How to answer the

"Tell me about yourself"

interview question

Alternative ways of asking this question

  • Can you tell me a little about yourself?
  • How would you describe yourself?

Why would an interviewer ask you this question?

Sometimes interviewers are inundated with resumes and don’t have the time to read and memorize each one thoroughly before each interview. This is a change for you to provide a brief synopsis of what may be on your resume, but also what other skills you may have that are not listed in black-and-white. The interviewer is seeing how self-aware you are, along with identifying what your priorities are in life.

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