“Tell me about yourself”
“Let’s walk through your resume”
You’ve almost certainly heard this phrase or some variant of it in a job interview. It’s one of the most important questions that recruiters use to inform their hiring decisions. It’s also the question that candidates stumble on the most.
Business Outsider reporters conducted an exclusive interview with a man who has held over three jobs- he opted to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. Let’s dive right into the Q&A below:
Business Outsider: How do you answer “tell me about yourself”?
Anonymous Man: Look, I’ll be honest, this is not an easy question to answer. It takes practice. You need to know what they’re looking for, and then tell them that thing.
When I was interviewing for my first job, and I’ve had over 3 at this point, I practiced for hours in the mirror before I could tell anyone about who I was. Who am I? I still don’t really know the answer to that question.
Business Outsider: What advice do you have for job hunters on how answer this question?
Anonymous Man: What’s with all the personal questions? If I told you about how I do it so well, then I would only be making my own life harder. How do you think I managed to get three jobs? I can keep my mouth shut, unlike most people.
Business Outsider: Are there any topics you should avoid bringing up when answering this questions?
Anonymous Man: There was a period of time where I was a major player in the South American heroine supply chain. Although I learned a lot about business and logistics through that experience, I don’t like to bring it up because I was only in the role for a couple months. Recruiters like to see that you’ve been at companies for long periods of time, and I don’t want to be labeled as a “job hopper”.