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This is a new version of how to answer the ages old question, “Tell me about yourself.”

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter.. I'm the head coach for, and

Years ago, I did a video dealing with the answer to "tell me about yourself." I created a standard answer, your basic one and a more advanced version. I've done one for people who are in the C suite, too. But now I'm working with a different way of answering the question, and I want to share it with you, because I've been trying it out with people that I coach, and it's working like a charm.
So, the standard way of doing it, well, let me let me just go right into it. When I encourage people to start an interview, I don't want you to wind up giving away your power to the interviewer. I want you to start off by saying, "hey, thanks so much for making time to speak with me today. You know, I recall the position description," or, if you were referred by a recruiter, "Jeff mentioned that," or "Jeff told me about the role but I want to get your take on the position. Could you tell me about the job as you see it, and what I can do to help." That becomes the launch point for conversations.
That becomes the launch point for your interviews, is hearing from them about what they're looking for because even if you have a job description, job descriptions, sometimes are put together years before and when someone resigns, they just pull out the same standard job description. So that's why I always encourage people ask about the job at the interview, at the beginning of the interview, so you can talk about what you've done that matters to them, and not just simply talk about what you've done.
Now, when you get to the, "So, tell me about yourself," question, here's how I want you to answer it.
"Well, I've been in my field now for (however many years number of years it is) and for the last few years I've been working for so and so where I've been working on (this and that and this and that). Before that, I worked for so and so where I did (this and that and this and that)." Here's where it comes.
"But what's probably most relevant for this position is my experience with (such and such) with (a firm, with particular work that you did), where I was involved with. And what you're doing here is seguing to talk about your relevant experience to the role that they have. Now, you can do this if you only have a job description. If you're too shy to ask about the question, I respect that you don't have to, you can work with the job description and say, what's most relevant, probably most relevant for this discussion is based upon what I saw in the job description, my experience with (such and such) where I did . . . and then you go into details.
What the idea always in answering "Tell me about yourself," is giving them a framework for the conversation by talking about actual relevant experience in the field.

"Now, for (X number of years or for the last two years), I've been working and doing that sort of thing." But then tying the bow and tie it into what they're looking for, so that you can talk about your experience that's most relevant to them.

So, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I hope you found this helpful. If you did and you're watching on YouTube or Facebook, click the like button, share it, let other people know how to do this. And, I'll also say that if you want to subscribe to my channel on YouTube, see the little icon there, just click on the icon, you'll be able to subscribe.
Also want to mention if you're interested in one on one coaching with me, connect with me on LinkedIn at Mention that you saw the video because I just like knowing that I'm helping folks. Once we're connected, message that you're interested in coaching. I've got a ton more that's available at my blog at as I'm recording this.
So,, I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful and hope you have a great day. Take care


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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3 Responses
  1. P V Iyer

    Sir you are so rich.. and classy. thank you so much. Please make your service affordable according to different client’s salary earning capacity.

    1. Jeff Altman

      When I did psychoanalytic training, the head of the institute pointed out that a therapist needs to collect a good fee in order to be able to afford to be there for the patient. If you can’t afford to be there, you can’t help. I am not rich, nor ever claimed to be rich. I do know that many people claim hardship when, in fact, they are choosing to prioritize their spending in ways that don’t serve them or truly allow me to serve them. The person who is earning multiple six figures and who lives in the big house, has the kids in private school and claims hardship is pretty common and not my problem. The person who earns much less is better served by where I have an offering that they can purchase that is equal to an hour of my coaching time which they receive from me plus website access. Finally, when people go to the store to make a purchase, the store does not sell the good based upon what a person can afford to pay. I am no different. My time is my inventory and I offer information for free here and other venues. My time comes with my ability to customize solutions for people. No discount offered.