She notes that “many candidates, unprepared for the question, skewer themselves by rambling, recapping their life story, delving into ancient work history or personal matters.” She recommends starting with your most recent employment and explaining why you are well qualified for the position.According to Fox, the key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for.The written word is also different from the spoken word.So talking through your answer will help you sound natural.You never see a movie preview for an animated flick when you’re there to see a slasher movie.So the ‘tell me about yourself” answer needs to directly fit the concerns of your prospective employer.” Previews are also short but show clips of the movie that people would want to see more of later.
If you are being interviewed by professional peers, you may need to choose some words to show you understand the technical terms important to your industry. The first time you talk it through you may feel awkward.
I tell the interviewer what I do in one sentence and then say, ‘And I also happen to be the Guinness Book of World Records’ fastest-talking female.’ Then I elaborate.” According to Capo, the main thing in anything you do is to be memorable, in a good way.
Your goal when you answer the ‘tell me about yourself’ question is to find a way stand out from everyone else.
When I was a human resources executive doing hiring interviews, I almost always began my interviews with candidates by requesting, “Tell me about yourself.” I did that for a number of reasons, the most important of which was to see how the candidates handled themselves in an unstructured situation.
I wanted to see how articulate they were, how confident they were and generally what type of impression they would make on the people with whom they came into contact on the job.