March 30, 2020
How to answer TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF interview question

How to answer TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF interview question


So you sent off your CV and your covering
letter for that dream job and they’re impressed! You’re called to the interview
they welcome you, you shake hands and they ask you the first question “Tell me
about yourself?” what do you do? what
do you say? where do you begin? well this question will be asked at
almost every interview and let me tell you that this is a trick question they
are NOT asking you to tell you about yourself. To find out why stay tuned Hello and welcome to LetThemTalk and
today we’re going to look at how to answer the interview question tell me
about yourself we’ve got some general tips and if English is not your first
language we’ll look at how you can approach it if you’re not so confident
about your English level. As I said at the beginning this is kind of a trick
question they are not asking you to tell them your life story and they’re not
asking you to talk, in detail, about your professional and educational experience
and background why should they do that they got your CV they’ve read your
covering letter, they know all there is to know, so why should they ask this
question? What they want to know is if you possess the art of communication can
you engage? can you keep them interested? can you tell a story? the question
beneath the question is we know you have got what it takes to do the job on paper
but let’s see what you’re like as a candidate. And this is your chance to
make a good first impression so let’s look at how to answer the question.
Rule number one: Keep it brief. Very important keep it brief one,two, three
minutes should be enough I would say five minutes is too long
ten minutes way too long you could probably say goodbye to the job don’t
tell your life story, you don’t get any points for giving a long answer and you
risk alienating the interviewers you do not need to talk about everything on
your CV this is just the first question and if you forget something, if you get
something important, it doesn’t matter you can discuss it later in the
interview. Your answer should pique curiosity and the interviewer should be
thinking “I want to know more” and not “I already know too much”. So what’s the
content of your answer you should basically tell them a story about your
professional background and educational background if it relates to the current
position. now you should mention some of these things: so start by giving
some adjectives to describe yourself, especially ones that are relevant to the
job you’re seeking say something about how you started you could mention an
accomplishment you could talk about your motivation tell them a story of how you
changed something or made a difference in your previous job or at university tell
them what you can do for them and what you want for the future and why you’re
best suited for the job. So you can cover some of those points that’ll
be great and finally give some personal detail to add colour or to show
that you are and all rounded individual and your life doesn’t revolve
exclusively around work but this should be very brief, very brief just a few
words. I know that some recruitment advisors say that you shouldn’t say
anything personal when answering this question but personally I think it’s
good to show that you have a life outside of work and if one of your
interviews shares the same interest it can help you bond. but as I said keep it
very short so that’s essentially the WHAT but HOW you tell it is much, much
more important as I said the question is a challenge to you to engage with them
and to connect with them on an emotional level. Often the words you use are less important than how you say them so
remember rule number one: maintain good eye contact throughout. This seems
obvious but I’ve seen so many candidates who don’t look you in the eye
and it’s quite disengaging. Have a good tone of voice with nice rolling
intonation not flat so that you sound like a robot. When you get passionate
raise your voice a little don’t shout though. You can speed up, you
can slow down, you can use hand gestures. personally I like that some people sit
with their hands on their lap but I think it’s good to look a little
animated and speak informally your covering letter and your CV is probably
written in formal English but when you speak make it sound more conversational
if it sounds too formal you can sound distant and unapproachable and for the
same reason don’t memorize your answer learn the key points, yes, but let the
words come out naturally and leave room for spontaneity. If English is not your
first language you might be worried about your grammar mistakes well
certainly you shouldn’t be. First of all, the interviewers are not grammar
teachers (unless of course you’re going for a job as an English language teacher
and that’s a different story) I assure you that they won’t notice
any small grammar mistakes they want to know that you can communicate in English.
You can have perfect grammar and be a bad communicator and you can have not
good grammar and be a great communicator and that’s what they want and, as I said,
the words you use are much less important than the way you communicate
and the story you tell. So even if your level of English is not that great you
can answer this question and it will put you in a good position for the rest of
the interview. OK I’ve talked enough about this so
let me just finish by giving an example so imagine I’m a project manager at an
interview for a new job so “Tell me about yourself” I would describe
myself as someone who is versatile and determined and someone who loves
learning. I’m creative, open-minded and easygoing and I enjoy working with
others and I try to use all these qualities in my professional life for
the last six years I’ve been working at XYZ company I started out at the help
desk where I worked closely with clients and I built some good relationships.
After that I did a number of roles in the company and have been promoted
several times now for the last three years I’ve been working as a project
manager. The company has been pretty successful and I’d like to think that I
contributed to that success my team has been developing accounting software for
the publishing industry and within two years we came from nowhere to being the
number one product in the field. And you know actually I wasn’t looking for a new
job I’m quite happy where I am and I kind of
came across your job ad by accident but it really captivated my imagination your
company is renowned for being one of the most innovative
in the sector. And I know this is a more senior than my current position but I do
have the skills and the experience and the passion you need and I do believe I
can make a positive impact and that’s why I’m here today. So in a nutshell
that’s who I am professionally and when I’m not working I like to go hiking at
weekends and I like reading books. OK that’s it I hope you found that useful
and if you have any tips of your own about how to answer this question do put
them in the comments and good luck with the interview stay mellow and I’ll see
you next time.

100 thoughts on “How to answer TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF interview question

  1. Come on man,

    You talked of being BRIEF but you're answering

    the question in all the remaining TIME,

    More so telling someone that you came across his

    JOB by MISTAKE is very OFFENSIVE.

  2. Exercising a little bit restraint while exhibiting some flair and ingenuity normally does the trick but as Gideon mentions it's ok to be a bit animated and to "stay mellow" unless one is seeking a job as an astrophysicist..

  3. “ Hhhmmm, LEGAL or ILLEGAL”? 😬🤪🤫🙄

    If You were INCARCERATED, what to SAY ?
    “ I killed 3 INMATES TO STAY ALIVE “? 😳😱I belong to the KKK or Aryan Nation Or Black Panthers “! "ءLet me TELL you about my 6 Ex Husbands”?😳

  4. Too Bad for Autistic ( But HIGHLY INTELLIGENT ) people or People from CULTURES or RELIGIONS, that STARING into EYES of Of opposite Gender is NOT DONE !

  5. NOW , SERIOUSLY but BEING OLDER , HOW DO WE ADDRESS this , without LYING about wanting to ACT like a 20 year old!

  6. I saw this video yesterday and cleared my first round. sending lots of good wishes to whoever has interview. You can do it.

  7. How to tell about yourself is really tricky. Come on, join with me to see best way in short time. You will ruin tomorrows interview.

  8. How to tell about yourself is really tricky. Come on, join with me to see best way in short time. You will ruin tomorrows interview.

  9. Interviewer: what is your weakness?
    Me: that's my honesty.
    Interviewer: I think this is your strength.
    Me: I don't give a fuck, for what you are thinking.

  10. Yesterday, I have had interview. English is not my first language. I am from India. I can write OR read English fluently but I can't speak it. So as usual I got rejected only because I didn't speak in English fluently.. so sad 😣

  11. Thank you so much! I watch heaps of your videos last night and had my interview this morning. And guess what, I GOT THE JOB!!!! After 100 plus resume sent online and 20 unsuccessful interviews!!Thanks so much! May you continue to inspire and help everyone! 🙏☺️❤️

  12. 0:12 – The word "question" already implies that it´s about asking something. "Asking a question" is bonkers.
    Better: "pose a question"

  13. I´ve seen "great communicators" with bad grammar/vocabulary and who did notoriously a lousy job (if that still is of any importance), but who nonetheless were accepted.

  14. I just watched this right before my interview and guess what????
    Interview that takes maximum 10 minutes for all before me took about 30 minutes when I entered.
    It turned out to be a conversation between them and I.
    They actually asked how much of a notice I need to give to my employers before I quit.
    I think I got the job 🕺🕺🕺

  15. I watched all your videos on interview and I got the job. The first interview got me the job. Thank you. Your channel brings luck! I think it's your confidence, humor, and playful attitude overall. On interview I looked laid back, positive, and asked them only one question – "what's your company's vision?" They said they fell in love with me ))) Thanks again!

  16. Hello. As a man, living in Russia and studying foreign languages, i want to express my gratitude to you for such an informative content. In Russian part of YouTube there are only grammar videos and something like “how I leaned English”. But the work you’re doing greatly helps me to improve my communicational skills and to look at the language I study „from inside“. Thanks a lot, keep it going!

  17. Thank you so much. I watched this 7 days before the university interviewing and just got announced of a $22.000 scholarship

  18. Thanks for your videos! You are so helpful to us! So I have one more maybe tricky question: how can I explain many years to accomplish a degree? Is that make a bad impression for you?

  19. Thanks for a good video, i have to tell about my self and why i want to work for a Company in a video, i'm Danish live in Hungary, apply for a english speaking job. you had some good tips, Thanks !

  20. Thank you very much again, in other words, thanks mate, is a very useful video, another point, is to be more specific about your hobbies, and how you enjoy reading or describing your experiences, but, I am not sure if you can ask the interviewer, if has some of your hobbies..? Cheer, mate.

  21. Thank you so much for this instructional video. I can surely feel that i can pass all the interview i will be encountering from this day. Thank you onca again. more power.

  22. what is your advise for undergraduates or soon to be graduates looking for internships, jobs and opportunities given we have little to no experience?

  23. The example he gives at the end for anyone that needs it (obviously change it to match your own experience and the role you've applied for).

    I would describe myself as someone who is versatile and determined and someone who loves learning. I am creative, open minded, easy going and I enjoy working with others. I try to use all these qualities in my professional life.

    For the last 6 years, I have been working at (insert company name here). I started out at the help-desk where I worked closely with clients and I built some good relationships. After that I did a number of roles in the company and have been promoted several times.

    Now for the last 3 years I have been working as a project manager. The company has been pretty successful and I’d like to think that I contributed to that success. My team has been developing accounting software for the publishing industry and within 2 years, we’ve come from nowhere to being the number one product in the field.

    Actually, I wasn’t looking for a new job as I am quite happy where I am and I came across your job advertisement by accident. But I really captivated my imagination. Your company is renowned for being one of the most innovative in the sector. I know this might be a more senior role than my current position, but I do have the skills, experience and the passion you need. I do believe I can make a positive impact and that is why I am here today.

    In a nutshell that is who I am as a professional and when I’m not working I like to go hiking on the weekends and I like reading books.

  24. My only question…
    Why do we need to make up statements which we are not in actual!
    Even intelligent interviewers could make it out that most of the things which we are saying are not true and just are fabricated ones..
    Do companies look for dishonest people who could be skillful in just making goody goody pictures about themselves!
    TO KNOW A PERSON IN ACTUAL, WE SHOULDN'T LISTEN TO WHAT HE IS SAYING… BUT SHOULD LISTEN TO WHAT HE HASN'T..

    GENERALLY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EFFICIENT IN THEIR WORK … CAN'T BE MUCH VOCAL ABOUT THEMSELVES AS THAT'S NOT THEY ARE HABITUAL OF… AND PEOPLE WHO ARE ARTICULATE ABOUT EXPRESSING THEMSELVES… CAN'T WORK PROPERLY AS THAT'S NOT THEIR AREA OF PROFICIENCY!

    ONLY A FEW INTELLIGENT INTERVIEWERS COULD UNDERSTAND THIS….

  25. I always go for long answers on this one. But then again, I'm an it guy. I think the interviewers want to know if I'm boring enough.

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  27. It is illogical to consider the question "tell me about yourself" as related to professional career and a person who has never read or watched instructional material on interviews would reply using examples from the personal life. Such an answer I think is the right one and the one related to professional achievements is not. But this is only one example of how f*ckedup is the whole recruitment process.

  28. give tips to people living in English speaking countries who, by definition, are secondary citizens expected to be resilient and taking secondary jobs. Greetings from Canada how do they approach this dream job while driving a forklift

  29. How to answer this in an organized way? Pls response My question because i am Planning to apply call Center agent next year and i dont have any experience in this

  30. This video set me in a good mood. Really. I think u are the best English teacher on the planet. Maybe in the solar system as well, or in the whole universe.

  31. i love your optimism at the end of this video.. hahahha incredible man,. that means you are not making videos for just to some money.

  32. I would just like to say because of you I've just gotten one of my dream jobs without any qualifications and experience. So for that I seriously thank you. I knew I couldnt compete with the other candidates with education etc but I followed these steps, played to my strengths and got the job.

  33. I hate this stupid question "tell me about yourself" … I think if you actually want an employer you must ask something like "can you do this work? why do you think so, show what you can, how do you decide (case, situation) and so forth"
    "Tell me about yourself' – this is a question of young people when they are meeting 🙂

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