Tell Me about Yourself – An Interview Question

So usually when a guy asks a lady this, she thinks he is ‘interested’. Then they start doing that their ‘things’ they have been doing: flexing the guys as if…I don’t even know. As an example, when a guy goes like “So Atswei, tell me about yourself.” She goes like, “what do you want to know…nah you go first”. Trying this at interview will surely fetch you the door, if not the window.

Interviews can be one big headache. It makes very interesting noticing that, questions asked during interviews are basically about our everyday life. However, asking someone to tell you about him/her (self) during an interview is a ‘mission impossible for’ many. Some try to look for the many vocabulary that will make them ‘weighty’ and appear very intellectual. That ‘forceful’ effort is needless.

The response to this question must be about YOU. Yes, just YOU. No one else. It must be truthful, and properly structured and that is what will make it believable. This question basically has nothing to do with your personal life, rather it is about the skills you possess for the job. In other words, it is about you and the job you are applying for.

More often than not, there are two ways in which people answer such questions during interviews, that is, the generic way (what everyone else is going to, and will say) and the more preferred, or better, ‘appropriate’ way that interviewers lookout for.

Before we go into it, this is a structure one can follow during an interview session. Having a structure will let you know how to go about it and have a good presentation.

Always use the acronym:

E- Education,

E- Employment and

S- Skills

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In effect, the way to answer this question is to tell them your educational background, with your work experience and the skills you have acquired that makes you qualified for the job you are interviewing for.

Let’s take a look at the following hypothetical but most likely examples. The hypothetical position is Sales Manager at Company XYZ

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Interviewer: Tell me about yourself.

Candidate A: My name is Kotey and I come from Lawra. My hobby is reading and I also love swimming. I am a university graduate and have taken lots of professional courses as well. Currently, I work with Shoprite. I am hardworking and look forward to being a part of your team.

Candidate B: Whiles in the university, I read Business Administration. My final year option was in Sales and Marketing, where I learnt and appreciated the various ways of managing a business and how to satisfy customers. Internships also helped me harness these skills as I became an asset to my first company, Omega, where I was promoted to Assistant Sales Manager, and still work. My strongest strength is communication. I say this because, as an example, during my work at Omega, I was able to convince and negotiate better terms with potential clients and brought on board four organisations which are now part of our top ten best performing clients. Currently, I am looking for an opportunity to grow my career and I believe this is the opportunity that gives me it.

Obviously we can all see the difference in the two. One is very generic, and the other says more without needing further explanation. Always apply the acronym E.E.S to whatever position you are applying for and you will be able to provide employers with very satisfying answers as you stand out amongst the many other candidates.

You can leave a feedback and also other interview questions you may want me to write on during the next piece.

Glad to have you reading. Hope this was helpful?

My name is Kotey.

Good day.


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