with your role as a financial analyst. And you’re going to say something along the lines of, So now you’re going to do that for each and every one of your positions. You’re essentially telling mini work snapshots for every position that you’ve held up to the current position that you’re holding right now. So after you’ve told the employer about the company you were at, the title that you held, the number of years you were there for and the major responsibilities that you had in that position, you’re then going to describe one major accomplishment that you were able to achieve in that role. So, I explained a lot about what accomplishments were in my previous video, “Resume Hacks – How to Make a Resume Stand Out” which is, in the link below. But at the same time, I’ll explain it here. An accomplishment is anytime where you have saved time, saved money, improved processes, improved profitability. Anything where you’ve done something that has resulted in a quantifiable, ideally quantifiable result for your company or your department. So, to add on to our example, you would say, So you’ll do both this tip #2 and tip #1 in conjunction with each other, for every single position that you’ve held. Now onto tip #3. Once you’ve gone through your entire story, and you’ve told the employer about your major roles as well as the accomplishments that you’ve achieved, it’s now time to acknowledge to the employer what you know they need for this particular position that they’re hiring for. So, to continue on our example, you’ll then say, The reason why this is so important and that so many people don’t do this is because what it does, psychologically, is that it tells the employer that not only are you aware of your abilities and your achievements but that you’re also aware of his or her needs as well and what they’re looking for. And when you can say something as simple as just simply acknowledging “I am aware that for this role you need someone with process improvements skills and abilities” it’s creating a connection with the employer it’s not you any longer talking at them, you’re talking to them. Finally, onto tip #4. This is the icing on the cake, it’s the cherry on top. And it’s the one thing that many, many people do not bother to say when they’re answering this or many other interview questions. And that is, to tell the employer to literally spoon feed them to maybe even brainwash them to understanding why you are the one and only and perfect fit for this position. So to add onto our example, you would say something like, You need to tell the employer why you’re the right fit for the job. If you don’t end off with this, It’s going to end off on a flat not. It’s not going to be a stellar response. It’s just going to sound like everybody else’s response But in this case, you are being very clear and specific. Even without them having asked you why you’re the right fit you’re literally just feeding it to them and telling them, I’m the right fit for the role. Above all else. So now you know how to answer one of the toughest interview questions, but do you know if your resume stands out enough that you’ll even land the interview in the first place? If not, feel free to download a free copy of my 10 ultimate resume hacks cheat sheet. Which is located down below, the link is right there. Feel free to click on it, enter your email and I will for sure send you a copy! If you liked this video then please give it a thumbs up, subscribe, share it with your friends. And thank you so much for watching I will see you in the next video.

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100 thoughts on “Tell Me About Yourself – A Good Answer to This Interview Question

  1. Interview Tell Me About Yourself – How to Answer the Tell Me About Yourself Question // Thank you for watching my video! Please tell me what YOUR favourite tip was? Leave your comments below!

  2. I like the simpleness of the advice, and in reality, she stated all that I needed to know if the first half of the session. Nice and to the point….

  3. 0:46 but they already have my qualification and work experience background on my CV, so i thought they were interested on what they didn't get from my CV

  4. Who came here to get tips for coming interview but got absolutely nothing because you spend your Data enjoying the comments as hallarious as they can never better be.

  5. This is highly recommended. Thank you for all your tips… I follow all your videos and I feel so confident during interview… got client's feedback that I standout among candidates. Now im going to Singapore for my dream job. To all ambitious professionals,.. God bless.

  6. Hi Ms. Linda Raynier. Can i ask a question? I was worried because i don't have a good job experience.I was graduated as an HRM,i had a work that is related to my course once as a room attendant in a 3star Hotel, but after that i already work as a Factory worker already for almost a year.But then i stop working,because of some reasons for 5 years already, now i decided to apply but worried to not be hired because i dont have a good job experience. Pls Ms. Linda Raynier help me for this problem i have… Hoping for you response. Thank you…

  7. What do you do if you don't have a career? In the context of a job history that contains different positions that don't follow a career path?

  8. Thank you so mouch for those info's. It really made me feel better and confident now to face an interviewer and im looking forward on it. God bless you!

  9. Interviewer: Tell me about yourself?

    Interviewee: Well, I’m a excellent team player, get on well with my fellow work colleagues, extremely well organised, great attention to detail and an excellent memory blah blah

    First day at work: forget everything you lied about during interview, head down, keep a low profile, breakout in a nervous sweat, don’t speak, forget your lunch, make big mistakes that cost the company money, forget the name of your boss and it’s all pretty much downhill from there 😅

  10. Interviewer: Tell me about yourself.
    Me: When I was 6 years old, I fell off my bike and broke my tooth. My Mom told me the tooth fairy would pay only half of the normal amount of $2 since there was only half a tooth. I left the tooth fairy a note stating that I would like to receive $3 since a broken tooth is a special rarity. It should be prized. I kindly thanked her for help. I offered her the remaining tooth for FREE but it would be delivered at no less than 6 months from this date. When awoke, I found $3 under why pillow.
    This is an example of my marketing and negotiation skills. It also demonstrates how I am capable of overcoming challenges.

  11. What if you don’t have many accomplishments? I am a mom in college so I don’t have time for extracurricular activities or volunteering. 😕

  12. Tell me when is overall is settle ,I n home also…. hope no fighter ,I think all is OK n now may b is timing wrong do you wan me leave plis let me know ,I van do that
    I don't anyone injured ,why this so long ,or all is already is readymade don't let me between" " I wan my family harmony ,n I hope all that not through with any any 🙏this logo ,all is already made ,until end I will nver wth?? unless ……so many storey happen, I rest ,tired,I suggest all…………….

  13. 🐓🐏🐷 I think we are friend only bye bye I will remember you all let me rest secukupnya happy birthday last period what I know n don't know(you always in my heart s) ,I also no with that "man" I sad that more time again

  14. When I get asked this question, I ask the interviewer if they can clarify whether they want to know about my professional self or personal self. All of them don't mind clarifying. Just a tip for all of you.

  15. Just got a interview for target even the lady said the job was perfect for me a day later I got a email saying nope we don't want you :/ really I even has a college degree yet they hired a hobo instead sad world where living in

  16. “ well…. I am Gods Queen from hevean down here”

    We start at $9.50!

    “Lol…. okay then ….!!!”

    We can get other people for $9 dollars though ..!!

    “Lol… okay then ….and I can get people into hevean for free …”!!!

    We will get back to u then… !!!


  17. thank you. I used this last 2017, I was hired. I used this a while ago and I am hired as well.

    I think, I will keep using this everytime I apply job. So so helpful. THANK YOU!!

  18. "Tell me about yourself"

    "I'm 34 years old, still live with my parents, and owe $130,000 in student loans. Please, please, please hire me so I can make money."

  19. How am i gonna please them about myself if im just a fresh graduate? I dont have that much professional work history

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