How to answer, “Tell me about yourself?”

When answering this question, my strategy is to visualize my resume. I start from the top with my name, what I do, and for me, since I am heavily educated and my industry is in education, I start with my education, followed by professional experience, then my interest, and lastly what I am looking for.

If you’ve noticed, there is a specific formula that I’m following:  start with the present, then the past, and then end it with the future in mind (Minshew, n.d.).

Tell me about yourself.

“I’m Dru Macasieb, I am a college business instructor. I consider myself well educated as  I have a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Linguistics. Professionally, I have been in post-secondary education for 7 years, taking on roles such as instructor to associate dean.  I’ve worked for both for-profit and non-profit private sectors and know the typical standards within the industry. Prior to education, I worked in retail management at the district manager level. Prior to that, I was in the U.S. Army serving 4 years with one year deployed to Afghanistan. Beyond my academic and professional background, my interest includes reading, specifically non-fiction books mostly about self-improvement and psychology and I am also fascinated with emerging technology such as robotics and emotional intelligence. I’m here because I want to share my knowledge and experience with an organization that is dedicated to helping others.”

What are some of your best practices for answering the question, “Tell me about yourself?” Leave them in the comments below.

 

References:

Minshew, K (n.d.). A simple formula for answering the “Tell me about yourself.” The Muse. Retrieved from https://www.themuse.com/advice/a-simple-formula-for-answering-tell-me-about-yourself

 

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Author: Dru Macasieb

Dru is currently business and general education instructor at a nonprofit, private college. He holds a B.A in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Linguistics, an MBA, an MA in Organizational Leadership, and is currently working on his BS in Mobile Application Development. He is fascinated with psychology, Artificial Intelligence, and is obsessed with self-help books and music festivals.

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  1. Thought I would share my – this is my introduction and my brand so people remember me: My name is Gary Rossi. I am currently the Director Career Services California College San Diego, a career College. I am also know as the ‘Triple Threat Coach” – Career Coach & Advisor; Baldrige Business Coach: and, Strength and Conditioning Coach who prepares young men and women to compete for a Navy SEAL Contract. Is there anything that I can elaborate on for you?

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