Simple interview questions like "Tell me about yourself" aren't always easy to answer. Telling a story that mentions the present, past, and future gives hiring managers the information they need to evaluate you.
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Your first instinct would be to talk about the past first then the present. The Muse suggests mixing it up:
So, first you start with the present — where you are right now. Then, segue into the past — a little bit about the experiences you've had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future — why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.
Explaining your present skills first gives the interviewer a context to understand the past. Ending your interview with the future gives you a strong finish. While The Muse focuses on one question, this formula also works with other questions, too.