Tell Me About Yourself – A Good Answer to This Interview Question


Hey, it’s Linda Raynier of Career Strategist, Speaker and Coach. And in this video, I’m going to teach you 3 tips in order to answer the “Tell me about yourself” interview question the right way, so that you can stand out in front of hiring managers and ideally, land more job offers. Now before we begin, there are a couple of ground rules you need to know before you can develop the perfect answer to this question. Rule #1: Do not talk about your personal or family life. When someone asks you, “tell me about yourself,” they’re not actually asking you to tell them about your personal life choices, and the mistakes that you’ve learned from, and how you got here as a human being. They’re not actually asking you to “tell them about yourself” they’re actually asking you to tell them about your qualifications, your experiences, as well as why you’re a good fit for this role. That’s it. They just want to know about your professional background and experience in a nutshell. Rule #2: Do tell a story. Even though I said, you shouldn’t be telling them about your LIFE story, you do want to tell them your professional work story. I’ll get into details about this a little later, but essentially, a good professional work story means, that it needs to be engaging, compelling, clear and complete. So, now that we’ve got the ground rules out of the way, let’s move onto our four major tips on how to answer the “tell me about yourself” interview question. Okay, so let’s start off with Tip #1. Tip #1 is to give a snapshot of your work history. So what this means is, you’re going to go back in time to the earliest professional job you’ve ever held and you’re going to start your story from there. So essentially, you’re going to describe what company you worked at, what title you held when you were in that position, how long you stayed in that position for, and, most importantly, what were your major responsibilities in that position. So for example, let’s just say that you started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst. Okay, let’s just make this up. Let’s just use another accounting example. You started off your career five years ago as a Financial Analyst and then you moved up to Senior Financial Analyst and now, you’re a Finance Manager. When you tell your story, you’re going to start off with your role as a financial analyst. And you’re going to say something along the lines of, So now you’re going to do that for each and every one of your positions. You’re essentially telling mini work snapshots for every position that you’ve held up to the current position that you’re holding right now. So after you’ve told the employer about the company you were at, the title that you held, the number of years you were there for and the major responsibilities that you had in that position, you’re then going to describe one major accomplishment that you were able to achieve in that role. So, I explained a lot about what accomplishments were in my previous video, “Resume Hacks – How to Make a Resume Stand Out” which is, in the link below. But at the same time, I’ll explain it here. An accomplishment is anytime where you have saved time, saved money, improved processes, improved profitability. Anything where you’ve done something that has resulted in a quantifiable, ideally quantifiable result for your company or your department. So, to add on to our example, you would say, So you’ll do both this tip #2 and tip #1 in conjunction with each other, for every single position that you’ve held. Now onto tip #3. Once you’ve gone through your entire story, and you’ve told the employer about your major roles as well as the accomplishments that you’ve achieved, it’s now time to acknowledge to the employer what you know they need for this particular position that they’re hiring for. So, to continue on our example, you’ll then say, The reason why this is so important and that so many people don’t do this is because what it does, psychologically, is that it tells the employer that not only are you aware of your abilities and your achievements but that you’re also aware of his or her needs as well and what they’re looking for. And when you can say something as simple as just simply acknowledging “I am aware that for this role you need someone with process improvements skills and abilities” it’s creating a connection with the employer it’s not you any longer talking at them, you’re talking to them. Finally, onto tip #4. This is the icing on the cake, it’s the cherry on top. And it’s the one thing that many, many people do not bother to say when they’re answering this or many other interview questions. And that is, to tell the employer to literally spoon feed them to maybe even brainwash them to understanding why you are the one and only and perfect fit for this position. So to add onto our example, you would say something like, You need to tell the employer why you’re the right fit for the job. If you don’t end off with this, It’s going to end off on a flat not. It’s not going to be a stellar response. It’s just going to sound like everybody else’s response But in this case, you are being very clear and specific. Even without them having asked you why you’re the right fit you’re literally just feeding it to them and telling them, I’m the right fit for the role. Above all else. So now you know how to answer one of the toughest interview questions, but do you know if your resume stands out enough that you’ll even land the interview in the first place? If not, feel free to download a free copy of my 10 ultimate resume hacks cheat sheet. Which is located down below, the link is right there. Feel free to click on it, enter your email and I will for sure send you a copy! If you liked this video then please give it a thumbs up, subscribe, share it with your friends. And thank you so much for watching I will see you in the next video.


  1. Interview Tell Me About Yourself – How to Answer the Tell Me About Yourself Question // Thank you for watching my video! Please tell me what YOUR favourite tip was? Leave your comments below!

  2. Tnx this tips sissy actually I explained about my HALL life when I interviewed before that's why maybe didn't me hired.

  3. What if you are 30 years old and never have had a job before due to psychological issues during your childhood and past youth, but recently got free from them and want to start things over, what do you tell them? Can you make that bad life experience seem useful in your line of work somehow?

  4. I got a job at Aldi Supermarket. I never had a interview for as im nervous. And this had made me feel a little more confident

  5. Interview could be completely subjective. Just saying something BRIEF but relevant such as your related skills, some interesting about your self, etc. Everything else depends on your luck! Research has shown that female supervisors are more subjective than male counter part…. Also depends on how many available positions. There are a lot of things out of your control….

  6. Every video I look at tell me the same exact thing but what if you don't have any job experience at all what do you supposed to say make something up

  7. Man… most of the time the employer it self is not professional, along with it employees. Regardless of how good your interview is; it will always come down to how you look, who you know, and how good of a brown nosier you can be… that the real word and is today’s really

  8. So "tell me about yourself" is actually just asking you to regurgitate all the information on your resume? All this time after doing countless of internship and job interviews I thought they were asking about me as a person and my personal qualities. Guess the human aspect of hiring is gone after all.

  9. As a teenager with no work experience and no accomplishments (don’t leave the house much) what is a good response to this question?

  10. the million dollar question is… "do i have any achievement to talk about?" Lol

    Am all about completing my shift and getting home to a nice hot dinner

  11. What I "love" about most of the career coaches out there is that every time they give an example of people who have 10 years of experience in a certain role or industry, have won 20 rewards etc. What about people who dont have many years of experience, or have no experience, or havent won any rewards? If I have the profile described by most of the career coaches in their examples trust me I will not need a career coach to tell me how to answer interview questions… most of these videos are obviously made for managers or CEOs with thousands of years of experience and millions of awards…. What you do here is just to make normal people without rewards for their job feel even more nervous and scared of the interview as they are thinking:" Oh, no…. what do I do now? I obviously need to be an expert with 20 years of experience to answer even a simple interview question …" I think it's very important to know your audience before making such a video and trust me your audience is not people that you describe in this video!

  12. Omgosh im so nervous! I have an interview at 1:10 at stufys (im 16) i hope god gives me this job please pray for me! I really need it

  13. You are wrong. Please email me I do uh old like to teach you e h.c as t really mean tell me about yourself. You have a very traditional answer.

  14. Why interview is so complicated, we are in engineering not to be taught how to handle this. why you guys at HRD making this working thing so difficult

  15. Amazing how u speak dear. How i wish i am as fluent and confident as u r.. as a new vlogger ill be more inspire to like u

  16. I have a group interview tomorrow and I'm so nervous and I'm naturally a quiet person so im worried i won't stand out 😟

  17. You are such a blessing to us. Thank you so much for the willingness to help those of us in need of this very important tips.

  18. Guyz. Malapit na mag 1M subscribers. Help nyo nman ako ma reach. Hehe.. Help ko din kayo..;) thank u so Much. 🙂

    Joke lang po yong 1M. Isa palang po ata subscriber ko. Pasubscribe nlng po please. Hehehe

  19. Hi Linda! You really have that CHARISMA thing, which helps us to enjoy your advice and tips without getting bored or irritated to the speaker. Thank you, your videos are helpful!

  20. Interviewer! Where will you see yourself after five years??
    Well, after five years I would be in the place of yours, cause I want to replace you at your position.

  21. Ok but I've had 5 positions since I started working, including internships and if I summarized each of them it would take ten minutes of a 30 minute interview… 🙁

  22. i think when an employer ask you to tell something about yourself, you should not discussed whats already on your resume, rather you focused on your traits, character, personality… hobbies etc, you should answered this question intellectually with this you will get their attention immediately…

  23. I said everything about me is written in the CV and I got the job. Now i ask people the same question and when they give me the same answer I dont give them job.

  24. At every job interview I’ve done I always talked about my hobbies! I feel so silly now but I always got the job?
    I’m going in for an interview tomorrow and I have no idea what I’m going to say when they ask “tell me about yourself” I don’t want to ask if they mean my hobbies or my past experiences or if I should just pick one?
    It’s a restaurant job and I’ve only worked at chuck e cheese and Micheals so there really isn’t much to tell them if I’m supposed to talk about my past job experiences?

  25. I have an interview early tomorrow morning for target & I’m so nervous. I have no work experience but I’m going to reference the clubs I’ve been in as how I’ve acquired skills. Don’t know if anyone will see this comment but I’ll update on how the interview went afterwards

  26. Linda, thank you for sharing this information. I have the confident to go into any interview an answer the question "Tell Me About Yourself". Many Thanks!

  27. have a nice day Linda ,this is Khairyah from KSA.
    thank you for sharing this information. I have the confident to go into any interview an answer the question "Tell Me About Yourself". Many Thanks!. its my pleasure to fallow you and watch all ur videos from now on.


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