Monday, August 3, 2020

Can you introduce yourself?

Recruiter Interviewing Candidate
This question can be asked in different ways e.g. “Tell me about yourself” or “Can we meet you?”
There is this 5-step format I came across that has proven to be very helpful in answering this question. It’s guaranteed to work all the time. It has never failed me.

Your goal in answering this question is to give a brief, concise walkthrough of your career story that will show off relevant pieces of experience to the needs of the employer.

Step 1. Choose the Right Starting Point for Your Story: Depending on your experience, you could start from the beginning or middle of your career to tell your story, whichever is interesting.

Step 2. Highlight Impressive Experience and Accomplishments: As you tell your career story, explain key accomplishments you have achieved, work you’ve done, skills you’ve learned, and key career moves you’ve made.

Step 3. Conclude by Explaining Your Current Situation: Tie up the beginning of your story to your current position and why you applied for the job role.

Step 4. Keep Your Answer Work-Related: Keep your answer work-related and share your career story, rather than personal details.

Step 5. Be Concise When Answering (2 Minutes or Less!): The interviewer wants to see that you can tell your story from Point A (beginning) to Point B (the end) without getting side-tracked, distracted or scattered.

I hope this has been helpful to you. However, if you require a one-to-one coaching on how to answer specific interview questions, reach out to me through my contact page.



  1. So, it is only career related matters! We do not include education story!

    1. You can mention education that equips you to deliver on the needs of the organisation. #HRwithEM

  2. Hi Emmanuel, thanks. How should a recent graduate without work experience answer this question?

    1. Thank you, Sampson. This will be the subject of a new blogpost.

  3. Thank you Sir we really appreciate.

  4. I'm appreciative of these invaluable tips, sir.