Tell me about yourself: How to answer this difficult question.
The basic answer about where to start is with preparation. You'll have a better chance of impressing the interviewer if you think about this question before the interview.
WHAT TO TALK ABOUT
With that in mind, make a list of the three most important things you want the interviewer to know about you. Avoid focusing on simple references to things that are already on your resume, although this information should form the skeleton of your answer. Around this skeleton should be the meat of your answer; your less obvious, but important skills. Here are some of the skills that you might want to mention.
This doesn't mean that you just say, "I'm a great problem solver." Instead, explain how you used your problem-solving skills at your previous job.
Keep your answer short, about one to three minutes is generally considered good. That may not seem like much at first, but you'll probably discover that you don't have enough time once you start covering three things you want to highlight.
WHAT TO SAY
What you actually say, in terms of the words you use, is something that you have to decide. You need to create an answer that sounds natural and, at the same time, interesting.
The way to determine whether your answer is natural is simply by writing a first draft of the answer and then read it out loud. When you do this, you'll probably spot things that you have to change.
Don't worry too much about making the written answer perfect. You're not going to recite it from paper. Instead, this is just a chance for you to determine the length of your answer.
As you prepare your response, think about how you would talk. You'll want to sound interesting, not boring, so avoid writing just a list of your strengths.
Here are some final things to think about when answering the question "Tell me about yourself."
Mention major awards or accomplishments that relate to your career.
Promote your strengths, but do not mention any of your weaknesses.
Try to be funny if you can, but don't force it.
Summarize your career and education, but don't recite a list.
Don't start with your date of birth.
Avoid information that is not career-related. The fact that you own a dog won't get you a job.
Always answer this question.
Try to sound natural.