Tell me about yourself? (10 tips to answer this question)

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Part I. Using EES model to answer this question – Tell me about yourself?


1: E means Education. You should present the education, degree, knowledge that you have to match the job you are applying for.

2. E means Experience. You should present the experience from previous employer or present the knowledge you get when working in the most recent 2-3 companies and also present the benefits of that experience for new job?

3. S means Skills. You should demonstrate the qualities and skills you have that, which can meet the requirements of employers.


Part II: 10 Basic tips to answer this question – Tell me about yourself?”

Tip 1: Preparation

Before answering to this question – tell me about yourself, you really should know yourself about your qualification, Education, Experience and skills that should match to the job you are applying for.

In order to learn this, you need to:

1. Research the company for which you are going for an interview.
2. Identify yourself, list, and then review your values, strengths, and expertise according to company’s requirement.
3. Practice, Practice and Practice (as much as you can), so that you will sound confident and natural.

Only then, will you be ready for an interview and emphasize what will really make you stand out for this job and the company.

Tip 2: Don’t Tell Your Life Story, simply and shortly – tell them about the five keys below

Most of the employers will ask during an interview, – Tell me about yourself, In order to be able to effectively answer to this question, you should break your answer down into 5 easy categories.

They include:

1. Educational achievements/qualification
2. Recent professional achievements
3. Professional goals of your life
4. Applicable skills (technical / non-technical skills)
5. Reason for your interest in the company

Tip 3: Highlight few “key points / Main points (always positive)” – about yourself that relate to the job

If you are a fresher or this will be your first job, then you should firstly discuss about your educational background, as well as any job/work experience that would show off your good qualities and skills (during your studies or any extra curriculum activities).

If you are not a fresher or this isn’t your first job, then highlight any previous job experiences and positive results that you have achieved in different projects during the work.

Exact figures and numbers on how much money / salary that you was earning.

If you have mentioned that you had exceeded a prior employer’s expectations or performance goals. Then also get ready to ensure that you will be asked how you plan to do this for their company.

Tip 4: When you developed an interest in the field you picked?

(Treat this question as a valuable opportunity and always answer with confidence)

Take a deep breath, a little bit smile on your face, and then explain to your interviewer about when you developed an interest in the field you picked,

where and how you achieved your first step into this particular area, and what type of special areas of interest brought you into this corner of the industry and this company.

Tip 5: Only tell your career story to interviewer, instead of personal life.
Your interviewer won’t directly say, but they always mean by professional work. They are only asking about your professional life and not your personal life during answering this question-Tell me about yourself.

Tip 6: Don’t wing it
Try to shorten your response in a straight way or to the point summary. If you try to give a response to a very awkward question on the spot, you may forget some important information during the interview, which would sum up your background and experience.

Tip 7: Brand yourself

Create a personal tagline personal tagline that suit to you, which will tell your interviewer what you do and the sets you apart from everyone else.

Stay away from listing a lot of skill sets. An employer always wants to hear all the juicy stuff / to the point, so let them hear the specific results or words that came from your skill sets.

For example, if you happen to be a web developer, your response could be something like “I am web developer with over 2 years in the business, 20 apps and websites built to this date.”

Tip 8: Keep It Sweet, Short and To the Point
It’s important to keep the employer’s objectives in mind when you answer for a question during interview.  Creating a short narrative around your key points will make you different from other people. Firstly write it out before the interview and then practice it at home, so that you don’t get caught off guard.

Tip 9: Time to answer
You can do it by practice it before interview to answer this question -Tell me about yourself. Try to practice and answer this question within 3 minutes.

Tip 10: Practice, practice and practice

The more that you practice your answer to – Tell me about yourself, the better it will flow when you answer it in an interview.

Try to practice in front of a mirror to watch your tone, as well as to watch the mannerisms that you may have or even record yourself on camera. It will help you a lot to pick out any bad habits you have, like talking too loud or too quiet, losing eye contact etc.


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