How To Answer “Tell Me About Yourself”| Interview Questions.

Introduction

Are you a college student preparing for the interview round then you are fully aware of the question “Tell me about yourself”(All interviews start with the same question).

Do you know how to give a perfect response to this question?

Basically, this is the very common question that interviewers asked at the beginning of the interview round to start the conversation. Not only this they can ask you “Tell me something which is not in your resume” it’s a different way to ask the same question.

So it’s very important to prepare for the “Tell me about yourself” question because the way you answer this question will lead the whole interview round. A perfect answer will really help you whether the Interviewers will listen to you throughout the whole interview round or it’s over.

Interviewers are giving their valuable time, money and efforts but are you giving your 100%?

If your introduction is not up to the mark then definitely the interviewer will disappoint and it’s a high probability that you are not selected.

You don’t want this so why not prepare for this question.

Worried and unsure of how to answer?

Relax, you’re not the only one! 

In this article, we will discuss what answers interviewers want, some tips and tricks on how to give the perfect answers. Lastly, we will see some sample answers that surely help you. This article mainly focuses on the students who are preparing for the interview round.

Let’s get started

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Why Do Interviewers Ask “Tell Me About Yourself”?

Why do Interviewers ask?

When an interviewer asks you “Tell me about yourself” or something open-ended question, it means they’re hoping candidates will offer insight about their goals and priorities, What qualities make you a great fit for this position? why are you interested in the role? and why are you interested in the company? and many more things.

Many of us start mentioning personal information related to our marital status, children, political or religious views. But you have to understand they are not your family members they are not interested in your personal life. Then what interviewers really want to listen in “Tell me about yourself”.


What Answers Interviewers Really Want To Hear?

Following are the main 3 points which you really have to consider while giving a response.

  • What qualities make you a great fit for this position? Think of what makes you stand out as a job applicant for this role. Perhaps it’s your years of experience or some highly desired specialisation, training or technical skills. Review the job description closely and note the ways by which you exceed the requirements.
  • Why are you interested in the role? Basically, interviewer really wants to know why this position excites you, how it fits into your larger career goals and why you feel it’s the best next step.
  • Why are you interested in the company or the industry? After you’ve spent time researching the company and the industry, you should have a better sense of the mission, goals and trends impacting the industry. Do these align with the professional goals that you’ve set for yourself? What do you like and respect about the company as a whole? What excites you about the future of the industry? As you start building your story, tie together similarities among your professional goals, the future vision of the company and industry trends you feel are especially important.

3 Amazing Steps To Answer “Tell me about yourself”

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Following are the tips to give a perfect answer:

1) Who Are You?

Basically, this is the first step you have to acknowledge “who are you” where you have to introduce yourself and tell them what you are doing currently.

It should be summaries of experience or education of what you have done or what are you doing.

To begin with, the formal greetings are highly recommended you can start with Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening.

This should be optional you can attach that you are thankful for short-listing me or giving me the opportunity to talk about me.

Furthermore, you add your Full Name(must) and summarize them about your education of what you have done in your career. For e.g.

Correct Answer:

Good Morning/Afternoon/ Evening everyone,
Thank you for shortlisting me for the interview round. My name is Prakash Mishra. I am a hard-working Engineering graduate specialised in Computer Science Engineering with an overall CGPA of…

2) Accomplishments

Now, this is the place where you have to show your accomplishments what you have done till now. You have to add a list of your accomplishments with proof of performance.

If you are a college student and not having a good experience so you can add courses or amazing skills you have done and try to relate them with the job you are actually applying for.

Correct Answer:

Along with my degree, I completed C++, Java and Python programming language on Udemy or Coursera.
Furthermore, I have a fascinating background in data analysis, with a degree from University XY. What really got me into the field, though, is the internship I did at Company Z. It has helped me to develop my 3rd as well as 4th final project called ‘XYZ’. It was during this project that I have discovered that I am a team player and so on…..

3) How YOU Are Fit For The Job

Now, this is the most important step because the interviewer really wants to know how fit you are and how much you are interested in the company or the industry which most of you neglect.

You have told them why this position excites you, how it fits into your larger career goals and why you feel it’s the best next step.

Try to read the job description very well and try to relate your skills with the requirements which an interviewer wants in their employees. Try to read “What answers Interviewers really want to hear?” so that you can get a clear view of what you have to tell them.

These are some steps which you have to consider while preparing for “Tell me about yourself”.


4 Essential Tips on Answering “Tell Me About Yourself”

 ◻ 4 Essential Tips on Answering “Tell Me About Yourself”

1) Keep it Professional

As I have already discussed that the recruiter or interviewers are not interested in your entire life story.

They don’t care about which school you went to, how your first internship went, or what you studied in high school.

You have to consider all the details which are relatable to the job descriptions, not anything else.

Incorrect Answer:

I always loved playing around with code and learning new things. But it wasn’t until that high school where I first had my first class about it that really made me fall in love with the subject.

Since then, I started learning more about it and decided to major in IT at University X where I learned how to.

2) Finish up in 60 Seconds

Practising is also an important aspect because you don’t want to wait until you get this question in a live interview to try out your answer for the first time.

You have to do some practise so that it should complete in 60 seconds.

But sometimes interviewers ask you to tell “Tell Me About Yourself” in 30 seconds or sometimes they are showing interest and want to listen more. It can happen anytime so you have to take into consideration and make different versions in your mind and always be ready to make decisions of what you have to add or remove.

This is up to you!!!

3) Know Your Audience

You have to make sure to understand who you’re talking about.

Is it the HR? Business manager? The hiring manager?

In every single stage, it can be asked by any one of the “Tell Me About Yourself”, but that doesn’t mean you have to give the same exact answer every time. Basically, they all expect a different answer.

Let’s say you’re a software engineer, and you’re being interviewed by the HR manager. If you start going on and on about how much you love coding in Assembly, you’ve practically lost them.

See, the HR manager doesn’t know anything about coding or assembly.

They’re expecting a more generic answer about you, your career, and your reasons for applying to the company.

4) Lead the Interview

This is the best thing you can do is try to lead the interview. It means to try to add something at the end of the “Tell me about yourself” so that after completing this interviewer should ask any question related to that topic.

That is a very good perspective to lead the interview.

What do you think?


“Tell me about yourself” Sample Answers

Sample answer for fresh graduates::
Good Morning/Afternoon/ Evening everyone,

Thank you for shortlisting me for the interview round. My name is Prakash Mishra. I am a hard-working Engineering graduate specialised in Computer Science Engineering with an overall CGPA of 8.5.

Along with my degree, I completed C++, Java and Python programming language on Udemy or Coursera.
Furthermore, I have a fascinating background in data analysis, with a degree from University XY. What really got me into the field, though, is the internship I did at Company Z.

It has helped me to develop my 3rd as well as 4th final project called ‘XYZ’. It was during this project that I have discovered that I tend to be teamwork-oriented and reliable, as I’ve never missed a deadline. I’m also proud of my ability to preserve and overcome any challenges as they come up.

I’ve worked hard in my education and now I’m ready to apply my knowledge into practice.
While I don’t have any real-life work experience, I’ve had a lot of exposure to the business environment. A lot of my courses involved working with real companies to solve real problems.

Now, I’m looking to leverage everything I’ve learned in uni and get some hands-on work experience.
This is just an example

Wrapping Up

In the beginning, you have already understood how much this question(“Tell me about yourself”) is important for the interview purpose.

You have to fully prepare for this question as you already know that this is definitely what the interviewer will ask me. It’s like you already know the question and you just have to prepare before the interview round. For preparing a perfect response you have to consider 3 things:

  1. Work – This should make up about 80% of your answer. Focus on your previous experience and accomplishments here.
  2. Academic – 10-15% of your answer should then be about your academic background (university, academic achievements, etc.).
  3. Personal – Finally the last 5-10% should be about you as a person, while still keeping it relevant to the company.

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