Tell me about yourself - How to introduce yourself?

What is the big deal about this very simple question?
Let’s find out.

tell me about yourself - interview question

About 80% of the interviews start with this question. It is important to get it right because how you answer this question decides the kind of first impression you make. Surveys reveal that most of the interviewers decide whether to hire a candidate or not, in the first few minutes of an interview. We have also discussed the importance of this question in this article 15 Job interview tips for college studentsThis article will help you understand how to answer it in the best possible way.

When this question is asked, people tend to start casually talking about themselves, which sometimes, may not even add any value to the interview process. The interviewers, however, are trying to evaluate whether the candidate is qualified to be hired or not.

How bad can it go if you are not prepared?

Let us see an example.

John, a deserving candidate, possesses all the qualifications and domain knowledge required for a position he has applied. When he goes for the interview, "Tell me about yourself" is the first question he is encountered with. But guess what, John was not prepared for it because all he had prepared were technical questions. So he panics a little. He starts talking about random stuff about himself. The interviewer, not quite impressed by John's answer, interrupts him and moves to the next question. You can see that with his casual approach, John has compromised with his chance of getting hired.

On the other hand, a well-prepared candidate can take it as an opportunity to prove his worth for the organization. And that is where the research which you have done about the company helps you. You have to demonstrate the qualities and skills possessed by you, which the company is looking for. Read more about doing research about the company you are interviewing for.

What are the points to keep in mind?

Keep it short

Keep your answer short and to the point. Otherwise, you might be interrupted. If the interviewer pauses for a while after you finish your answer, wait for the next question. It doesn’t mean that you have to keep on talking to fill the silence.

Make it sound like a conversation

It should not look like you have memorized the answer. Speak in a natural way like you are having a normal conversation.  Think and then speak. Mugged up answers are not going to help.

Research the company

Try to find out as much as you can, about the company, such as the work culture, the kind of work it does and the skills required. Read the job description. It will tell you the skills which the company is looking for.

Be honest

You don’t have to lie to create a good impression. Remember that the interviewers are experienced in their field and they find out if you are lying. So be honest with them. Honesty and integrity are the qualities which are always preferred.

Okay. Let’s see how to do it.

  • Start with your introduction (your name and the place you are from).
  • Then you can talk about your academics i.e. educational qualifications, degrees, training, and projects (starting from the highest and moving in descending order). Try to focus on the skills required for the role/position.
  • Then you can mention your achievements and extracurricular activities, including technical as well as non-technical areas.
  • Highlight your strengths. You can bring up any specific personal attribute, not listed in your resume or things that you are good at, and want the interviewer to probe more about.
  • Finally, you can finish the answer by discussing your hobbies and areas of interest.
Keeping the above points you will be able to answer the question in the best possible way and make a good first impression. I hope it helps you in your preparation.

All the best!

Comment below and tell us about how you like to answer this question.


  1. Good morning, Actually today is my great opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Vidyakanta I was 10 and 12 standard passed from IPS and ISOR respectively And Now I am studying BBA third Year at Vels university.

    Actually I want to apply this job opportunity because I want to share my knowledge and technique of my professional Studies.

    And I want to improve my work performance. So, Your job platform is my right place to show my knowledge technique. Thank Q,

  2. Very well answered.... great info..

  3. Good enough to refer before attending interview.

    1. Glad to help. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. better suggestions for interviews its better if there are more examples

    1. I'm glad that you liked the example.
      Will try to add more.


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