How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” in an Interview

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Tell me about yourself… If you are interviewing, the “Tell me about yourself” question is the moment that sets the tone for the rest of the meeting. Understanding the purpose inherent in the question is as important as answering the question itself. In an article on, author Stav Ziv, explores this in depth and with examples. Here is an excerpt:

… responding to such a broad invitation to talk about yourself can feel stressful and complicated. You might be thinking: Um, what do they want to know? Should I give the biopic synopsis of my workplace drama complete with ideal casting?

Your interviewer doesn’t need to know you envision Zendaya playing you in the imagined movie adaptation of your life. But you can and should prepare in advance so you can use this common opening prompt to your advantage, setting the stage for a successful interview.

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