Tell Me About Yourself – The PERFECT ANSWER to This Interview Question

Tell Me About Yourself – The PERFECT ANSWER to This Interview Question

“Tell me about yourself” – this is usually
the first question you will hear in an interview. Giving a good answer means that you will create
a strong, positive impression on the interviewer. In this video, I will give you a three-step
formula to give the perfect answer to this question every time. So let’s talk about it. So you go into the interview room, shake hands
with the interviewer (or interviewers, if there’s more than one person), and you sit
down. And then comes the question – “Tell me
about yourself.” How do you begin? Well, the best way to start your answer is
with a 1-sentence introduction. This sentence should summarize who you are. For example, if I were applying for a teaching
job, I would say “I am an English teacher and teacher trainer with 7 years’ experience
in the ESL industry.” ESL means English as a Second Language. Notice that this sentence tells you that I
am an English teacher, I’m also a teacher trainer (meaning that I train other teachers),
and that I have 7 years’ experience in the field. So it’s a good summary of me as the candidate
for the job. Now, if you just graduated from college, and
you’re applying for your first job, you can say: “I am a recent graduate with a
BBA in Operations Management” for example. So, this is the introduction. After this, you should say three to five sentences
about your achievements. These sentences should show why you are a
good fit for this job. This part is where you impress the interviewer. If I were a candidate, I would talk about
my successes as a teacher: I would say that I specialize in teaching business English
to professionals. I’d mention the fact that I have trained
executives from multinational corporations. I’d then say that the success of my training
programs have made these clients repeat customers – meaning that they have come back to my
company for more training. Finally I would mention that I do teacher
training, helping English teachers to deliver better lessons in their classrooms. These are my strong points. When you prepare your answer, think of three
to five points about your achievements. If you are a recent graduate, mention your
accomplishments in college (like your projects), and your other academic successes. Now, at this point, the interviewer must be
impressed with you. They will have gained a good deal of respect
for your skills. But, they might be thinking – well, you’ve
done all this and you sound like a real professional, but why do you want to come and work here
– in this company? So, your closing statement should be your
answer for why you want this job. And here, it’s never good to say “I hate
my boss” or “all my coworkers are plotting against me” or something else that’s negative
about your present job. Instead, if you’re changing jobs, you should
make it sound positive. I might say “I’m very happy in my current
job, but I’m looking for a more challenging role. One where I can use my skills in a managerial
position. That’s why I want this job.” Or, if I were a recent graduate, I would say
“I am looking for a job where I can put my education and skills to use, where I will
be challenged to grow and learn, and contribute to the success of the company.” And with this closing statement, you end your
answer. OK, now that you know the formula, let me
show you my complete answer as an example. Imagine that I’m applying to be a senior
English teacher at a language school. I go in for the interview, and the interviewer
says “Tell me about yourself”. Here’s my answer: I am an English teacher
and teacher trainer with 7 years’ experience in the ESL industry. I specialize in teaching business English
to professionals and have trained executives from a number of multinational corporations. My training programs for these companies have
focused on making their executives better communicators, particularly in working with
their overseas colleagues and customers. Thanks to the success of these programs, many
corporate clients have become repeat customers for the company I work for. Aside from teaching business English, I have
also delivered workshops for teachers, aiming to help them teach English with a more practical,
communicative, skills-based approach. Needless to say, I’m very happy in my current
job, it’s extremely fulfilling, but I’m looking for a more challenging managerial
role where I can apply my teaching expertise, and that’s why I’m here today. So remember the formula – start with a strong
introduction, then talk about 3-5 of your achievements, and finally, end with a statement
on why you want this job. Before we close this lesson, just a couple
of quick tips: When you answer this question, it’s not good to talk about your family
or your hobbies or other interests. Because all that information is not important
to the interviewer – he or she is only trying to decide whether you are a good candidate
for the job. And if they want to know about your personal
life, they can ask you later in the interview. Second, in some interviews, instead of the
question “tell me about yourself”, your interviewer might say “walk me through your
resume” or “walk me through your background”. This means the interviewer is asking you to
start with your first job or your education and then go through your experience, ending
with your current role. In that case, spend just a little bit of time
talking about each job, still focusing on your achievements, what difference you made
to the companies you worked for, and what skills you acquired there. Spend the most time talking about your accomplishments
in your current job (or your more recent educational qualification if you’re a recent graduate). Alright, remember that the key to giving the
perfect answer is to focus on your achievements, keep your answer relevant, speak naturally,
and conduct yourself like a professional. If you can do this, I’m sure you will be
very successful in your job search. If you have any questions at all, feel free
to ask me in the comments section below. If you liked this lesson, give it a thumbs
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  2. If interviewer asking about a topic than how would I say that…suppose the topic is global warming than pls tell me

  3. I have worked assistant professor, for the reason staff excess in that college so I relieved then I joined as Hr manager in company.. Now I want to go back in how to tell to the interviewer?

  4. Thank you sir Iam very happy to listen your video today. I'm from Bhadrachalam a rural area from Telangana.

  5. I know that iam good at english but I can't talk infront of others in english…what can I do please guide me…

  6. Sir thanks for your motivational speech. But I missed my job when I attended interview, because of I can't speak fluently and well. So give some guidance sir.

  7. Your videos are not only watch by a people who are searching for a job , here we are IELTS students as well . Even thought your video helping us too 🙏💝💝

  8. it's very interesting , your video. i'm really impressed by your talking and your teaching skills. I mean your videos are easy to follow and repeat after you and I learn many essential things. thank teacher.

  9. Hello sir, my name is praveen. I have just completed my in civil engineering. I want to become a english trainer like you. So, what would I do now???

  10. sir, if i am giving my interview to government jobs like upsc ,then their also i wouldn't add about my hobbies ?bt in many mock interview i have seen it.plz tell me

  11. Excellent fluency that you have ,,,sir…. Glad to watch your videos…. Would you please make a video on" Walk me through your resume"

  12. Could you please tell me, how to make a perfect Resume , in a better format, specifically, the "objective" part. It would be a great help

  13. Hello sir, I'm Sudheer and I love your videos, you've the best English speaking skills, having an accurate pronunciation 👍.. There's is a lot more to learn from you sir.. Blessed to have such an expert guiding many people.

  14. Hey there, this is awesome! I love the way you pick the topics and present it in short, sweet and straight to the point. God bless your initiative. I'm glad to be part of your channel as subscriber. Wishing lot to hear from you. Please let me know if you conduct any work shops near future. I will be glad to be a part of it.

  15. I still have to learn and learn more in English,,i say Thank to you for this video channel,,i have suscribed this channel,,May God Bless you for you innitiative to make this videos for English Lessons😊😄

  16. Sir In the point no. 2 u didn't mentioned about fresher and achievements haven't been made by a fresher then what to do …..??

  17. I'm a village boy, I have done it MBA . My mother tongue Telugu but learn English very hard .give me some fluently tips brother .😔
    It is very difficult to learn brother 😔

  18. Great Sir.. What if people have worked with multiple domains?? However, if am not wrong we can say like this as well— Start with our name, place of information, education in short, job experience if any and family details in short…

    My name is Vishwanath Reddy. I live in Yadagiri. I have done BSc in electronic and Diploma in hospitality management. I have 5 years of experience in cruise 🚢. I’m single 🎤

  19. Sir.I am a not a very strong communicator.because I completed my 10 the and 12th in Tamil medium.After that I completed my Bachelor's degree B.E Electronics and communication how to introduce myself in an interview.please give me some guidance sir

  20. Thank you very much sir. I have downloaded your videos a lot and subscribed.
    I learn them when I have free time.
    There are so many things to learn from you. No words to say… Thanks a lot sir.
    I'm from Sri Lanka.

  21. Hi Sir,
    Thank you for this video , you are my best teacher online..
    Sir, isn't necessary to say our full name and native to intrviewer initially.?
    As I have seen similar topic in YouTube of many others suggest the same..

  22. I wanted to bcm a newspresenter n im still a student so pls make a video for this profession that how could i/we present ourselves to the interviewer..pls😩

  23. Thank you for this video Sir. Please make a video for fresher's also. I'm a fresher to this field but I'm searching for teacher job also right now I'm pursuing my Teacher training courses please give me some ideas how to face an interview and how to talk. I'll get scared to talk in front of interviewer.

  24. Ganesh I really enjoy watching your videos! You are amazing!
    Keep up the good work! Greetings from Honduras!

  25. You can't imagine I don't know how to answer when someone asking me about tell us about your self BT now I understand sir when I got an interview am going to show them who am I

  26. Really helpful..
    Sir, please make videos on giving perfect answers to other interview questions.

  27. Last time I stood on the stage for my presentation, n that was my first ever I stood on stage in my mind I have know many how to speak but the moment I stood on stage firstly i said to the crowd Good time everyone instead of good afternoon everyone that was due to my nervousness" everyone stared me n laughed me so badly" so I didn't says a single words n came back to my seat by smiled😂

  28. Whenever I want to go for an interview I use to watch your videos regarding interviews and grammar part and it always helped me alot…stay blessed!!

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