So Tell Me About Yourself !

Tell me about yourself_1This deceptively simple question is one of the first things you are asked in a Personal Interview (PI). Have you ever wondered, no matter where you go or who the interviewer is, this is the first question… Why?Well, I call it the Ice-breaker.You should always treat this as an advantage given to you to lead the interview.Your answer to this question will actually set the tone of your interview. If you answer this intelligently, the answer can empower you to make the interviewer ask questions you want him/her to ask. So, NEVER EVER Cross Question this question. Never ask back “What do you want to know? Or something like that. NO!I will give you the answer but first, keep the following in mind:

Confidence is the key: You can use “err….” Or “umm…” for practically all questions, except this. You cannot sound unsure of yourself. So prepare at least this question very much in advance.

Timing Matters: Your answer should be at least a minute long. Anything less will make you seem uninteresting as a person. So practice till you get there.

Keep it simple: Knowledge of good conversational English is necessary but you don’t need to sound like a peppy teen or sophisticated gentleman with an accent. Stay in your comfort zone. Avoid using vocabulary you are not comfortable with.

A little insight: Your academic achievements are a part of you. Your hobbies and interests also form a major part of your personality. Again, don’t invent hobbies and interests to seem perfect. Be relevant. You cannot speak lies here my friend.

I will give you an example of a possible way, you can answer this question.Tell me about yourself_2

I am Harish Lahori, a Chemical Technology graduate from PQR COLLEGE Delhi …[You can also mention in 1 line about your schooling. Also if you have done X,XII outside India or rural India, make sure you say that]….

I am currently working in Technical Technologies Pvt Ltd as a Technical Engineer, where my responsibility is mainly… [brief job profile]

When I am not working, I like to …[mention your hobbies]……[If you have done any NGO work, do not forget to mention that. If you have achieved anything in sports, mention that as well]…

As a person I believe I am …[mention one or two of your strengths and weaknesses]…

After working for over 30 months in the industry, I have come to realize that …[answer importance for MBA for you/according to you]… And so next few years of my life I want to focus on gaining business knowledge in …[your MBA specialization]… field.

If you do not hold any work experience, the template remains pretty much the same. Just spend more time on your hobbies, don’t forget to mention any major sports achievements you have had in school/college and also try to elaborate more on the importance of MBA section.

Now you know what questions are coming next. There will be question on your job,your company, your abroad/rural schooling, hobby, that medal you won, your specialization and Why MBA from here. You knew they were coming!!!

The main intention behind giving you this template is to let you know what your flow should be while answering the question and what areas you should cover. You can use your own sentences to convey the same meaning. My only advice here is “Stick to the Flow”.

Of course, there are many other ways to answer this question. Google them. Also don’t forget to read the Basic PI Tips article.

All the Best !!!

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43 thoughts on “So Tell Me About Yourself !

  1. I am a Biotech engineer. I have a work experience of just 3 months and that too in a KPO. I think mentioning this will throw unnecessory questions on me. I want to know your openion.

    1. I would defintely like you to mention it. Isn't it great that you already know there will be questions on this.You can prepare them. Also, you can use this 3 months experience in the Why MBA? section, like trying to change career and the sooner the better.

  2. I worked for an IT company for 20 months as a software tester and in September 2013 i left the job due to some personal reasons and came back to my home city and prepared for CAT for 1 month ,also i am not doing any job right now. How should i tackle the questions like why did you left your job? as i cant mention my personal problem. Thanks in Advance

    1. Leaving the job was a very planned decision. You had been preparing for CAT already for a while and that's when you realized that with the job, appearing CAT would only be a half heartened attempt. So September onward you focussed completely at giving various MBA entrance examinations.

      Afetr this, be prepared for questions like why mba is so important for you and wht other exams you gave, how was the job etc.

  3. PLEASE GIVE FEEDBACK ON THIS:
    I am 2012 passed out b.tech graduate from nit warangal.i had been recruited by cognizant india during campus placements.I have worked with the company for 9 mnths and tdan i had to resign my job due to medical reasons(surgery).I am a good leader and efficient team player.I have acquired and proved dem during my school working as house captain and NCC corporal.I took dem to the next level during my college working as the coordinator for national level fests n workshops conducted by our college.My job profile have boosted my confidence and gave me professional discipline.
    IS IT GUD?

    1. This is good, Very good in fact. But you have been disorganised in the flow. Read this and see how it feels.

      I am 2012 passed out b.tech graduate from nit warangal. I had been recruited by cognizant india during campus placements.I worked with the company for 9 months where my responsibilities were mainly……………… This job profile boosted my confidence and gave me professional discipline.Unfortunately I had to resign my job due to medical reasons(surgery).
      As a person, I am a good leader and efficient team player.I have acquired and proved this during my school working as house captain and NCC corporal.I took this to the next level during my college working as the coordinator for national level fests n workshops conducted by our college.
      I would now like to pursue MBA as i feel…………….

      This would give a complete picture, dont you think?

  4. Hi,
    1,should i include my family details? like " i am the youngest of the 4, my dad is xyz etc"
    2,i was born and brought up in south india (first 10 years) and shifted to north india(next 10 years)….should i mention this?

    this is with subject to a bschool interview

    1. 1. Dont include any family detail. This serves no purpose at all.

      2. Defintely include this. But try to link your education/job with the place where you have been. eg. I was Born and brough up in Trichy where i completed my ssc or junior school, after which i migrated to Delhi where did my hsc and bachelors from xyz college/school.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  5. hi Sir.. please review mine.. as i have an interview on 15th..

    I am Rohit kakria , a B.Tech graduate from Indraprastha University , New delhi.
    I am currently working in Infosys Limited as a Systems engineer where my responsibilities are mainly to enhance , maintain and test out the application software which my client is using. We follow a SDLC phase in which we gather the requirements from our client. We then do an analysis of the code changes required to implement the requirements . We test out the functionality implemented and then deployment of the same. I acquired the qualities like team work and a good leadership from this nature of work.
    Also i am the configuration controller and the party admin of the team.

    When i am not working i am mostly seen in badminton court. I am a true and an ardent fan of badminton and i make sure that i take out atleast an hour to play.
    Also i with my roommates are into short film making. We started this an year back and have made 6 short films till now. We have a channel in you tube where we post our films and our production house is known by 39 productions.

    I have been a part of Teach India campaign in my fourth year of graduation. We were given the training to teach English to the people of age group 18-32 so that they can empower themselves. I took classes in slum areas of Uttam Nagar , west delhi.

    After working for approximately 24 months in this industry i feel the importance of doing MBA because a business degree will help me to advance to managerial position. Also it would help to change my career path as i feel the current job is not perfect fit for my interests and aptitude. I think i have a good convincing power and good communication skills to be into Marketing instead of a software enginner.

    1. Rohit, you have written it really well. Just reduce your first para to:

      I am Rohit kakria , a B.Tech graduate from Indraprastha University , New delhi.
      I am currently working in Infosys Limited as a Systems engineer where my role is that of a configuration controller and the party admin of the team.

      This is enough. Let them ask questions on this and if they do (which they will 🙂 ), give the details.

      Rest is very well and i hope honestly written. Good Luck.

  6. Thanks for the tips sir, I passed my graduation in year 2012 and then I worked for a year and took a year break to prepare for MBA. If the panel asks me about my break, how should I answer it? Should I tell the real reason? ( in spite of working hard my scores are not that great, have calls from med colleges.)

    1. Once you are in the interview, what you scored to get there matters less… verry less. Very very rarely, entrance marks are discussed in interviews. So don't worry about you being grilled on that. To answer your break question, how about this :

      Leaving the job was a very planned decision. You had been preparing for CAT already for a while and that's when you realized that with the job, appearing CAT would only be a half heartened attempt. So September onward you focussed completely at giving various MBA entrance examinations. It was a good decision as I got a chance to give this interview today.

      After this, be prepared for questions like why mba is so important for you and wht other exams you gave, how was the job, why mba over job etc. you can also site personal or health issues, if any.

  7. hello sir, please review mine

    I am Shikha Singh, a B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering from CSJM University, Kanpur-2013 pass out. Born and bought up in Bareilly, U.P. I have done my schooling from Brij Bhushan Lal Public School Bareilly. I decided to go for higher studies rather than taking a job, therefore taking a break so that I could prepare well for management exams. As a person, I am a good leader and efficient team player. This I have acquired and proved in school and college. During school by achieving top position in group activities like dance, sports and working as Event Coordinator during college.
    I like reading books and listening music in leisure time. My optimistic approach towards life and self motivating nature helps me facing adverse situations with ease.

    1. This is excellent Shikha. I would suggest no change at all. But just be prepared for questions on "I decided to go for higher studies rather than taking a job, therefore taking a break so that I could prepare well for management exams."

      Why mba is so important for you? Do you think it makes sense to do an MBA without experience? A lot of people do job as well as prepare n crack cat, why cant you do the same? If you wanted to do an MBA in this field, why did you do engineering in that field in the first place?

      These questions look very scary, but trust me, they are a cake walk. All you need to do is to give your opinion (as there is no right or wrong) and just stick to it. Link MBA with your short term n long term goal n interest and strenghts and you will have the answer to every question in the "Why MBA" domain.

  8. Thanks for your precious time sir. I'll surely be prepared for questions like you mentioned above. Can you please throw some light on Development Studies course? Why would one pursue it?

  9. Sir When the interviewer asks "Do you want to ask us anything?" What should be the questions that a student should ask? Is it better to ask? Please help me. Thanks

    1. Its always better to ask something. If you have done some thorough lookup of their college website and/or prospectus, you may ask questions on something you want some more clarity on. Some common questions are : "this field is changing constantly. How does this institute keep up with the changing trends in terms of curriculum", "How is specialization offered?, "How well does the institute manage global exposure to its students?". As long as you ask questions apart from the placement and package, and about the institute, it will all be taken in a very positive way.

    1. Something like this should suffice:

      I was born and brought up in Chandarpur, a small village of 500 odd population. It is there that i completed my schooling and was one of few who decided to pursue Engineering/BBA from ……

  10. Someone stepped forward to solve the very mind bobbling questions with very simple and honest answers. Bow to you Sir…half of my work done.

    How shall I mention my residential schooling?? Since class 6th, I have been staying at hostel.
    Regards,
    Abhishek.

    1. Schooling from a residential school might not earn you extra credits, but its good if you mention it in a subtle way.

      I am Harish Lahori, a Chemical Technology graduate from PQR COLLEGE Delhi. Although I am from Pune, I have spent most part of my life in Gurgaon, where I did my Schooling from Gurgaon High School, which is a residential school.

      Then carry on…. Hope it helps!!

  11. Would you suggest me to mention "I'm a fresher, and hence lack the practical corporate experience" as a 'weakness' of mine ?

    1. I would not suggest that. Its not a weakness, just something that did not happen due to one reason or another. It's just another way of saying that you do not believe MBA is for freshers. You will be grilled on that if your interviewer is into that kind of thing. 🙂 He might also think that you are just making up a weakness. Instead choose qualities and personal traits as weaknesses. That's actually what they are looking forward to hear.

      Hope this helps.

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