Have you ever been caught like a deer in headlights when a casual acquaintance or potential employer asked you to tell them about yourself? If it hasn't happened recently, it will eventually. As reported by CNBC, psychologists tend to agree that a simple "tell me about yourself" is the best icebreaker there is. It's a great way to get to know someone because it's so simple and open-ended, and allows the person to choose a topic they're comfortable discussing. Yet, the way the person chooses to answer the question can be as interesting as the answer itself, especially if it's asked in specific situations or contexts. Here's a great response that Bill Gates gave Steph Curry when the basketball superstar interviewed Gates.
Why can such a simple question be so hard to answer? If the question catches you off-guard, you might simply be unprepared or uncomfortable talking about yourself. Here are a few scenarios where you're likely to be asked this question and some recommendations for ways to answer it.