What do you do when an interviewer says: “Tell me about yourself?” One career counselor provides some sound advice on how to structure your answer.
This author focuses mainly on the answer itself. IMHO, however, how you pace your answer is just as important. When you get a question like this at an interview, you really do not know what the interviewer is looking for. Turn the question around and ask the interviewer for some clarification. Give the interviewer some choices. For example, you can ask if the individual would like to hear about your responsibilities in your current job or your career aspirations going forward. Make sure not to talk too long before checking in (e.g. after giving a brief answer, ask the interviewer “Would you like me to tell you more about this?”)