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“Tell Me About Yourself” Answers (Examples Included)

By Jeff Gillis

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Talking about yourself should be the easiest thing to do.

After all, who knows you better than…

You? :)

But for some strange reason, nearly every interviewer can agree that giving a good answer to the question “Tell Me About Yourself” during a job interview can be one of the toughest and most stressful things to do.

But what is it about this seemingly simple question that is such a thorn in your side?

Well, it can come down to a few things.

Why are they asking this?

What are they looking for in my answer?

What is the best strategy for giving them what they want?

As these questions start to mount inside your brain, it’s likely that your level of stress is growing along with them, and that doesn’t make for the most comfortable of job interviews.

And if you aren’t comfortable, chances are the hiring manager can sense it and we all know what that means…

Bye bye job offer! (gulp)

But it doesn’t have to be this hard. In fact, this article will show you that answering this question can actually be an easy (and even pleasant!) experience.man-bye-bye

Because what this unique question really is, is an opportunity for you to take control of the interview and position yourself as the perfect candidate for the job.

Before we go any further grab the cheat sheet below:

 

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Let’s take a look at what this comprehensive article goes over:

Here's What We Are Going To Cover

  • Why do hiring managers ask this question anyway?
  • How to answer an “unstructured” interview question
  • Common Mistakes
  • How to structure your answer

  • Tell me about yourself sample answer
  • What to do if you have no experience
  • What to do if you are changing industries
  • Putting it all together

 

Why Do Hiring Managers Ask The Tell Me About Yourself Interview Question Anyway?

So why do hiring managers ask this question?

Do they really want to get to know you better?

Are their lives really so boring and wrapped up in work that they’re forced to ask these questions in order to live vicariously through their prospective employees?

Unless you’re a former race car driver who jet sets all across the globe and only dates blindingly attractive people and spends your weekends curing cancer and saving babies, I’m going to have to say no…

…they’re probably not vicariously living your life through your answer.

In fact, there are two much more practical reasons why hiring managers ask this question:

  1. They want to see how you react to a question asked casually and without structure
  2. They want to get a feel for what you deem to be “important”

tetris-308443_640How To Answer An “Unstructured” Interview Question

Here’s the deal.

A good interview candidate always prepares before she (or he) goes in for an interview.  She does her research. She works on her resume and cover letter.

She runs through hundreds if not thousands of practice interview questions and refines her answers until they’re tailored, precise, and perfect…and interviewers know this.

They’re not stupid…that’s why they’re the ones doing the interviews!

Their job is to find the perfect candidate and weed out the less than ideal matches…and it’s a tough job, especially when faced with hundreds of candidates who have all worked equally hard.

So a “casual” or unstructured question is one that’s meant to throw you off your game and break you free from the memorized answers.

Rather than simply parroting back something you’ve studied for hours, you’re being called on to speak freely and off the cuff.

But why would they want to throw you off your game?

Well, chances are the position they are hiring for is going to require the candidate to make some decisions and think on his/her feet.

Anyone can prepare for a situation that they know is coming, much like anyone can prepare for an interview question that they know is coming.

By asking an unstructured question like this the hiring manager is able to get a good idea of your ability to think and adapt on the fly.

What Do You Think Is Important?

So we’ve established that thinking on the fly is important.

But even more importantly, by asking this question the hiring manager also wants to see which information you think is important to offer up relative to the position you are interviewing for.

Tricky, right?

In leaving the question somewhat opened and unstructured, the hiring manager is trying to get a sense of whether or not you truly understand which experiences, skills and abilities are relevant for the position you are interviewing for. (This is key!)

If you focus on things that the company puts a lot of value in, BINGO!

You pass the test.

But if you just regurgitate the stuff you’ve already mentioned in your cover letter and resume, chances are the interview will be over before it has even started.

How you answer this question can reveal more about who you really are than you can ever possibly imagine…which means it’s a potential land mine…or a potential springboard to success.

So how does one answer this question?  The best way to understand this is to first talk about the common mistakes made by most job seekers.

facepalmCommon Mistakes Made When Answering “Tell Me About Yourself”

Okay, so as you might have guessed, this is one of the job interview questions that most people get wrong.  So in order to ensure you don’t end up as one of these people, let’s take a look at the most common mistakes that people make:

1) Regurgitate Your Cover Letter and Resume

I touched on this in the section above.  This is not an invitation for you to simply list off your past accomplishments.

Yes, it’s important for you to highlight moments in your past when you were successful, but the real power lies in highlighting the accomplishments that are most relevant to this specific position (more on this in a minute).

2) Telling Your Life Story

This is probably the most common mistake that people make.  Why?  Because it’s the easiest way to answer this question.

“Well, I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas.  I was born in 1983 and spent most of my childhood hunched over a piano, striving to become a concert pianist (which I now am).  I love the outdoors – I’m and avid skier and mountain biker.  I really love working with my hands and spent a lot of my time in the woodwork shop.”

Look.  It’s great to share your personality with others.  But save it for after you get hired.

3) “Well, What Do You Want To Know?”

Congratulations. You just lost the job.

Why?

Because an answer like this tells an interviewer that you’re unprepared (yes, unprepared for an unstructured question. It’s not fair…but then again, neither is life…).

4) The 10-Minute Monologue

Speaking of unfair…don’t go off on a ten minute monologue all about you.

Keep it short.  A minute.  90 seconds at most.

There are going to be a lot more questions coming down the pipe that will allow you to elaborate on your various experiences, skills and accomplishments.  Don’t feel like you have to answer all of them at once.

How To Answer “Tell Me About Yourself”

Okay, so now that you have an idea of what you shouldn’t do, let’s dig a little deeper into exactly how you should answer this tough job interview question.

So what is the most important thing to remember?

Well, according to research conducted by Marc Cenedella over at the Ladders, the consensus of career coaches that he asked about how best to respond this question begins with one specific point:

“Focus on what most interests the interviewer.”

Does that make sense?  You don’t want to focus on what is best about you, you want to focus on what you are going to do to fulfill the needs of the company you are interviewing with.

We here at The Interview Guys Headquarters would have to strongly agree!  Which is why we are always harping on our catchphrase:

“It’s not about you, it’s about them.”

What does this mean?  You need to customize (or tailor) your response to the question to the needs of the organization.

So now you have to find a way to do this clearly and concisely.

tailoring-methodUse The “Tailoring Method”

Now we won’t get into the real meat and potatoes of the Tailoring Method in this article (but you should definitely read the in-depth discussion of this over in our article Job Interview Questions and Answers 101).

But here’s the Cliff Notes for the Tailoring Method:

Your company has a specific (and predetermined) set of skills and abilities that the candidate they are going to hire needs to have in order to do the job to their standards. We like to call these Qualities.

So in terms of Tell Me About Yourself, while it is important to talk about all of the Qualities that you think you have, what’s actually much more important is that you show that you possess the Qualities that they want.

But how do you find the Qualities they want and how do you incorporate them into your answers?  (Again, we break it all down in the article linked to above, so go check it out and then come back to see how it applies to Tell Me About Yourself answer examples).

How To Structure Your Answer

Okay, so you understand that you need to “tailor” your response to the company and position you are interviewing for by emphasizing the Qualities that they desire in their perfect candidate.

But how exactly do you do that for Tell Me About Yourself?

The best way to do it is to provide a Success Story that highlights the Quality that you are trying to demonstrate.

A Success Story is an example from your past work experience that clearly demonstrates you succeeding in some way.

For example, a time that you solved a problem, excelled in a difficult situation or used a certain skill to get the job done.

JEFF'S TIP:

You still need to be careful to answer the question.  Because the actual question isn't "Tell Me About A Time That You Were Successful."  So start out by giving a quick recap of your employment history and how that's led up to where you are now.  But then transition into your success story by saying something like "But the best way to emphasize who I am and what I'm about is reflected in this story...".

Tell Me About Yourself Sample Answer

For the purposes of this answer, let’s say that you’d done your company research and found out that the Quality the company puts a lot of value in is elevated customer service.

Okay so let’s get into an example answer:

Q:

"Tell Me About Yourself..."

A:

Well. I’ve been working for the past six years as a systems analyst and data manager. During that time I’ve been trained and certified on a number of different software platforms and systems.

Nice. You’re starting by answering the question directly, and keeping the answer business focused as well as targeted…and you’ve slipped in there that you’re trained on a variety of different programs which, depending on what they are, can make you an even more valuable candidate.

I'd really describe myself as a person with a versatile skill-set, a lot of integrity and a willingness to go the extra mile to satisfy a customer.  Perhaps the best way to let you know what I'm about is to share with you a quick experience I had.  

Recently while working at a location with a client, they mentioned that they had just purchased some software that I was familiar with but that their computer systems were having some difficulty integrating the program. I offered to take a look at the install and found that there was a step that had somehow been forgotten. I told him I would be happy to wipe the system and reinstall the software correctly. At first the client refused and when I asked him why, he told me that it was too expensive and that they were just going to learn to work around the problem. When I asked him further, he told me a different analyst had been in, looked at the problem, and told them that the files had corrupted their system overall and that it would take at least $25,000 to fix. When I told him it was a simple matter of wiping the previous version and reinstalling it, he was stunned. I did the whole project for a fraction of the cost the other “analyst” had quoted. My client was so happy he referred me to his friends and I’ve done similar work for several other companies in town as a result.

Excellent. You’ve highlighted the Quality (underlined) that the company puts a lot of value in, and used a Success Story from your past to support your claim that you have the quality. Time to bring it home…

Now I’m looking to take my career to the next level and move out of contract work into a full time employee for a company where I can be a part of a team, but also allows me to focus my energy on my best strength, working directly with customers. I’d like to build a long term career that lets me focus on professional growth.

And there you have it…the perfect wrap up. You’ve brought your little story back around to where you are now and what you hope to accomplish with this job. You’ve kept your stories not only professional, but focused and tailored to help reinforce what you’re ultimately trying to do.

 

But What If I Don’t Have Any Experience!?

But what if I don’t have a super awesome story like that? What if I’m still new-ish at this whole job thing and my stories aren’t as impressive?

Don’t worry!

Just because you don’t have a super awesome story like the one above doesn’t mean you aren’t still a super awesome individual able to bring both professional and personal skills to the table that would make any employer sit up and take notice.

Here’s the deal…

More often than not, the company cares more about your ability to fulfill their needs than it does about what you did for another company.

Sure, it helps that your Success Story refers to practical on-job experience, but if you don’t have that option you can draw from a different place.

For example, if you are a new graduate you can reference your academic achievements, athletic endeavors, charity and volunteer work.

If you had to work in any kind of group for any activity you can use these experiences as an example.

The fact of the matter is, the hiring manager has seen your resume and would not have brought you in if they didn’t think you had at least some potential to do the job.

So reach back into your past and find some Success Stories to help answer the question.

If you don’t have any experience and want a word-for-word sample answer then Click Here To Download Our “Tell Me About Yourself” Answer “Cheat Sheet”

Help! I’m Changing Industries and My Experience Doesn’t Apply

You might be saying this to yourself, but it really doesn’t matter if you didn’t work in the same industry you are applying to and here’s why…

Through your research of the company you will discover what the Qualities are that they put a lot of value in.  It could be leadership, it could be collaboration, or it could be literally any other Quality you come across.

The point is, once you discover what that Quality is, it will determine the Success Story that you pull from your past to help support it.

So whether it is from your last job, or a previous job, or not from a work scenario at all (as stated above; your academics, your athletics, etc.), the Success Story you choose is not always based on work experience.

It’s up to you to find your own Success Story that best supports the Quality they desire.

If you are changing industries and want a word-for-word sample answer then Click Here To Download Our “Tell Me About Yourself” Answer “Cheat Sheet”

Pulling It All Together

Ultimately your goal with how you answer this question is to get the interviewer to see you not as a potential candidate…but as a future employee. An interview is really just a long sales pitch.

You’re selling you and you want the company to buy!

Let’s go back to the first few paragraphs of this blog. People who talk only about themselves are boring. Luckily for us all, you’re not one of those people!

By following what we’ve shown you here, you can take the dreaded question “Tell me about yourself” and turn it into a solid moment within your interview where you can prove again that you’re not only a professional, but you’re perfect for the job!

 

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151 Comments

  • Raja

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  • Joyce Lamela

    Reply Reply August 17, 2015

    Thanks for sharing these valuable tips! Very useful to people who seem so lost and confused when ask about this type of question in a job interview.

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    Reply Reply August 25, 2015

    Thank you very much.

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  • cindy

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    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply September 9, 2015

      Glad we could help Cindy!

      • sally

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        very informative and helpful,thank you

  • Vijay

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    Thank you

  • rheem

    Reply Reply September 16, 2015

    i hope i was read this article before i did my interview ; now i know why they didn’t choose me 🙂

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  • Valeria

    Reply Reply September 23, 2015

    thanks for the lesson. Its real helpful

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply September 23, 2015

      You’re welcome Valeria!

  • Sandeep

    Reply Reply September 24, 2015

    Excellent tips! I wonder why it took me so long to find this on the internet. Need to improve my googling skills I guess. 😉

    Thanks Jeff and Mike. 🙂

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply September 25, 2015

      You’re welcome Sandeep!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply September 25, 2015

    hi sir! in my previous job, my manager told me that answering the “Tell me About Yourself.” question shouldn’t be answered by beginning with… “Well,….”. He said it sounds like you don’t have something good to say. After Reading your sample, i’m confused now.

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply September 26, 2015

      The beauty about job interviews is that every interview is different, and everyone has a different idea of what makes for a great interview.

      A lot of these things boil down to personal preference, and in this case, it sounds like your manager’s preference was for his interviewees not to start a response with “well”. He is not wrong and he is not right… it’s just his preference.

      I would say that this is not something you should worry about too much. A company is not hiring based on the first word you use in a sentence, rather, how you can add value to their company and ultimately complete the tasks associated with the position they are hiring for.

      • Roxanne M Jojola

        Reply Reply May 29, 2016

        Thank you for your feedback. This is very helpful.

  • Bytes

    Reply Reply September 30, 2015

    It really helps a lot. Thanks 🙂

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  • RD

    Reply Reply October 28, 2015

    Hi, this is a wonderful and insightful article. I’m scheduled for an interview tomorrow after being unemployed for 4 months now and this helps a lot.

    Thanks!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply October 28, 2015

      Thank you so much! Good luck on the interview!

  • Anonymous

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    Hits the bull’s eye! Well done.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply October 28, 2015

      Awesome, glad we could help!

  • Anonymous

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  • Mohammad

    Reply Reply November 12, 2015

    Thanks for the tips, I’ve got an interview today so this has really given me an insight on how to structure my answer, thanks again

  • Mac

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  • michael

    Reply Reply November 29, 2015

    Truly amazing tips! Puts you at ease as you prepare. Im ready! Thanks so much!

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    • Jeff

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      I’m so glad you liked it Parthvi! Good luck on your interview!

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  • Cornelius koby

    Reply Reply December 17, 2015

    Thanks very much for the lesson….

  • Pam

    Reply Reply December 18, 2015

    As a key decision maker in our hiring process, I wish all of our candidates would read your tips. Can’t tell you how many times people make the three most common mistakes you outline. They immediately go into the “B” category … only to be considered if a “real” contender turns down the job offer.

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply December 21, 2015

      Thanks Pam! We’re glad to hear that our teachings are respected by someone in your position. It’s great to know that we’re on the right track!

      Mike

  • upendo

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    It’s amazing article this gonna help me a lot!thanks so much

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 6, 2016

      Awesome! Good luck on your interview!

  • sheila

    Reply Reply January 9, 2016

    Jeff and Mike,
    Thank you very much. Your article helps me a lot and I am looking forward to be able to apply the things I learned. Hopefully, I will be able to sell myself as the best package for the job and like you said, “ultimately complete the tasks associated with the position I am applying for.” You give me added confidence and belief in myself.

    Mabuhay!!!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 11, 2016

      Great Sheila! Thank you so much. You have the exact right idea, good luck!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 14, 2016

    thanks!!!

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    Reply Reply January 14, 2016

    Thanks so much Jeff and Mike,, this is knowledge I now have forever and even teach others,, I never knew what’s might be needed in the question”Tell us about yourself.
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    am greatful becoz have been called to report on 18th/jan/2016.
    So I MUST say thank you #Jeff $ #Mike. I have been failling in many interviews just becoz I lucked knowledge on how to answer questions.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 14, 2016

      Amazing! Great news Lida… You clearly prepared well and aced your interview…congratulations!

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    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 14, 2016

      Thank you so much Kuri!

  • Lucy Soila

    Reply Reply January 17, 2016

    Wow great article am now ready for my first interview tomorrow. Thanks alot guys

  • Joey A.

    Reply Reply January 18, 2016

    so glad to have found you on the internet. now i am ready for my next interview. thanks so much !!!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 19, 2016

      I’m glad we could help! Good luck on your interview, go get em!

  • Molly

    Reply Reply January 26, 2016

    This is very useful for an upcoming interview I’m preparing for. Thanks for your insightful suggestions!

  • Oyetoke

    Reply Reply January 31, 2016

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  • FAITH

    Reply Reply February 4, 2016

    Thank you so much for this article…It helps me a lot. Now I have an idea on how to present myself during the interview, well, later is my final interview.^_^ Ajah..!

  • faith

    Reply Reply February 9, 2016

    what about if you don’t have experience?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply February 9, 2016

      Hi Faith, actually the “cheat sheet” that’s available on the page contains a sample answer for “tell me about yourself” when you have no experience.

  • bless

    Reply Reply February 9, 2016

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  • Anonymous

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    Thank you, I wish I could seen this post earlier. It really makes me think over and realize what I have done incorrectly in an interview.

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    Reply Reply February 16, 2016

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    • Jeff

      Reply Reply February 17, 2016

      Thanks a lot! Good luck on your interview.

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    Lucky you got the job

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    Reply Reply March 15, 2016

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    • Jeff

      Reply Reply March 15, 2016

      Good luck Abby!

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    • Jeff

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      Thanks for the kind words Vasu! Good luck on your interview..

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    • Jeff

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      No problem!

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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Thank you so much for your help!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      You’re welcome!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply April 9, 2016

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    • Jeff

      Reply Reply April 25, 2016

      Thanks Nellie!

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  • Thanks a lot for super information it make sense a lot I will use it today I have a interview

  • samer

    Reply Reply May 17, 2016

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  • James

    Reply Reply May 18, 2016

    Thanks for the guidance.It is really helpful. I attended an interview where I started with my professional experience . I added my own success story from my past experience and ended up focusing on career growth. The interviewer was pretty impressive with my answer. Thank you.
    The main key things for the question “Tell me about yourself ” is :
    1. Professional experience( Current situation)
    2.Education
    3. Success story
    4. Career growth

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply May 18, 2016

      Great work James! Here’s to hoping you get the job!

      Mike

  • Jafi

    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Awesome, great information. It was really helpful

  • gen

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    hi there !☺ I am planning to leave my job and I am struggling with the question why IAm leaving during interview and got lost when asked to tell me something about myself. After reading your blog it helps me a lot.Applying what I learned from you guys I know I will get that job that I want,not settling with anything less.

    Thank you guys!?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply May 27, 2016

      No problem Gen! Good luck!

  • Anusha

    Reply Reply May 27, 2016

    Really very helpful for the beginner’s as well as for experienced people. Thank you so much.

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply May 27, 2016

      No problemo Anusha! Good luck with your preparation!

      – M

  • Thumbiko

    Reply Reply June 1, 2016

    well ! the tips are well in order. i should be able to narrate something tangible in the interview room. thumbs up to the author.

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    Reply Reply June 6, 2016

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  • Rahul Motipalle

    Reply Reply June 9, 2016

    It’s an absolute beauty. Thanks a ton, IGuys.

  • Gelo Mariñas

    Reply Reply June 12, 2016

    This is helpful. Thank you

  • Peter

    Reply Reply June 14, 2016

    Many thanks for this great and far enriching discussion to this otherwise normally amorphous question. It has really given me a new insight and to be sincere, i have always been getting it wrong for so long

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 21, 2016

      Great to hear Peter!

  • Margaux

    Reply Reply June 18, 2016

    Thanks for the very helpful tips especially the seemingly simple but, ‘Tell us about yourself’ question. I have an interview next week after almost a year out of work. I just need to figure out how to answer why I left my last job.

  • jane

    Reply Reply June 22, 2016

    Very well explained, it helps me for my coming interview.Tnx

  • Jossy

    Reply Reply June 23, 2016

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  • Nena

    Reply Reply June 26, 2016

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  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply July 1, 2016

    Thanks for such a great article. Everything mentioned is very helpful because it breaks the situation down and answers the questions people have to help answer this tough interview question. Until today, I did not know what the question meant and now that I know I am sure I will have a successful interview today. Thanks again, keep inspiring and motivating others.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 19, 2016

      Thank you so much!

  • Adithya

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    The best site… gonna read all the articles.. impressed with this first one..

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 18, 2016

      Nice.

  • Lydia

    Reply Reply July 9, 2016

    full of insight.Thanks a lot.

  • Joel Matas

    Reply Reply July 12, 2016

    Very helpoful, Thank you very much! God Bless

  • Mugambi Brian

    Reply Reply July 16, 2016

    well articulated.This is just what i need.

  • Bhim

    Reply Reply July 17, 2016

    thanks a lot Mike.it is really helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply July 19, 2016

    thank you so much, God bless you

  • selowa tsepo

    Reply Reply July 20, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this tips with us,now I know what must do/don’t during the interview…..once again thanks

  • mahsa

    Reply Reply July 21, 2016

    so helpful!

  • Gabriel

    Reply Reply August 4, 2016

    Thanks lots guys… I am going for my first interview with one IT market leading companies today… Your posts have really helped me… I am off to the other links to spot Common Mistakes… Thank you, Jah bless

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply August 4, 2016

      Great to hear Gabriel! Let us know how it goes!

      – M

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 4, 2016

      Thanks Gabriel!

  • Mudassar

    Reply Reply August 6, 2016

    Thanks to Mike & Jeff, that was a really great start for me. This research of your’s have definitely made me confident.

  • Bhoomi Shah

    Reply Reply August 8, 2016

    Your articles are very helpful and I am glad people like you are working towards the requirements of people like me. Thank you so much! I am fresh graduate in USA and have previous work experience from India from 2007 to 2012. So should I talk about my success stories from my previous work exp which has a gap for 4 years or recent school projects experience should be used for success stories. Please help me!

    Thank you!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 10, 2016

      Hi Bhoomi,

      Do not be scared to use success stories from both experiences! I think using a mix from your work in India and your college experience here in the States is the perfect way to go. Just try and make sure the Success Stories show you excelling in different qualities that you know the company cares about…

  • Anita

    Reply Reply August 10, 2016

    This article really helped me realise the mistake i was making …thanks for such a wonderful post ..i have now prepared my answer for this question and feel confident to answer the next time to my interviewer

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply August 10, 2016

      Great to hear Anita! Best of luck with your job search.

      – M

  • paul

    Reply Reply August 11, 2016

    thank you very much. This is something called an expert opinion. I am going to prepare for an interview and this will help me to bring something different to their table.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 11, 2016

      Good luck Paul! Thanks for stopping by..

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply August 13, 2016

    Well like other, I have been so worried on how am going to face this one, thank God you’ve got my back for real, this information has given me a breathing space and it has indeed been so helpful. Thank you guys

    Kind regards
    Gerald from Uganda, East Africa

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 15, 2016

      Good luck Gerald!

  • Roland

    Reply Reply August 15, 2016

    Sorry for my incomplete previous post. I was using the smartphone and accidentally press send. As I was saying, We live in a politically World right now. And if you want specific answer then you need to ask specific question. The employer can gauge your honesty by checking your social media virtual life and compare it against your answer at the actual interview to make sure you are not a liar. What if they’ve found something they think is bad about you in the internet and you omit to mention that then the employer will find that you are hiding something. If that’s the case then they will find you a liar. Yes it’s not fair that employer will do this but let’s be honest you will probably do this too and me likewise. What if the person being interview is honest and excited to tell about that she’s a member of this and that and she didn’t get the Job probably because of that then that’s called prejudiced. Let’s be real here many people will probably not read this helpful page how to answer the blurry question “Tell me about yourself” question. Let’s stop this mind game question because some people just want to answer honest question with honest answer and that also reflect if the employer if they want honesty at all. I apologized if my English is not clear since it’s not my native language. Thank you.

  • Roland

    Reply Reply August 17, 2016

    Also I must say that I have encountered this question before on my 1st level of interview and I asked if the employer is asking about personal or Career related question and the employer didn’t have mind at all. In fact I was replied with a smile. The interview went well and everybody was happy. It’s the second level interview which was technical that I didn’t do good which was all about theory that I was not prepared. I say if the employers question is vague or not clear don’t be afraid to ask what do they mean specifically. After all you don’t want to guess what do they mean and so that you can produce with specific answer. After all everybody just want to be on the same page.

  • Lilly

    Reply Reply August 21, 2016

    Thank you for the valuable information.I really appreciate your help.I was not successful in many recent interview.Now I understand the issues.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 25, 2016

      Great to hear Lilly, good luck!

  • Paul anthony gupit

    Reply Reply August 23, 2016

    Now, with this Article i can easy manage my interview..the finally, I will become more confident than before…thanks

  • Jenny

    Reply Reply August 24, 2016

    Hi! I’m a current college graduate looking for my first salary job. I have had previous internship and work experience, but did not do so much extracurricular in which I can showcase my leadership skills. However, I have had so much leadership experience in high school. I have always wondered if it is okay to mention this because it was not so “recent” even if I feel like the skills I learned being captain of a team and holding vice president roles in high school have always stuck with me. Thank you so much!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 25, 2016

      Hi Jenny,

      It’s absolutely fine to use some of your high school leadership experiences as reference. Just make sure you use them sparingly and focus mainly on college, the internships and your work experience.

  • jeff

    Reply Reply August 25, 2016

    Godbless thank you !

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 25, 2016

      Thanks Jeff!

      ~ Jeff 😉

  • Iyah

    Reply Reply August 29, 2016

    Thank You For this Wonderful explanation and examples!!! I Hope I get hired tommorow right away!! Its my job Interview!! Wish me luck!! Thanks! 🙂

  • KEYURKUMAR RAVAL

    Reply Reply September 2, 2016

    Thanks alot for this wonderful article, I am feeling much confident to face my next interview.

  • Berry

    Reply Reply September 14, 2016

    This was great now I’m ready for my first interview. I feel more confident in getting hired.

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