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"Tell me about yourself" is typically an ice-breaker question. One thing most people are comfortable is talking about themselves. As an interviewer, when I start the interview by asking a candidate - "Tell me about yourself", I am looking to accomplish two things.
- Make you feel comfortable and get over the first few minutes of any ackwardness or interveiw phobia
- Learn about what you have done and where you have been.
- Breath, get talking and get into the groove of the interview overcoming the initial jitters
- Make your 10 to 30 second sales pitch opening and talk about yourself as it relates to the job you are being interviewed for.
Here is what I would do if I were in your shoes. I would talk about what I did in the school I just graduated from, talk about the practical experience I had in my school projects, any memberships I had or groups I have participated in. And I will make sure that I keep the information RELEVANT to the position I am being interviewed for. If you have applied for a Telecom Engineer position, talking about any school telecom projects or if you have been the president of your college's Math club, that would be relevant. If you an MBA and have applied for Marketing position, mentioning about a marketing campaign you organized for your Business School's magazine would be relevant. I am sure you get the idea.
You can also talk about your passion (again, as it is relevant to the job you applied for). If you are passionate about motorcycles or cars, consider not mentioning that - unless you are interviewing for an automobile company or a car salesman position.
Hope this gives you a good picture. All the best with your job search and all the best for your future interviews.
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