“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most common openers to a job interview, but job-seekers are often unsure what interviewers really want to hear in response. Are you supposed to include personal information? Should your answer focus on selling yourself, or just give the facts? What is the employer really asking?
“Tell me about yourself” in a job interview means “give me an overview of who you are, professionally speaking.” And there’s a reason this is asked at the very beginning of an interview; it’s a way of saying, “Give me some broad background before we dive into specifics.”You should be ready with a short-ish (like one minute) answer that summarizes where you are in your career, generally with an emphasis on your most recent job and the strengths of your approach.
Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about how to do that. With examples! You can read it here.