Learning through experience and error

Tell Me Something About Yourself Not What’s On Your Résumé

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This isn’t career advice. I’m in no place to give that so if you came here seeking “Top 10 interview questions and answers” then I’m sorry, wrong page. This is just life advice.

Tell Me Something About Yourself Not What's On Your Résumé

Often right when I start talking to anyone – new people, potential love interests, random strangers or even old friends I’m catching up with after a while – I have a habit of asking “So, tell me about yourself” and more often than not, I get the same monotony. It is template-like and jarring to the ears.

“I’m pursuing/working as insert course/job here in insert university/company/firm here.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is fine answer. I asked you about yourself and you told me what you do. Whatever you do is surely part of yourself but is that the most important part about you? That could be true for a lot of people and in that case, it’s totally fine but I doubt that it’s true for you.

If I had asked, “What do you do?” then your response would’ve been a 10/10 but I had not. Instead, I framed it as “tell me something about yourself” because I am (maybe) interested in the whole of you. No, this isn’t one of those “I want to talk about the universe and atoms…” psychobabble-bullshit lessons. I don’t want to talk about the universe either but tell me something.

Give me something so that this conversation doesn’t stop here. Else it’s a dead-end and both of us know it. Tell me that you love to walk. That will at least get us to start talking and maybe, have a human experience. Maybe we’ll take a walk while talking because coincidentally, I love walking too but that won’t happen because we’re in the dead-end of résumés and careers, remember?

Your work and education can come later. I’m not asking you to not talk about them just that is it really necessary to have your “Career Objective” as your opening sentence in a perfectly casual conversation?

I’d love it, for example, if you just told me that you dislike talking to strangers who lecture you on how to talk to people. At least, I’d have a good laugh about it afterwards. Perhaps you would too and that is the whole point.

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Deepansh Khurana

Blogger and writer from Dehradun, India. I'd say I love coffee but don't we all? I find stories, people and experiences. I blog about them.

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