Tell Me About Yourself Sample Answer for Fresh Graduate & Career Changers

Tell Me About Yourself Sample Answer for Fresh Graduate & Career Changers

October 13, 2019 6 By Stanley Isaacs


– Hey everyone, this is
Self Made Millennial, I’m Madeline Mann. Today you’ll the template and examples of how to answer the interview question that won’t seem to freaking
die, “Tell me about yourself.” I’m telling you right now, everyone will ask you this question. It might drive you a little mad. The reason is they did not
prepare for the interview. They didn’t read the notes that I hope exist from the previous interviews and they’re buying some time to review your resume while
you’re sitting there. So here’s how to answer this. I’ll give you the formula and then we will launch into a sweet example. Part one: Who You Are. So give a one sentence introduction of who you are professionally. Which, this is often the
title of your current role, or it could be more of
an overarching statement of the kind of professional you are. So if your previous role is not totally in line with the
role you’re going for, then come up with a throughline. By throughline, I mean find
something that’s in common with your previous experience to the type of role you’re aiming at now. So if you’re going from
sales to customer success, say “Three years experience
in customer facing roles.” Customer facing is the throughline. Part two: What I call your highlight reel. Quickly highlight two to four
points that make you stand out based on the role you’re interviewing for. I feel like it’s more natural to focus on things in reverse
chronological order. So most recent experience first, and then touch lightly
on a couple of things that predate that experience. Part three: Why you are here. Bring it around to the
company and tell them why you want them to be
a part of your story. Write up your answer to
this and think about it like a quick little summary
that goes on the back of a book. You know, a little sneak preview. The wrong way to answer
this is when people explain like every single
chapter of their life book. No! Keep it snappy. This answer is merely
to get them interested to open the book of your life. Let’s see what this all looks
like in action, shall we? Here’s an example. I’ve been in the renewable
energy industry for seven years, and I’m currently the customer success manager at ABC Company. I was promoted to this
role within two years of being at the company
because I developed new processes from scratch
that allowed our team to work much more efficiently. That’s what I love to do. I love to find inefficiencies
and build solutions. Prior, I worked at DEF
Company, which is where I dealt with high volume of requests, and I also got experience
doing white glove support for our elite customers. And your company in this
role caught my attention, because what you’re building
in the renewable energy space is exactly in line with my
passion and my expertise. And with my range of experience I see this as a chance for me to
make an impact quickly, but also I see this as a major
opportunity for my growth due to the scaling team. How long was that? Maybe a minute? That’s all you need folks! I’ve seen people take fifteen minutes to answer this question, and
that can really screw you over because then the interviewer can’t ask the rest of their questions
in the allotted time. The next video for you to watch is how to answer the question, “What
is your greatest weakness?” Now we know this question
comes up in interviews a lot. And it’s very easy to incriminate yourself but the formula I set up
actually makes you come across as a very high value candidate. So do not go to your next interview without watching that video first. I have a free worksheet that
goes along with this video. I will like it in the description. And make sure you hit a like
on this video and subscribe. Thanks so much, everyone. WiFi high five! (slaps own hand)