5 Great Ways To Stand Out

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During an interview, my least favorite question is always the one that comes first. You know the one - it's "So, tell me about yourself.". It's a tricky one to answer because on one hand, you don't want to give your life story while on the other hand, you don't want to bore them or sound just like everyone else


So, how can you stand out?

There are several ways that you can answer the question, but my favorite is to answer it in a way that makes you memorable. When formulating your reply, you have to understand that in reality, the interviewer doesn't care that much about who you are. The content itself isn't the main thing. What the employer really hopes to achieve with the question is to break the ice and get a general idea about your confidence and enthusiasm. You're goal is to make them interested in who you are.

You can accomplish that by having a creative way to let them know who you are, while making yourself someone who is difficult to forget. Of course, I don't mean that you should be theatrical or resort to elaborate pranks or jokes, because while those things make you memorable, it isn't in a good way.

Here are 5 great ways to answer the question "Tell me about yourself."

"My favorite quote is" - if there is a quote that you especially like and you think it sums up your outlook or the way you live your life, share it with the interviewer. Not only will it tell them something about you, but it will show that you're someone who thinks that personal development is important and that you are self-motivated. For example, "One of my favorite quotes is by Mother Teresa. "I do not do great things. I do small things, with great love." For me, it is a reminder that it's the small things, the details, that make the difference. We can all achieve great things by starting small and giving our best."

"My personal philosophy is" - Start by sharing your personal philosophy. It shows that you are a thinker and someone who has the potential to be a star. For example, "I have a ceramic Buddha bank on my counter. When I come home, I throw my coins into it. It serves as a reminder of my personal philosophy that change comes from within. If I'm not happy with something in my life, I am the only one who can change it. I can choose to react differently or accept whatever is causing me unhappiness. I can choose to be happy. This philosophy helps me be more aware and more focused on personal responsibility. It makes me more flexible and allows me to take a step back and think outside of the box."

"The people I have worked with in the past say that I'm" - This answer helps show your level of self-awareness. Just make sure that the things you say are actually things that people have said about you in the past. Of course, feel free to leave out anything you think doesn't make you look your best.

"I am passionate about" - Depending on the job you are applying for, talking about your passion can be a great way to answer the question - especially if you are passionate about something that relates to the job. Not only does it make a great impression, talking about the things you love will raise your enthusiasm and let the employer see you with your face lit up with excitement.

"I did a web search on myself and this is what I found" - This can be a funny and memorable way to answer the question. For example, you could say, "I googled myself just this morning. I found out that I have a reputation as a great salesperson, I spend a lot of time hiking and taking pictures of amazing views and evidently, I have a very sick dog in Montana." If you choose this approach, make sure that you actually do a search on yourself and use the results. Also, it's a good idea to mix in one thing that came up in the search, but that isn't true, just to add a little more humor to your response.

I hope that these 5 suggestions will help inspire you to come up with some creative answers of your own. How do you answer the question? Please share your thoughts in the comments.



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  • Lynne K
    Lynne K
    This entire article was very helpful, especially for those of us who have been out of the job market for several years...it's a whole new world.  Thank you for all of your great suggestions!
  • Sherri R
    Sherri R
    Between Mother Teresa's quotes and being passionate about making a difference, it really summed me up and made a great opening statement for myself! I appreciate the advice guys!!!
  • Connie H
    Connie H
    That was very informative.
  • Marta M
    Marta M
    I been reading many articles about interview, and they are very  helpful, but this one, is so simple and says exactly what is a big deal for all of us, especially how is said. Wonderful. I'm from Italy, and this article is easy and clear, plus, short.I loved!!
  • M Susan H
    M Susan H
    I found the suggestions to be helpful -- especially the last three.  Thank you.
  • Melissa S
    Melissa S
    Great! It is sometimes awkward to describe yourself love the quote tip that works for me!
  •  niccoya t
    niccoya t
    Will be using some of this info in the future!
    How much did you think we can offer you? The approppriate answer to this question is what?
  • Franklyn F
    Franklyn F
    Great Suggestions!
  • JIM N
    JIM N
  • Pearl von S
    Pearl von S
    This article has helped me rethink my interview strategies.  I am planning on implementing and revamping my answers before my next interview.
  • Amir B
    Amir B
    Great article especially because I am facing this type of question regularly when job hunting. This kind of answer really does make you different from the rest.
  • Olusegun O
    Olusegun O
    This is nice. I have never thought about all these things.
  • semiko m
    semiko m
    Good information will be sure to use it the next time...
  • Pauline E
    Pauline E
    Thank you so much for this preparation, as so much people had so many different ideas and mislead you in so many ways that gets you realy confused.on how to answer these interviews questions.
  • Deborah R
    Deborah R
    Thes answers where very helpful.  thanks So Much
    I found these to be very helpful. This question seems to come up very frequently. I guess because it's so vague and open. It's puts you in the spot light : tell me about yourself.It's a huge blank canvas and you have to paint the picture.                  Thank you for your insight. It's very good.
  • Maxine M
    Maxine M
    I like the ideas given to the question of tell me about yourself. I might add that you could use a personal experience of a decision that you made. Why you made the choice you made. It shows your thinking process of how you respond to problems that come up. I think I would go with the philosophy one. That would be a neat one to think about. Thanks for the tips. I have 2 interview coming up one this week and one next week. Hopefully this will help?Max
  • Julie S
    Julie S
    Those answers on (Tell me about yourself) are very good.
  • susan h
    susan h
    cute but helped me focus on neat traits about me and how to answer this awkward question.  appreciate it    susan
  • Susan K
    Susan K
    Wish I had seen this last month.
  • Junaidah M
    Junaidah M
    Thank you for the info very helpful and for sure I'll use this example for my interview.  
    Great and helpful hints and tools to arm myself with when next I go for interview!thanks a great deal.
  • Merle H
    Merle H
    Thank you for those little tidbits. I have an Interview tomorrow and will have these suggestions in the back of my mind as I go through my interview.
  • Angela C
    Angela C
    I love the mother Teresa quote. I generally dont have a problem with this question, but your advice has helped me to now critique how I express who I am as I show how I fit in the job description. I sometimes have trouble finding the words to express what I'm trying to say. THANKS so much for the tips!

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