No matter what position you’ve applied for, most interviewers start with this question. And it’s the one that sets the stage for the rest of the interview. Before answering this question remember that the hiring manager has your resume in front of him, so he already knows a lot about you. The interviewer is looking for a pitch, giving you an opportunity to show why you are the best suitable for this profession.
Keep in mind a position you’ve applied for and answer accordingly. Use present, past, and future formula, starting off with your current role and highlighting two to three major achievements that are related to the job you are being interviewed for.
You can also briefly talk about your previous experience and how it makes you the ideal candidate for this job. Tailor your answer to fit the job description and the company, making it clear that your goals and that of the company are the same.
The key is to be professional and not go on and on about your personal interests and hobbies. Bring passion into your answer by telling what you love about this role and the responsibilities it brings. Remember this is your first impression and how you answer it can lend an easy flow to the entire meeting.
Here are some “Tell me something about yourself” sample answers that can help you get started.
“Well, currently I’m a senior account executive at Publicis, where I manage one of our oldest and top-performing clients. Before that, I worked at an agency where I handled two major brands. I really enjoyed working in these agencies and the exposure they gave me, but at this point in my career, I’m looking to dig in much deeper. I want to use my experience not just for career growth but also to take on more challenges, which is why this position excites me.”
“I have been working as a business systems analyst for the past six years and have been part of multiple training programs and certifications for software platforms and systems. I can describe myself as a versatile person with various skills-set and integrity, and a willingness to go the extra mile to satisfy the customer. Recently I helped a reluctant client upgrade their computer system at a cost that was almost half to what another analyst had quoted. The client was so happy that they referred me to other companies as well. Now, I am looking to take my career forward and be a part of a big team that allows me to grow professionally.”