Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 14, 2016
Excellent question. What I recommend here is to quickly mention and move past your personal details, like where you went to school, where you worked, etc. They can get this from your resume, which they have already reviewed. What they are really after is information about your character and work ethic. If you are someone who focuses heavily on the details of something, mention that. If you tend to migrate to a leadership role in the things you work on, mention that. Things like this will tell them what they are really trying to determine and will pique their interest in you. Think of this question as an opportunity to market yourself and pull them in.