Dear HR Experts /all cite member
i want to 9 something from all of u dat in an interview first question is
it seems very simple but a difficult question.
so how can we start answering this Q., means what should we add in this?
on this site i read many things about this Q, but nothing is satisfactory.
if we can't start by telling our should we manage this Q.
waiting for your reply.
Thank you

From India, Delhi
Hi Annu,
The following points are appropriate for the question " Tell me something about yourself"
1. Your qualifications, right from degree and where you studied.
2. your present job status
3. your work history prior to present job.
4. your core competency.
5. How you feel that your are fit for the opening to which
you are appearing for interview
6. A brief note of your parents,brothers and sisters their job,etc.
(if you are fresher delete point No.2 & 3)

From India, Hyderabad
Hello, Almost everything is covered but as per my opinion answer to introduction question should start with No.6 as mentioned above. Regards, Vipul Parmar
From India, Valsad
it very simple question nothing is req to be very serious ,
generally recruiter ask the question ,so that you can feel comfortable .
that the recruiter will come to know something about your self your character ,
behaviour , your attitude, your way of responsing towards the question is very important .

From India, Ahmadabad
Dear Sir,

: Beware; about 80% of all interviews begin with this “innocent” question. Many candidates, unprepared for the question, skewer themselves by rambling, recapping their life story, delving into ancient work history or personal matters.
BEST ANSWER: Start with the present and tell why you are well qualified for the position. Remember that the key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. In other words you must sell what the buyer is buying. This is the single most important strategy in job hunting.
So, before you answer this or any question it's imperative that you try to uncover your interviewer's greatest need, want, problem or goal.
To do so, make you take these two steps:

1. Do all the homework you can before the interview to uncover this person's wants and needs (not the generalized needs of the industry or company)
2. As early as you can in the interview, ask for a more complete description of what the position entails. You might say: “I have a number of accomplishments I'd like to tell you about, but I want to make the best use of our time together and talk directly to your needs. To help me do, that, could you tell me more about the most important priorities of this position? All I know is what I (heard from the recruiter, read in the classified ad, etc.)”
Then, ALWAYS follow-up with a second and possibly, third question, to draw out his needs even more. Surprisingly, it's usually this second or third question that unearths what the interviewer is most looking for.
You might ask simply, "And in addition to that?..." or, "Is there anything else you see as essential to success in this position?:
This process will not feel easy or natural at first, because it is easier simply to answer questions, but only if you uncover the employer's wants and needs will your answers make the most sense. Practice asking these key questions before giving your answers, the process will feel more natural and you will be light years ahead of the other job candidates you're competing with.
After uncovering what the employer is looking for, describe why the needs of this job bear striking parallels to tasks you've succeeded at before. Be sure to illustrate with specific examples of your responsibilities and especially your achievements, all of which are geared to present yourself as a perfect match for the needs he has just described.

Thanks & Regards


From India, Visakhapatnam
Dear All HR Experts Even all of you asked this Q in an interview, but no reply till now. waiting.....................
From India, Delhi
Yes i also agree.
Start with family background, religion and where u belongs to.....!!
and than rest as mentioned earlier.
Note: this question is having following common intentions:-
1. to relax the person and get involve into the intvw.
2. to check communication skill of candidate.
3. to check body language.
4. to check presentation skills.

From India, Kota
Hey i dont think that you should start with your family background first as this is the first question normally which they ask in an interview so start saying something about urself then about your family so u should mention ur name,qualification,wrk exp (if any),ur strenghts and about ur intrests also ur goals ,what you want to achieve in life.then lastly about your family (in short).Also this question has been asked many times ,so you can search the tab given above.ALL THE BEST....
Plz correct me seniors if i am wrong.

From India, Mumbai
I have myself asked this question in many interviews. The resume and the structured application form provided by many industries bring out all information. What is not known is "what areas this person is good at?". So, the reason for the popular question is to find out what further questions I can ask this person.

The interviewer is not an expert in all areas-so he lets you talk to find out "what he knows in what you know".

In fact, this is the way to let the interviewer understand the area of common interest.Jocularly, I teach my students to handle this question as follows:
plant keywords that would interest the interviewer to come up with the next question (for which you already know the answer).Some examples:
1.If you know chess and if you are attending a leadership position, then say I learnt a lot of leadership strategies from chess.
2.If you are thorough in your UG project work, then drop it as "I was so interested in environment that I did my UG project in that area".
3.If you are attending an interview for a quality job, then describe about how you handled quality in various walks of life, that you are well versed in ISo 9000, six sigma etc.
Naturally, when you drop in technical words, the interview is expected to start moving in that direction. So, tell about yourself is "the interviewer's search for what you know". Help him to ask worthwhile questions that you can answer well, by planting suitable keywords in your answer to this first question. All the best.

From India, Madras
Dear Anu,

Today the interview is not the selection process but the shortlisting or rejecting process so that one can get the right candidate for the specific position.
The interviewer has the resume of the interviewee in his / her hand still wants to hear from the interviewee regarding his/herself because interviewer wants to know interviewee's thought process, more about his/her personality as today the best candidate is the one who can handle the pressure and give the results too. Therefore first of all -
1) Start with your name.
2) Then mention about your Work Experince, if any
3) Mention about your Educational Qualification
4) Now about your hobbies
5) and in the end about your family.

Now the answer why in the above order only,
1) To know how confidently you take your name(sound should have confidence and not nervousness)
2) Whether your work experince is worth for the particular position's challenges
3) Whether you meet the requirements for that particular designation
4) Hobbies - to understand what kind of personality you have - outgoing or introvert
5) Your family background

Thus through one question the interviewer gets the insight of the thought process of the candidate and can build upon the other questions to be asked.


From India, Mumbai

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