“Tell me a bit about yourself”
You may have been in a situation where you have been by an employer to tell them “A little bit about yourself” or what “your current job situation is”. Here's how to answer.
You may have been in a situation where you have been by an employer to tell them “A little bit about yourself” or what “your current job situation is”. This is an open-ended question and gives you the opportunity to tell the employer anything you think is relevant to the job you are applying for! For some, it can leave the mind racing and you might not be sure where to start or what to say. Since this question is asked in almost every interview, it’s important to know what you are going to say before you have the interview.
They are not asking…
- About your hobbies
- For your life story from birth
- For a list of every job, you have ever had in your life
They are asking…
- You to give a short, relevant
summary of yourself and your relevant skills as they relate to this position
- To let them know your skills, experience and work style but keep it less than a few minutes
- How your skills and experience will benefit the organisation
To break this answer down into manageable chunks it can be put into three distinct sections:
(1) I’m a…
If you already have a strong work history or have a particular skill that represents what you can bring to the business, you should start with this section (if you don’t then just skip to the next section). “I’m an experienced Senior Project Manager with specialist experience in large-scale commercial and industrial builds.”
(2) Currently I…
You should go into detail about your current or last position – using actual figures here will be effective in communicating your success in your current or last position. For example, “I currently work for a leading project management consultancy and am the Senior Project Manager with a large portfolio of projects ranging from $5 million to $30 million. I am known for my attention to detail and my ability to see the bigger picture to effectively manage a project from ideation to completion.”
(3) But previously I have…
Touch on your previous work experience by highlighting some of your previous work positions. For example, “before my current engagement, I have managed projects and worked on both client and contractor side, the most recent being with ABC where I was the key point of contact for clients and contractors. I finished the project within budget with no major complications.”
(4) Now I’m looking into…
Say why you are looking to find a new opportunity or why you are interested in the role. It’s important to identify what is motivating yourself to seek a new opportunity and the reason isn’t simply, “because I want to find a new job.” For example, “I am now looking for a new project to challenge my project management methodologies. I feel my experience in both industrial and commercial construction will allow me to excel in the projects at hand and further help the organisation to succeed.
Reference the skills they have outlined in the Job Description and try to link them to your own skillset. Respond to this well and it can leave a lasting impression for the rest of the interview. Prepare to succeed!