Tell me about yourself
How Common Is it?
- How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you?
- Give me your personal elevator pitch
- Learn about your values (things important enough to mention)
- Ease into the conversation with a relatively “light” question
- Assess your communication skills
- Assess your preparedness for the interview
- Uncover any areas of concern (red flags)
- Demonstrate clear, concise communication
- Give insight into your past, present and future
- Show how your future plans align with the job opportunity
You should answer this question primarily from a professional perspective. You should discuss your past, present, and future.
- Highly relevant parts of your professional past
- What you do now and key accomplishments
- How your future aspirations align with the position you’re interviewing for
- A general statement or anecdote about your personal interests (optional)
- Talking too much about your personal life
- Introducing yourself by name at the beginning of your response (the interviewer knows who you are!)
- Nervousness, rambling (not having a clear point)
- Not aligning your answer with the job opportunity/employer
I’ve been a PM for about 6 years. I currently own end-user-facing features for my company’s warehouse management software. I’ve been passionate about product since I was a developer at the beginning of my career. I like my job and enjoy solving complex problems, but I feel I’m a better fit for consumer-oriented products. I’m excited about using the skills I’ve developed around customer interviews and UX and help build a market-beating consumer app. Personally, I like to spend time with my family and my hobby is CrossFit.
I’ve been in software engineering since I graduated from Acme University. I’ve done both front end and backend development in multiple programming environments. After a few years, I realized that I was very interested in talking to users and understanding the commercial aspects of product development. I’m currently a senior engineer, which gives me the opportunity to participate in customer engagement from time to time. I’ve also been taking courses on product management and UX and have been working on product discovery for a startup idea I have. My goal is to get a job as a product owner or product manager at a mid-size company in the consumer space. I think my technical knowledge will help me be effective in this position and give me an opportunity to put into practice the things I’ve learned and am trying with my startup.