In any networking event or interview, you should be prepared to respond to the request to “Tell me about yourself.” They key to response is to tailor your summary to be relevant to the situation. This request is not asking for your entire life story. You should be prepared with a quick 30 second to 2 minute response. In an interview situation, this is your opportunity to highlight why you would be a great candidate for the team. Including a quick story of an achievement will help you make a memorable impression. A recommended response includes the following three parts:
- Past overview, a top level highlight of career history
- Story of a relevant accomplishment and how it impacted your organization
- Your career goals
Great examples of the response are written down on many online profiles, such as the ones found on LinkedIn. Take a look at your current colleagues, potential colleagues, teams, and leaders.
Examples of great response:
Transformational leader with a proven track record of successfully integrating intricate, high performing, and diverse teams to meet project milestones and exceed performance goals.
In addition to overseeing the development and implementation of program strategy, I have established teams to actively drive activities aligned with the vision and mission, provided technical leadership and have consulted for a variety of volunteer organizations.
Innovative, analytical and intuitive leader with a belief of seeking balance of team member strengths, business processes, and enabling technology.
Influential leader with a passion for process improvement. Confident and effective communicator with strong interpersonal and analytical skills, driven to achieve goals and enhance knowledge.
In addition to leading an analytics team to ensure continuous supportability, I have established common processes across a variety of programs while working with stakeholders across all levels of organizations.
Recognized professional development advocate, focusing on business etiquette, volunteerism, and educating the future.