You're in an interview for your dream job.

First question: "Tell me about yourself."

Can you remember the name of your high school? Are you frozen completely?

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Present, Past, Future

It helps to have a structure to your answer. Explain:

  • your current role or project

  • what experiences led you to that role

  • how you see yourself succeeding in a future role with your interviewer

Byte Author Uploaded Image(Don't say this. If you're currently unemployed, talk about volunteer projects or something you're learning.)

Quiz

Which would be a good way to start your answer?

I'm currently rebuilding a website...

I have 3 cats and 2 dogs....

I took IB courses in high school...

I like to camp, travel, and read...

Customize Your Response

Draft a new answer to this question for each interview. Show you understand the company culture and how you can help achieve their goals by leveraging your skills and experience.

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Quiz

What resources could help you customize your response?

The company's social media accounts

Reaching out to employees on LinkedIn

The company's website

All of these

Keep It Short!

Keep your answer about 30 to 90 seconds long. Remember, your interviewer is learning if you're someone they'd enjoy working with. Practicing your response will help you keep it tight.

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Summary

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Prepping for an interview? Take some time to put your "Tell Me About Yourself" answer together!

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Kate Zeis

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