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Tell Me About Yourself – A Good Answer to This Interview Question

Tell Me About Yourself – A Good Answer to This Interview Question


Hey, it’s Linda Raynier of LindaRaynier.com Career Strategist, Speaker and Coach. And in this video, I’m going to teach you 3 tips in order to answer the “Tell me about yourself” interview question the right way, so that you can stand out in front of hiring managers and ideally, land more job offers. Now before we begin, there are a couple of ground rules you need to know before you can develop the perfect answer to this question. Rule #1: Do not talk about your personal or family life. When someone asks you, “tell me about yourself,” they’re not actually asking you to tell them about your personal life choices, and the mistakes that you’ve learned from, and how you got here as a human being. They’re not actually asking you to “tell them about yourself” they’re actually asking you to tell them about your qualifications, your experiences, as well as why you’re a good fit for this role. That’s it. They just want to know about your professional background and experience in a nutshell. Rule #2: Do tell a story. Even though I said, you shouldn’t be telling them about your LIFE story, you do want to tell them your professional work story. I’ll get into details about this a little later, but essentially, a good professional work story means, that it needs to be engaging, compelling, clear and complete. So, now that we’ve got the ground rules out of the way, let’s move onto our four major tips on how to answer the “tell me about yourself” interview question. Okay, so let’s start off with Tip #1. Tip #1 is to give a snapshot of your work history. So what this means is, you’re going to go back in time to the earliest professional job you’ve ever held and you’re going to start your story from there. So essentially, you’re going to describe what company you worked at, what title you held when you were in that position, how long you stayed in that position for, and, most importantly, what were your major responsibilities in that position. So for example, let’s just say that you started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst. Okay, let’s just make this up. Let’s just use another accounting example. You started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst and then you moved up to Senior Financial Analyst and now, you’re a Finance Manager. When you tell your story, you’re going to start off with your role as a financial analyst. And you’re going to say something along the lines of, So now you’re going to do that for each and every one of your positions. You’re essentially telling mini work snapshots for every position that you’ve held up to the current position that you’re holding right now. So after you’ve told the employer about the company you were at, the title that you held, the number of years you were there for and the major responsibilities that you had in that position, you’re then going to describe one major accomplishment that you were able to achieve in that role. So, I explained a lot about what accomplishments were in my previous video, “Resume Hacks – How to Make a Resume Stand Out” which is, in the link below. But at the same time, I’ll explain it here. An accomplishment is anytime where you have saved time, saved money, improved processes, improved profitability. Anything where you’ve done something that has resulted in a quantifiable, ideally quantifiable result for your company or your department. So, to add on to our example, you would say, So you’ll do both this tip #2 and tip #1 in conjunction with each other, for every single position that you’ve held. Now onto tip #3. Once you’ve gone through your entire story, and you’ve told the employer about your major roles as well as the accomplishments that you’ve achieved, it’s now time to acknowledge to the employer what you know they need for this particular position that they’re hiring for. So, to continue on our example, you’ll then say, The reason why this is so important and that so many people don’t do this is because what it does, psychologically, is that it tells the employer that not only are you aware of your abilities and your achievements but that you’re also aware of his or her needs as well and what they’re looking for. And when you can say something as simple as just simply acknowledging “I am aware that for this role you need someone with process improvements skills and abilities” it’s creating a connection with the employer it’s not you any longer talking at them, you’re talking to them. Finally, onto tip #4. This is the icing on the cake, it’s the cherry on top. And it’s the one thing that many, many people do not bother to say when they’re answering this or many other interview questions. And that is, to tell the employer to literally spoon feed them to maybe even brainwash them to understanding why you are the one and only and perfect fit for this position. So to add onto our example, you would say something like, You need to tell the employer why you’re the right fit for the job. If you don’t end off with this, It’s going to end off on a flat not. It’s not going to be a stellar response. It’s just going to sound like everybody else’s response But in this case, you are being very clear and specific. Even without them having asked you why you’re the right fit you’re literally just feeding it to them and telling them, I’m the right fit for the role. Above all else. So now you know how to answer one of the toughest interview questions, but do you know if your resume stands out enough that you’ll even land the interview in the first place? If not, feel free to download a free copy of my 10 ultimate resume hacks cheat sheet. Which is located down below, the link is right there. Feel free to click on it, enter your email and I will for sure send you a copy! If you liked this video then please give it a thumbs up, subscribe, share it with your friends. And thank you so much for watching I will see you in the next video.

Comments (100)

  1. Interview Tell Me About Yourself – How to Answer the Tell Me About Yourself Question // Thank you for watching my video! Please tell me what YOUR favourite tip was? Leave your comments below!

  2. great help big thanks

  3. Got one in 2 hours

  4. I really appreciate you give examples of each!

  5. Most employers will discriminate against any pale male these days…

  6. Tell Me About Yourself?

  7. fucksake! i have an interview in 2 days and im litterally having a mind fart! i used to be an intern in this place too and cant remember anything

  8. I find this to be false. The interviews I have had where I describe my professionalism and my personal life I have always gotten the job. The interviews where I was less personal, I usually did not get.

  9. They want to know my professional background? It's in the CV. They know that all ready.

  10. These are great tips. Thanks Linda for you guidance and wisdom.

  11. MANNNN …. 13 M views and counting . . . LINDA thanks for the FLAT OUT Right tips

  12. What if I've never had a job or no experience?

  13. So tell them about you and enjoy bragging about yourself in a way that will encourage the prospective employer to believe you can help them help their customers.

    Prior to the interview, sit yourself down, reflect on what you've done to date, what you aspire to do, then right a short story about you so you then when you get asked, you can let it flow.

    If the interviewer is intimidating or condescending, do you really want to work for them?

    An interview should be a pleasant chit chat. Don't forget to interview the interviewer about how the job could benefit you.

  14. This is great to know. Thanks so much!!

  15. Going to a job interview tomorrow.. uh

  16. nice video ! 🙂

  17. I love u so much

  18. If I never see my bear bear, no deal , you have being holding our time for at least 2 n a half years because of you inconsistent mental illness !!!

  19. How tf am I going to tell them about my professional career if I'm applying to get my first job?

  20. Thank you so much. I have a phone interview at 730 tonight and have been out of the work force since 2015! This has helped my confidence level thank you so much

  21. Thanks for the fore tips and the details between them.
    The best thanks.

  22. How many of us just seen the beautiful girl and clicked on it?

  23. interviews in 2 days!!!! wish me luck

  24. thank you for the great tips

  25. How about if interviewer ask about salary?

  26. Interviewer : Tell me about yourself.
    Me : Actually I am not from your world 😆😆😆

  27. Thank u.. 😊😊

  28. So when they ask me that I’ma say ( oh I work as a pony rental I’d make about 200 dollars a week ) but honestly what if it’s my 1st time getting a job what do I say

  29. Nice tips but I suck at….talking

  30. With your permission, can I use this video in my blog?

  31. You talking about official employers class, employers in bank looking for jobs example , he has experience 5 years and now looking for jobs,,, but there are a lot of people hasn't experience with new jobs, he can't continuation with old job because many reasons,

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  33. Hi guys! this is so amazing it helps a lot 😘 i have my video about how to answer with the interviewer when you are a feesh graduate im hoping that you will subscribe to my channel and visit it thanks ❤️😘

  34. Great tips! 👍

  35. What if you have been a stay at home mom and wife for many many yrs?

  36. Send me a copy of a a good cv

  37. “Tell me about yourself.”
    “Read this.” Throw the resume on the table.

  38. i have no experience related to the tech jobs im applying to 🙁 i feel like i have nothing to talk about besides my classes.

  39. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

  40. Thank you sooo much its helps alot🤗❤️

  41. Awww i wish i could have ran across your video two days ago becasue this was the exact ques3 they ask me

  42. I wish i were you!

  43. Tell me about yourself video is very good for information about if you are going to giving an interview and if you have a question like this, than how to make a good answers for getting a job.
    So thankful for your guidelines.

  44. This is so hard… why do interviews have to be so organized and methodical. That’s my biggest problem. I don’t pass interviews unless I display extreme confidence and try to stand out. I’m pretty average as a candidate. I don’t have many qualifications.

  45. 48 hours before the interview
    I'm watching this☺🤗

  46. Thank you so much Linda, this will definitely help me with my first interview!

  47. Tnx this tips sissy actually I explained about my HALL life when I interviewed before that's why maybe didn't me hired.

  48. What if you are 30 years old and never have had a job before due to psychological issues during your childhood and past youth, but recently got free from them and want to start things over, what do you tell them? Can you make that bad life experience seem useful in your line of work somehow?

  49. I got a job at Aldi Supermarket. I never had a interview for as im nervous. And this had made me feel a little more confident

  50. 3 hours before interview
    Me: watching this🤗wish me gud luck guys

  51. I played this video to see if my audio latency was fixed…

  52. This information was very helpful. Thanks

  53. Interview could be completely subjective. Just saying something BRIEF but relevant such as your related skills, some interesting about your self, etc. Everything else depends on your luck! Research has shown that female supervisors are more subjective than male counter part…. Also depends on how many available positions. There are a lot of things out of your control….

  54. Very much helpful for answering interview questions

  55. People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it

  56. i badly need help 😅

  57. Can I still get a job even though I'm homeschooled??

  58. should you talk about volunteer experience ?

  59. Every video I look at tell me the same exact thing but what if you don't have any job experience at all what do you supposed to say make something up

  60. Man… most of the time the employer it self is not professional, along with it employees. Regardless of how good your interview is; it will always come down to how you look, who you know, and how good of a brown nosier you can be… that the real word and is today’s really

  61. Had an interview at olive garden today and I actually tried my best to stick to these tips and I got called for a second interview.
    Omg I've been doing interviews wrong my whole life 😱😵🤣

  62. What if this is my first job?

  63. So "tell me about yourself" is actually just asking you to regurgitate all the information on your resume? All this time after doing countless of internship and job interviews I thought they were asking about me as a person and my personal qualities. Guess the human aspect of hiring is gone after all.

  64. As a teenager with no work experience and no accomplishments (don’t leave the house much) what is a good response to this question?

  65. I have an apple interview coming up and literally this question may in fact be my saving grace.

  66. You're beautiful, Linda!

  67. Its sad coz i have a job tryout at dominos and i literally play video games all day and watch youtube

  68. Excuse me? Most of job/work/professional histories are written on the Resume already. Clarify this pls!

  69. If you dont have a work history and goi g as a student then what should be the proffesional story

  70. If you dont have a work history and goi g as a student then what should be the proffesional story

  71. the million dollar question is… "do i have any achievement to talk about?" Lol

    Am all about completing my shift and getting home to a nice hot dinner

  72. I'm fresh grad how am I supposed to tell a story about my past work experience when there's nothing worth mentioning about it. Btw tomorrow's my interview I'm freaking out.

  73. So should you mention multiple jobs or one?

  74. plz subscrib my channal

  75. I thought this was that boring ass question males / females ask when you trying to get into a relationship 😭😂

  76. Butt-kissers only hire butt-kissers.

  77. What I "love" about most of the career coaches out there is that every time they give an example of people who have 10 years of experience in a certain role or industry, have won 20 rewards etc. What about people who dont have many years of experience, or have no experience, or havent won any rewards? If I have the profile described by most of the career coaches in their examples trust me I will not need a career coach to tell me how to answer interview questions… most of these videos are obviously made for managers or CEOs with thousands of years of experience and millions of awards…. What you do here is just to make normal people without rewards for their job feel even more nervous and scared of the interview as they are thinking:" Oh, no…. what do I do now? I obviously need to be an expert with 20 years of experience to answer even a simple interview question …" I think it's very important to know your audience before making such a video and trust me your audience is not people that you describe in this video!

  78. Every interview that I've had asked questions regarding the current or recent job. Not the first

  79. I hate that "So tell me about yourself" question

  80. Omgosh im so nervous! I have an interview at 1:10 at stufys (im 16) i hope god gives me this job please pray for me! I really need it

  81. You are wrong. Please email me I do uh old like to teach you e h.c as t really mean tell me about yourself. You have a very traditional answer.

  82. youspeak very well and quite fast, lovely you are.

  83. Thank you for the tip…

  84. Why interview is so complicated, we are in engineering not to be taught how to handle this. why you guys at HRD making this working thing so difficult

  85. Interviewer: Tell me about yourself
    Me: I'm broke mf broke

  86. please send me a copy of your paper on how to prepare my cv

  87. Amazing how u speak dear. How i wish i am as fluent and confident as u r.. as a new vlogger ill be more inspire to like u

  88. Great advice. Thank you ☺️🙏🏾

  89. I have a job interview in a few days… I am just trying to prepare myself

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