A hiring manager is trying to get a feel for what you can bring to the company. When they ask you to tell them about yourself, they don’t necessarily want to hear your life story. They want to know what you can bring to the table. They want to understand how you will be a good fit at the company. This question gives the interviewer insight into your personality. You want to make sure to tell them enough information without it feeling like you’re oversharing.
Points to Emphasize
You want to share qualifications that will make you a good fit for the job in a personal way.
- Talking about hobbies, interests and how you spend your spare time can help you develop a personal rapport with the hiring manager.
- Share hobbies that use skills important to the job like reading, golfing or playing tennis.
- Talk about past times that show your commitment like volunteering, chairing some sort of social club or participating in fundraising activities.
- Emphasize some of your key professional skills that will help you add value to the position and company.
Keep this answer positive and concise.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Since this is an interview, you don’t want to get too personal.
- Steer clear of talking about politics or religion.
- Do not discuss spouses, partners, children or any other personal information that won’t add to your ability to do the job well.
- Try to keep away from topics that might cause concern about your character, productivity or work ethic.
- Try not to give too much information because that will just cause an overload.
The interviewer is looking for an honest answer that will give them insight into you as a worker.
Here is an example of what an answer to this question might look like:
I have worked in the technology industry for the past four years. I became really interested in working in this field because of my love for computers and other technologies like that. I really enjoy fixing old computers up, solving puzzles and reading, which all goes hand in hand with what I would be doing here. I also love this industry because it gives me a chance to connect with customers and my coworkers. I volunteer a lot in my spare time. It gives me another chance outside of work to help people. That’s another thing I really love about this work; the chance to help people.
Mixing personal information with qualities that make you a strong candidate for the job is a great way to answer this question. Remember to not give information that is strictly personal.