Tell Me About Yourself

The Most Common Interview Question

Perhaps one of the most commonly asked interview questions, "Tell me about yourself" sets the tone for the rest of the interview.

So it's important to know how you should approach this question and what potential employers want to hear.

Preparing for this question in an interview is the first step to increasing your confidence and reducing anxiety so you have the best shot at getting hired.

Part 1: Article, Questions, Script

Read the article Prep for the "Tell Me About Yourself" Question and answer the reading questions below

Write a "Tell Me About Yourself" Script

Write a paragraph covering the following in the same Word doc above:

  1. Begin by talking about past experiences and proven success
  2. Next, mention your strengths and abilities
  3. Conclude with a statement about your current situation

Upload your doc to the Synergy dropbox

Part 2: Practice x 3

With a partner or using a mirror, answer the question as if you are in an interview – "Tell me about yourself."


Role Play

With a different partner, assume the role of a manager interviewing a potential employee.

  1. Shake hands, look each other in the eye, and introduce yourselves
  2. Sit face-to-face (across from each other)
  3. Sit up straight, don't fidget, or play with your hands or hair
  4. Manager says: "Mr. (fill in the black here), tell me about yourself."
  5. Potential employee answers
  6. MANAGER – critique your partner's performance
    • Tell him/her at least ONE positive thing you observed
    • Tell him/her at least ONE thing he/she could work on
  7. Switch roles when finished

Part 3: Tell Me About Yourself Video

Record a video of yourself answering the "tell me about yourself" question.

Email Sinks – – your MP4 video as an attachment