How To Answer the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question

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Almost all interviews start with this question. This question is really important since it allows you to guide the interview. Guiding the interview means making the interviewers ask you questions which you want to be asked. The main objective of this question is usually to break the ice. You can use it to your advantage. Most people answer this question by rattling off their resume. You can better use this question by telling the interviewer some specific personal attributes which are not listed in your resume or things which you are good at and want the interviewer to probe more about.

Non Ideal Answer: “My name is Ram Kumar. I was born in Delhi and grew up there. I did my graduation at Delhi College of Engineering in the Computer Science stream. I passed my course with Distinction. Then I joined IBM Software Labs in Bangalore where I was working on the Andrew File System for two years. I then moved back to Delhi to join a startup called Gohigh which is in the travel domain. I am still working there. In my spare time, I like to listen to music, read history books and watch movies. I am also a part of an NGO”

Good Answer: “I am Ram Kumar, a Computer Science graduate from Delhi College of Engineering Delhi. I like to use my analytical abilities to develop world class products in the travel domain. When I am not working, I like to read ancient Indian history since I am intrigued by the stories of brilliant minds like Chanakya. I also like to give back to society and am an active member of an NGO through which we teach underprivileged kids on weekends”.

In the first case, the professor can ask Ram any question, either what is in his resume or about some topic in the professor’s mind which Ram may or may not know about. In the second case, because Ram has made some intriguing statements, the professor is more likely to ask Ram about his strengths like the world class travel product he has developed, some specific topics on ancient Indian history or on his work with his NGO. This are areas which Ram is good at and can answer well, thereby increasing the chances of his success in the interview.

Ensure you prepare the “Tell me about yourself” answer well as it could be a major factor in deciding your success in the interview.

Check out more sample answers to the “tell me about yourself” interview question.

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