Tell me about yourself

Illustration by [Scott Adams](
Illustration by Scott Adams

Answering that opening question in an interview can be terrifying.

Here is a simple approach to handle it that should only take about 1 minute.

Just tell them:

  • Stuff you did in the past that matches what they want in the future
  • And a story that demonstrates one of your good qualities

Don’t tell them:

  • Your life story
  • Anything about pets, travel, or hobbies

Writing it down first and practicing till it sounds natural is probably a good idea too.

Thanks to Salihan Laugesen for reading drafts of this.

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