Job Interview Guide: How to answer “Tell Me About Yourself”

Tell Me About Yourself: The best answer to Interview Question

It is a safe bet this will be one of the first questions you will face and the way you answer it will set the tone for the entire interview. One thing that stays true for this answer every time you are asked; KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL. Employers are not asking you this question because they want to know what your favourite colour is; they want to know why you are the best candidate for the job.

Employers want to hire the best person for the job, and your job is to convince them this is you as it is most likely the first question you will face in your interview, it is one of the first impressions you will be giving the employer. You want to give the most professional image of yourself as possible, Narrator: in order to accomplish this, do not volunteer personal information. please tell me “Tell me about yourself…

Interviewee: “Well, I’m 23 years old, I was born and raised in this city. I have 2 dogs and I love basketball…”

This candidate has already set himself back, you do not want to give any information about your personal life, but rather your professional life and how it relates to the position you are interviewing for. To do this successfully you need to prepare and structure your answer highlighting your relevant education, experience and professional qualities.

From the job description, you know what the qualifications for the job are and what skills the employer is looking for, so you want to highlight all of your previous work experience, education, training and all other professional skills that are relevant to the position. No matter what your work history is, you have transferrable skills. If this is your first job in your field then highlight the skills and training you received from your education as they pertain to the job and talk about any transferrable skills you might have gained from any of your work experiences. Highlight your accomplishments as well. If you received any academic awards or any promotions or commendations from your job, feel free to mention it.

Not every position you interview for is going to be exactly the same, even if the job title is. Each company has different needs, so study the job description and figure out exactly what it is they are looking for. Once you figure out what the employer is looking for in a candidate, your job is to be that person, so emphasize the skills and qualifications you have that relate to the job specifically. Try to keep your answers in chronological order. You do not have to recap your professional history year by year, Narrator: but detailing the experiences and skills that you have gained as you attained them in an organized fashion will leave a good impression on the employer. Your resume can help you with this as it is in chronological order and can help you set a timeline.

Now that you have the structure here is a good example

Interviewer: “Please, tell me about yourself”

Interviewee: “Let’s see, I believe I have a very solid background in Medical Assisting. I earned my degree in Medical Assisting where I learned valuable skills, such as taking vitals, administering injections, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician with examinations. While earning my degree I worked in customer service at ABC Fashion for 3 years as well, where I gained valuable communication skills and learned how to address customer’s needs, which enables me to relate and effectively communicate with patients and their needs. I also completed an internship at a Health Clinic while in school, where I picked up more valuable skills including updating patient files and medical records, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and helped make sure the office ran smoothly. These are all valuable skills which I will hopefully be able to apply to this position and bring to your office”.

Remember, when answering the question, tell me about yourself, keep it professional and do not give any personal information. Tell them your work history and transferrable skills as it relates to the job you are interviewing for, highlight your skills from your relevant education and training that will help you in the position… and do so in an organized, chronological fashion.