How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ in a Job Interview

The most common question of all interview is “Tell Me About Yourself”. We often neglect this part in our interview preparation. However, it is the most important question as it sets the tone for the rest of the interview.

This questions actually sets an opportunity to market yourself as a solution to their problem. So, tell them about your achievements and experience to make you an ideal candidate for the job you’re seeking.

To effectively answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” question, your answer should be broken in following categories:

  • Professional achievements
  • Educational qualifications
  • Skills you have gained so far
  • Goals you achieved in your professional journey
  • Reason for applying in this organization

Unless very necessary, try to cover each category by 25-30 seconds and try to answer the whole question not more than 3 minutes.


Your Professional Achievements 

Don’t recite your resume. Plan out 3-5 professional achievements and mention them that relate to the position you’re applying for.

The best way to practice and sound confident in an interview is to practice your response in front of a mirror. Don’t plan out your response word for word. Instead, map out each category and practice until you are able to improvise around each one.


Educational Qualifications

How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ in a Job Interview

Don’t go very detail about your educational qualifications. Employers only want to know about your course projects and the knowledge you gained from them.

Explain how the knowledge and the activities can be leveraged to successfully satisfy the position’s requirements. Also, mention the extracurricular activities in which you have gained leadership skills.  Expand the conversation on the major projects you have worked.


Applicable Skills 

How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ in a Job Interview

Discuss 4-5 relevant skills that fit the job duties. Don’t ever lie about your skills which you don’t have or very little knowledge. The Employer will definitely find it out.

Discuss your skills in short and also mention how you learned about them. This will help you to provide background to how your skills were utilized.


Career Goals You Achieved 

One of the most important part, you should answer it very carefully. Remember, you only answer your career goals, not your life goals ( i.e. owning a house, having lots of money).  If you don’t answer you career goals properly, the employer might have an impression that you are not a goal-oriented individual.

First of all, demonstrate that you want to build a stable career. Talk about the goals that you are looking to achieve in the organization and show a forward thinking to implement your skills for the betterment of the potential employer.


Reason for applying in this organization

How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ in a Job Interview

To answer this question you need to research about the employer thoroughly. Be careful when you answer this question. Don’t talk about the money. Instead talk about how the company can help you achieve your goals, talk about their company environment and so on.

Try to establish that you see yourself with the company in a long term.


If you follow the above points answering the “Tell Me About Yourself” question will be super easy. A solid answer will impress your employer and will ensure that your interview goes smoothly.





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