When you’re met with a job interview, it’s common for the interviewer to begin with the age-old question: “tell me about yourself.” Candidates may be tempted to detail the entirety of their employment history, but the goal of this question is to determine whether or not the jobseeker can give a successful elevator pitch of themselves relevant to the job they’re interviewing for. The tried and true formula for answer this question is the present-past-future model. Beginning with your current position, jobseekers should provide interviewers with information about their current job as it relates to the role and then provide background about their past positions and education. Last but definitely not least, providing interviewers with your future career goals can show them how your aspirations overlap with the company interviewing them. To learn prepare for your next interview, check out this interview question worksheet from AngelList. [Worksheet Link]
Author: Nathan S. Gibson
Nathan S. Gibson is an independent worker compliance business partner who provides expertise and creative solutions to enhance workforce flexibility and maintain compliance with worker classification requirements. He helps mitigate the risks associated with the misclassification of self-employed consultants, freelancers and independent contractors.