How to Master the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

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By Khadejah Stegall

Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and graduate of North Carolina A&T University

In almost every interview I have done, there was always a question in the form of "Tell me about yourself." Sometimes I told too much information, and sometimes I said too little. It is one of the most important questions to answer so the hiring manager can know more about you and if you are a match for the company.

If you want to master the "tell me about yourself" question, there are some important matters you need to think over.

Who are you and how are your values similar to the company's values?

Okay, so you don't have to talk about the street you grew up on or how many dogs you have. Give relevant information that the hiring manager wouldn't know. Maybe you ran a marathon while going through adversity in your life or won a chess competition. Accomplishments as such can show you have willpower and consistency. Study the values of the company and talk about those same values that you have.

What position are you applying for and what experience do you have to show you have the necessary skills for the role?

When you are telling someone about yourself, think about the relevant experience you have that applies to the job. There is no need to talk about job experience that is not pertinent to the role.

What's important to them?

Before any interview, try to research the person that will be interviewing you if possible or at least study the department that could be your future employer. What's important to you may not be what's important to the interviewer. They want to know what's in it for them.

How can I sell myself in less than a minute?

If you take too much time on this question, the interviewer can get lost, and all the information you gave them can go over his or her head. An excellent way to shorten this is to write out all of your skills and experience, then organize what's critical. Afterward, record yourself by looking in the mirror. It may sound a like a lot, but you will thank us later when you get the job!

These are important questions to ask yourself to master the "Tell me about yourself" question. It can either make or break your interview so make sure you set a good tone for the remainder of your interview!


 Khadejah Stegall is a mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com.