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How to Answer the interview question "Tell me about yourself."

In support of  my book, Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions, here is how to answer what is often the first question asked during an interview:

Tell me about yourself.

Why this question is being asked: The Interviewer would like to know about the professional you and understand your qualifications for the job.

Strategy: Focus on the professional you. The interviewer does not want to know about where you took your last vacation or what your favorite pastime is. Provide an introduction to your relevant experience, education, skills and knowledge that will be discussed more in-depth over the course of the interview.

Sample answer: I am a Public Accountant with ten years of experience in the field. I recently received my CPA. For the last 6 years, I’ve worked for Smithson Auditors in a senior capacity. Prior to that, I worked for Jacoby Accounting. Supervisors have described me as a quick learner and a great team player.

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