So, tell me about yourself

So, tell me about yourself

“So, Michael, tell me about yourself.” It’s not a trick question, but if you’re interviewing for a job, you want to be thoughtful about how you answer it.

Most people freeze when they hear this question in an interview. Or they get nervous and overshare, starting with the very beginning and progressing year by year through the documentary film reel of their life.”

The real key to answering this generic question is to make it specific to the company you’re interviewing with. If you’ve done your research and you know what they look for in an employee — and more specifically, for this role — you’re more likely to answer the question in a way that will capture the interviewer’s attention.

The first clue is probably right there in the job description. Look for key phrases like “must have” and “what we’re looking for.”

Of course, you don’t want to blurt out the answers verbatim: “I have strong computer and communication skills!” But find ways to tell the story of how you do. And practicing in advance is always a great idea.

Yes, you want to be authentic and sincere in an interview. But when you’re nervous, it’s also a good idea to have some memorized bullet points to fall back on.

By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific