Do you hate the interview question “tell me about yourself?” You’re not alone.

Most people find this question difficult to answer.  When asked the this question, you want to consider what the interviewer is really asking:

Tell me about your Professional self or How do you handle yourself in a professional environment?

By asking this question, the interviewer will get a feel for some of your soft skills and can begin to determine if you area good fit with their company culture and your potential coworkers/customers.  So what is the best way to answer the question?

The Wrong Response

The worst way you can answer the question is to say, “What do you want to know?” This shows an interviewer you are unprepared for the interview and most likely the job. The second worse answer is, ‘I was born in Houston, moved to Dallas when I was ten…” Don’t mistake this question as the interviewer wanting to know who you are as a person.

The Right Response

Focus on what would interest the interviewer. Take this opportunity to describe yourself in a positive way by highlighting your strengths and acomplishments. Allow yourself the time to develop a good answer and practice it PRIOR to the interview, so you are able to deliver with ease and confidence. The interviewer will be listening for skills that line up with the job and personality traits that fit with the company culture.