Okay so usually this is one of the first questions you hear when you enter the interview room. And although they do genuinely do want to know about you, they don’t need to know everything. They don’t need to know your favorite food, color, or what you had for lunch yesterday. They want to get to know you as a professional. You want to build a rapport and stand out as a candidate.
Have you ever heard of something called your intangibles? these are qualities that you posses that are not really skills. Before you go into an interview, you should think about which intangibles you possess. Are you empathetic? Friendly? Logical? Are you optimistic? Or are you short tempered? Impatient? Negative? Knowing which intangibles you possess and being prepared to talk about them will set you apart from other candidates.
In the Tell Me About Yourself phase you want to do just that. Talk briefly about your resume and experience. Make sure you are hitting the most relevant points of your resume, not the whole thing. Find a way to demonstrate those intangibles. And if nothing else, it’s okay to blatantly say, “I am reliable, optimistic, and empathetic. You also can talk about and core values you may have read abut the company. This is a great time to bring up any great accomplishments as well.
During this conversation you want to avoid topics that are irrelevant to the role. This is not the time to talk about your entire life story. Not the time for favorite foods, irrelevant hobbies, or your favorite episode of The Masked Singer. You also want to avoid any rabbit holes. This means yo don’t want to tell them a story that never ends.
Most likely, aside from the introduction and handshakes, this will be your first impression. Make sure you are confident, clear, and engaged. And remember, this is a conversation, not an interrogation. The conversation should flow. You should be professional and personable at the same time. The goal is to stand out in a positive way.
I am open to any questions you may have. Feel free to ask in the comment section. Others may have the same question as you , but could be too shy to ask. Good luck!