HOW TO ANSWER: “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF” DURING AN INTERVIEW

By Laura Okoro– HR Consultant

As job seekers, it is a joyful thing to be called for an interview. Another step is to prove to the interviewer(s) that you are the right person for the post you applied for.

It is good to practice interview questions, but it is very important to answer the question “Tell me about yourself” intelligently. This is something that most, if not 99% of employers/interviewers ask. This is because they want to know more about you than your CV portrays.

Here are some steps for guidance;

  • Start with a short introduction about yourself (name, educational qualifications, job experience)
  • Talk about qualities that make you the best person for the job
  • Tell them why you are interested in the job
  • Make sure you speak confidently.

For example;
My name is Laura Okoro. I graduated from Abia State University, Uturu with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After my NYSC, I gained employment with AGZ Nigeria Ltd as a Customer Representative. I have worked with them for 3 years. In my current workplace, I am responsible for building good relationships with existing and prospective clients. I did this by attending to enquiries in a professional manner and following up with them consistently on previous matters discussed. I was commended by my boss for my excellent skills in communication and relationship management. I am passionate about customer service, and assure you that I am the best fit for this position. Thank you.

All the best in your upcoming interviews!

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