Prepping for a Job Interview? You Need This ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Template

Prepping for a Job Interview? You Need This ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Template
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A previous article outlined some of the reasons why fielding the “Tell Me About Yourself” interview question can prove troubling for even the most qualified job candidate, especially members of the greater uniformed services community. Click here to get caught up.


Now, let’s look at the right way to tackle this request. Candidates should use this question to tackle three key objectives: Help the interviewer gain a better understanding of who you are, show you can engage in a meaningful conversation, and make your presence felt by clearly articulating your value proposition and interest in the position.


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Here is a short template and example to help you organize and craft your “Tell Me About Yourself” answer:  

  • Give a short welcome and introductory comments.
  • Provide an overview of your experience and expertise, along with key knowledge, skills, and abilities as highlighted in the vacancy announcement.
  • Follow up with a transition like “I have a reputation for… .” This allows you to demonstrate intangible qualities and your unique value proposition – both of which should reflect material from the job posting that describes the ideal candidate.
  • Wrap up with a strong closing statement reinforcing your interest in the position, what you want to achieve for the employer, and why you are the ideal candidate and should be hired over the competition.   


For example:


Hello, it is a pleasure to meet you. I am Brian Anderson. I have a decade of expertise as a career consultant helping thousands of uniformed servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses to attain their professional goals and career aspirations by creating engaging content, hosting in-person and virtual events, offering personalized guidance, and connecting them to valuable tools, resources, and talent acquisition professionals. I have a reputation for passion, enthusiasm, consensus-building, and delivering results. When I read this position announcement, I thought I would be an ideal fit to leverage my unique skill sets and talents to help your team achieve their mission objectives. I am looking forward to talking with you today so I can gain a better understanding of the challenges you are facing and how I may be able to best contribute to your organization.


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Now, it’s your turn. Are you ready to tell your next employer about yourself? A well-crafted response not only makes a strong first impression, but it could make the difference in landing your next position as you advance on your career journey.


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About the Author

Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)

Anderson joined the staff of MOAA's Career Transition Services Department in August 2011. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in a wide range of command and staff assignments. Connect with him on LinkedIn.