It’s perhaps the most universally dreaded interview question. “Why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?” If anyone knows who you are, it’s well, you. Still, it’s essential to strike the right tone when tackling this question. You can’t brag too much, but you also don’t want to downplay the value you have to offer as an employee.
Customize these templates and practice reciting them so you’ll be ready to talk about yourself in a clear, engaging way. You can also use the templates to help you answer written questions in response to an online application or screening interview.
Grab-and-go Templates to Answer the "Tell me about yourself" Interview Question
1 - Applying for Your First Job as a New College or University Graduate
2 - Transitioning from One Industry to Another
3 - Looking for Work after a LayOff
4 - Applying for a Position in a New Specialization
5 - Addressing Why You've Held Many Jobs
6 - Applying for a Job with a Management Background
7 - Applying for a Company Job as an Independent Contractor
8 - Returning to Work After a Maternity or Paternity Leave
9 - Returning to Work after a Sabbatical
10 - Looking for Work After Working on a Personal Project
11 - Applying for a Job After Winding Down a Business Project
12 - Applying for a New Position As Long Time Employee at the Same Job
13 - Seeking a Job with a New Job Title
14 - Applying for a Position After Relocating for Personal Reasons
15 - Seeking Work After Immigrating to another country
16 - Transitioning from Research or Academia to Tech Career
17 - Finding a New Position as an Older Adult
18 - Finding a Position After Returning to College to Change Careers
Go on, tell them all about yourself
Much like an elevator speech, you should be prepared to answer this question on the fly. It can come in handy when you’re networking, both personally and professionally.
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