Just thinking about how to answer the question “Tell me about yourself” can paralyze most of us. Four simple words, and yet they can strike fear into the heart of even the most confident and capable job hunter.

When we are job hunting, the question “Tell me about yourself,” asks us to assert that we “belong,” before we know for sure that we do, and it sets us up for the judgment of others in a high-stakes situation. That’s a double whammy for stress and feeling like a deer in the headlights.

The solution? Be prepared! There are four parts to a great answer. Here’s a guide:

And here’s what a good answer might look like:

Now, write your own, and go blow them away with your brilliance!


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