Two men sit across from each otehr at a desk during an interview

Guaranteed to appear in every. single. interview.

Tell me a little bit about yourself…

 

But how can you answer this question without going into your whole life history?

First, let’s talk about what not to do:

Uhhhh. Well. I was born on a humid Tuesday morning in a tiny little town you’ve probably never heard of. I’m a Gemini…

Employers aren’t looking for your biography. They want to know who you are in relation to the job you’re interviewing for. They want to hear about your interests and skills as it relates to the job at hand.

So what’s the best way to answer this?

MATH. Well… kinda. We like to use a “formula” to answer this question.

NOW+THEN+NEXT

Let’s break this formula down, shall we?

Now: Where are you now? Are you currently working? Are you a student?

Then: Before your current situation, what were you doing?

Next: You’re applying for this job for a reason. What are you hoping to get out of this job that you aren’t getting currently?

 

Here’s the formula in action:

“Right now, I’m a full-time student studying Marketing at University of the Internet. In the past, I’ve volunteered with local non-profits to help boost their social media presence and SEO as well as helped with marketing strategies. I’m learning so much from my studies, but I’m ready to put that knowledge into action. I’m looking for opportunities to grow and learn more about the industry.”

Short and sweet.

What’s nice about this formula is that you can change it up and still give a good answer. Say this is your first job right out of school, you can just make a slight change to the THEN portion of the formula and it still works:

“Well, at the moment, I’m a student attending Internet High, graduating in a few weeks. During my time there, I was part of the Beta club and worked on the yearbook as an editor. I learned so many marketing and communication skills and would like an opportunity to learn more about the industry.”

Here, you highlight your skills and interests as it applies to the job you want. Working on school projects and clubs STILL COUNTS!

 

Just keep in mind the formula (NOW+THEN+NEXT) and the needs of the job, and you’ll ace the question, no problem.