The best way to answer “Tell me about yourself”

The best way to answer “Tell me about yourself”

“Tell me about yourself.”

It’s one of the most common and deceptively difficult job interview questions. Hiring managers also use this question to evaluate your confidence and get a pulse on your goals and priorities.

Your response to this question should be like a mini elevator pitch highlighting one of your strengths, a relevant past experience and why you’re excited about this job.

William Vanderbloemen, the CEO who’s done over 30.000 job interviews, says “When I ask candidates to tell me about themselves, I’m looking for self-awareness.”

For example, if you’re interviewing for a job as a software developer at a growing tech startup, you might say:

“At this point in my career, I’ve learned that I really enjoy working in fast, agile environments. I can’t stand sitting still and doing the same thing every day, even outside of work, I’m always eager to pick up new hobbies. One thing I love about your company is that you are in a phase of hockey-stick-level growth right now. I’m excited to contribute to this growth, adapt on the fly and support other teams’ work however I can.”