Job interviews can be tricky, especially when you get hit with the dreaded “tell me about yourself” portion. There are a few things you should always include in your response, but it’s also a good time to cleverly work in things that point to your strengths.
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The “tell me about yourself” portion of job interviews is a chance to for you to show your potential value to the company and give some insight about who you are as a person. Brett and Kate McKay at Art of Manliness suggest it’s also a good place to sneak in your positive qualities:
Mention things that point to positive underlying qualities. You don’t want to brag in your response, but you do want to seem valuable and confident. One way to walk this line is to mention things that point to positive underlying qualities without spelling them out explicitly. For example:
- “I graduated college in three years.” (points to work ethic)
- “I was the youngest person ever to be made sales manager.” (points to beyond-your-years competency)
It’s also a good idea to keep your response short, and make sure you highlight qualities that are relevant to the position. It’s also a good idea to briefly summarise your career history and what you’d like to next in your career that’s relevant to the position you’re interviewing for. You can learn more great tips for job interviews at the link below.
Tell Me About Yourself [Art of Manliness]