/ Asked by Lindsey
Whenever an interviewer asks me: tell me about yourself, I find myself blanking. What are some tips or tricks I can use to develop my answer?
Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Hi there! I'm glad you asked this question, developing an answer to this will definitely help you on your path to your career. I personally like to use this time to share my relevant work experience and highlight the qualities of my personality that would be beneficial in the role I am interviewing for. This is also a great time to show what differentiates you from other candidates – whether that’s a unique hobby, past work experience, of even just describing a situation that made an impact on your life. Being able to work in your interest for the position and company is always a plus!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
When asked this question, I always share a little about my background. This is a great opportunity to highlight anything you are proud of or want an interviewer to know about you. Keep it simple, unless they ask you to go into detail about your education and work experiences. Here are a few speaking points I would recommend:
  • Talk about where you go to school and your major -- If you are really passionate about your major, share that and why you chose it.
  • What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? Highlight those and any leadership roles you have held. Again, if you are really passionate about a certain extra-curricular, share why.
  • Talk high-level about your work experience. Keep it basic such as, "Throughout college, I have worked in the Admissions Office which has taught me X. I also had an internship with X where I learned X."
  • If you work part-time while in school and are limited in your extra-curricular involvement, share that as well. Interviewers appreciate a good work ethic regardless of what your experience is in.

It's important to find a balance between sharing too little and sharing too much. You don't want to provide the bare minimum but you also don't want to talk for 10 minutes about yourself. The interviewer will ask you to elaborate on anything he/she wants to know more about.
Answered by Jenna, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, February 14, 2019
"Tell me about yourself." It's one of the most common questions that seems the most surprising to candidates.  My recommendation is to give a well-rounded answer about your background, what made you decide to pursue the field you're in, prior employment, and tie it back in to soft skills that would apply well to the role or values of the organization with which you are interviewing.  You'll want to be careful as there is a concern about saying too much about yourself and disclosing items that may be inappropriate or open you to potential discrimination (age, marriage status, family, religion, etc). 
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