How to Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” question

Have you ever found yourself at a job interview or a recent Dereja job fair being asked the question, “tell me about yourself” or “what do you do?” or “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” It is difficult to answer these questions in a simple but direct manner when you are put on the spot.

An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that highlights your skill and qualifications, aiming to spark interest in others about you. A good elevator pitch, whether delivered in Amharic or English, should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20 to 30 seconds, hence the name. You can perfect your elevator pitch without the pressure of interviewers by practicing at home!

Below is a good, generic elevator pitch you can customize and personalize! Make it your own! Remember, an elevator pitch is not a list of all your qualifications; an elevator pitch is designed to give employers an idea of your skill as well as your value as a potential employee.

I’m a recent [insert major] graduate from [insert university]. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to [insert strength and value] and I’m interested in securing an entry-level role at a nonprofit that allows me to teach and develop curriculum. Because nonprofit programs and fellowships were a key part of my development, it’s important for me to pay it forward and help Ethiopian students develop to their highest potential.

Easy, right? Now you give it a try! Make sure you update your elevator pitch as you advance through your career. Go to our social media page and give us your elevator pitch- our HR specialists just might give you some tips and feedback!

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