So you finally landed an interview and the first question thrown at you by your interviewer is “So, tell me about yourself.”?
What seems like such a simple question can really make you sweat, especially in an interview. What, exactly, should you share — not just to build rapport, but to show that you’re the perfect fit for the job?
Fear not, job seekers: There’s a super-simple formula that will help you answer this question with ease.
How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself”
So, the first question you’re probably going to get in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” Now, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to go bullet by bullet through your resume. Instead, it’s probably your first and best chance to pitch the HR Manager on why you’re the right one for the job.
A formula we really like to recommend is called the Present-Past-Future formula. So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, go into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.
Remember throughout your answer to focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the HR Manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company. And ultimately, don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, tell stories — the HR Manager already has your resume, so they also want to know a little more about you.
We wish you all the best on your journey to greatness.