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How To Answer: “Tell Me About Yourself”

Upcoming interview? Here’s how to answer, tell me about yourself.

When preparing for an interview this can be the question most people forget to prepare for. However, the hiring manager is asking you this to see if your answer reflects whether you are the right fit for the job role. So it is important to keep your answer professional and to show them that you are the best candidate for this role.

What to say

Give a brief summary of your previous qualifications and experience that will match up to the role you are applying for. In addition to this state why you are applying for this job and include how working for their company is the next step for you.

For example… 

“In the past five years, I have worked within the media industry. During this time I have been working in a media agency, where my key responsibilities consisted of devising, planning and managing marketing campaigns. During my time spent here, I learnt a great deal about how to successfully oversee campaigns from start to finish. I achieved this by effectively working towards tight deadlines, managing team members and using my creative flair to give each campaign a unique edge. I am now looking to take my career to the next level and is the reason as to why I applied for this role.”

What not to say

The interviewer does not want to hear straight away about what you’ve been up to recently or what you like and dislike… This question is not designed for the hiring manager to get to know you on a personal level but more a professional one. If you do not prepare for this question, your answer may seem broad and unspecific.

For example…

“My name is… I really like marketing so I thought I’d apply for this role. At the weekends I like to play football and hang out with friends.”

This is a big no! The interviewer doesn’t literally want to hear about you and what your hobbies and interests are. Instead, keep it relevant and focused on the role you are applying for. Be confident in the answer you are providing and the best way to do this is by planning and preparing an answer beforehand.

Good luck with your next interview — if you have any questions let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs

One Comment

  1. pranit

    wonderful article!
    I have found it very good and useful as i am going to face an interview next week and i think the question ‘ tell me about yourself’ is what they will ask for sure. I need to prepare well for that question and i have found some valuable tips and guide here in your article. Thanks a lot for sharing, its worth to read for all freshers as well as experienced.

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