Team IIBP Anveshan, Issue 25, Volume 3

These four little words can be the trickiest, piece of a prospective interview or a meeting. So basic, yet so stacked.

On the off chance that you Google the expression, you’ll find an endless rundown of tips and deceives for this question alone. Some jobseekers pack for interviews like they’re exams, pre-arranging the “right” replies to previsoned questions, which is the main reason why I came up with this article on How to answer the previsioned interview question “Tell Me About Yourself” – Do’s and Don’t.

Now coming to how in the world to accurately respond to this feared question during the interview. As an interviewee, you might have taken advises or even classes on the best way to answer the “enlighten me concerning yourself” question. Or on the other hand perhaps you haven’t, however you’re totally qualified.

The Do’s

Do you need to play the game? Decipher the code? Remember a content?

The answer is, everything relies upon the interviewer and Hr. Some might like the “simply act naturally” approach, others need to see that you’ve arranged vigorously for the interview. While there may not be a one-size-fits-all response, overall you ought to zero in on these three places:

  • Present — What you currently do
  • Past — How did you get to this point
  • Future — What made you want to apply for this job

This is nearly the essence to answering the question, keep it significant. For example, In the event that you’re right now a Counselor applying to be a Psychologist, you don’t have to discuss how you turned into a Counselor, but how and why you chose to become a psychologist by procuring a Masters Degree.

The Don’t

The question definitely is an open ended one and you might feel that you can talk about anything and everything, but You presumably shouldn’t. Truth be told, there are a few things you ought to stay away from regardless:

  • Discussing your family

It’s too early and it’s data that the recruiters need not know. They’re not required to know, for instance, whether you or your partner are anticipating a child. Try not to chip in such data. The equivalent goes for origination, religion, orientation, personality or conjugal status. Example “I was brought up here in Mumbai, learned at the School of Business, and my better half and I just purchased a house to raise our twins” sounds sufficiently blameless, however just a single piece of it — the school you joined in — is significant.

2.Essentially Reiterating what’s already on your resume

Assuming you’re sitting in the interview room, your resume has been shortlisted. And keeping in mind that you can’t be 100 percent sure that the individual interviewing you has understood it, presenting your schooling and work experience won’t cut it. That is the part they definitely know which is why they shortlisted you, don’t talk about it unless you are being specifically asked about details that are already mentioned in your resume.

3.Talking excessively

“Tell me about yourself” might be ambiguous, yet the thing they are not doing is asking you your biography. A few specialists prescribe holding your routine to five minutes; some suggest around two minutes, others say you ought to hold it under 30 seconds. The perfect balance is most likely somewhere close to 30 and 90 seconds. Please don’t keep talking, it is just a question and not an essay competition.

4.Duplicating a reply from the Internet

The “great” replies to the “Tell me about yourself” question you can find on the web ought not be utilized as layouts where you drop your expertise into redoing it. You won’t dazzle anybody presenting a conventional response that is (or ought to be) implied as a general aide of what focuses to hit. These responses are feeling the loss of the main piece of the response: which is the real you. A repetition answer won’t show your character. Rather than “I’m enthusiastic about mastering new abilities,” add a fast private tale. Like you communicating your insight about the organization you’re applying for.


Eventually, one of the greatest ways of enlightening your interviewer regarding yourself isn’t with an ideal response to “Tell me about yourself,” but to actually educate them about your curiosity regarding the job that you are applying for. Also it is not just about what you say but about how you say. Present yourself well and keep in mind the above mentioned do’s and don’t.

Some Examples Of how you can frame the answer;

“I graduated with my degree in Economics two months ago. I chose that field of study because I’ve always been interested in finance and money, and a couple of family members told me it leads to great career options, too. Which is also why I applied to this job as I see this as the best opportunity to explore the field”

“I graduated with a degree in Engineering two months ago. I chose that field of study because I’ve always been interested in math and physics, and a couple of family members told me it leads to great career options. One of my key accomplishments during my academic career was speaking at a conference on the topic of energy- efficient window design, based on research I had done for one of my senior-level classes. This led to an internship that I just wrapped up, so I’m actively looking for a full-time position now.”

About the author:

Srisha is experienced in imparting group/individual coaching, end to end recruitment, taking counseling sessions & mentoring people by developing positive practices, and offering general guidance as well as in-depth training.

She is well trained with expertise in providing psychosocial support, offering io/business psychology consultation, and dealing with psychological well being related areas including but not limited to Stress, Anxiety, Burnout, Work-life Balance, Goal Setting, Motivation, Relationships, and other non-clinical issues and

Has mentored and trained 250+ professionals & students in the said area.