We have a simple and effective formula for structuring your response: present, past, future.
- Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and perhaps a big recent accomplishment.
- Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention previous experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.
- Future: Segue into what you’re looking to do next and why you’re interested in this gig (and a great fit for it, too).
This isn’t the only way to build your response, of course, and you can tweak it as you see fit. If there’s a particularly potent story about what brought you into this field, for example, you might decide to start with that “past” story and then get into what you’re doing in the present.
More Tips for Answering “Tell Me About Yourself”:
1. Tailor Your Answer to the Role and Company
2. Keep It Professional
3. But Inject Some Passion Into Your Answer (if You Feel Comfortable)
4. Be Succinct (and Definitely Don’t Recite Your Resume)
5. Practice (But Don’t Memorize)
6. Know Your Audience
7. Keep It Positive
8. Remember This Is Often Your First Impression, and It Matters