Tell Me About Yourself

Posted September 23, 2013 by Marie Arcidiacono in Career Moves

How often have you found yourself having to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself” in your personal life, work life, and/or social life? It seems like this is a popular “ice-breaker” style question that Career Girls are being asked to answer; on the spot no less. Hello, stressful situation! That is, if you’re not prepared to answer it.

I personally think that your answer(s) to this question are so important when it comes to a first impression that I ask ALL of my students to answer this question for their VERY first speech. Mean? No way! As a Career Girl I understand that importance of being able to answer this question effectively and efficiently. Your answer(s) to this question can tell a future employer, friend, significant other, in-laws, etc. a good deal about yourself.

Think about it:

Can you “self-promote” without sounding like you’re overly confident or unsure of yourself? It might be a little trickier than you think.

Being a Speech Communication professor I have gotten comfortable answering this question, but I understand that not everyone likes talking about themselves as much as say, oh you know, I do. I blame my fabulous gift of gab on being Italian!

So, what’s a Career Girl to do when she is asked to answer the above question? First know that there is no right or wrong answer to this question. That being said, I have tried to find a way to help my students, and now fellow Career Girls, answer this question in a simple and easy manner.

For my first article I thought it would be fitting to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself.”

  • My name is Marie, and I am a Speech Communication professor as well as a college debate coach.

Ms. A-ism #1: If the person asking you this question does not know who you are or what you do always start with this information.

If the question is left open-ended and you aren’t sure what to talk you might want to try providing the answers for a few of the questions I ask my students (but only if they fit the occasion):

What do you like to do in your free time? Hobbies? Interests?  Etc.

Who is your role model? Why?

What do you hope to get out of (insert class title here)? Why?

  • In my free time, when I’m not teaching or coaching my amazing debate team, I can be found running. I LOVE to run. In fact, I love running so much I pay money to run races and willingly get up early on weekends when most people would prefer to be asleep to run. Running is a great way to balance out the busy lifestyle I have; it’s my go-to for stress relief. I also write for Why Not Girl!, another great website you should check out.
  • Now, I know it’s “the standard thing” to do to say that my parents (who are AWESOME) are my role models, but I want to stand out (and maybe you do too, especially if you are answering this question in a group situation). Currently my role model is elite marathon runner Kara Goucher. I admire how Goucher balances her elite running career with Nike with being a wife and mother. She truly embodies the “multi-tasking, working mom” persona that I hope to someday have the opportunity to achieve. She is someone I consider to be a strong Career Girl.
  • What do I hope to get out of writing for Career Girl Network? I hope to share my journey of healthy living and knowledge of communication with other Career Girls. I also hope to learn more about what it means to be a Career Girl for every one of you! I love to network, so this is a great opportunity!

That’s a little about me. In my articles you can expect to hear about how I go about living healthy while being busy along with a variety of speech communication tips. I love to laugh, so you’ll find humor in my articles, and sarcasm.

I think that every Career Girl out there has something awesome to share, so, “Tell Me About Yourself” in the comments!

About the Author

Marie Arcidiacono

Marie is a Speech Communication professor who also coaches a debate team. She truly loves what she does and hopes to continue to teach for decades to come. In her "free time" she is an avid runner. Marie enjoys running a variety of distances, including the Half Marathon. She is dedicated to living as healthy a lifestyle as she can while balancing a very busy schedule. Marie loves to network and share ideas so writing for Career Girl Network is perfect for her. You can also read about her adventures on Why Not Girl!.



    I remember the “get to know you” speeches! They were fun.
    I love how your voices pops out of the page Miss A! I could literally hear you say “fabulous gift of gab.”


      Hi Hayley! Those speeches are fun, I remember yours and how you always used humor in them! I’m glad you can “hear” my voice in the article, that’s what I was hoping for. Thanks for commenting.


    Whether it is for professional or social situations, it is absolutely crucial to have a great elevator pitch when trying to network. I believe your assignment helps to introduce your students to that form of introduction.

    What’s more, though, is unless you have the “gift of gab” you speak of, introducing oneself can be a lot harder than it sounds. As you said, not everyone likes talking about themselves. With that said, practice makes perfect!

    Great article! I look forward to reading more.


      Hi Alyssa,

      Thanks for your comment. I completely agree, having a well versed “elevator speech/intro speech” is essential in almost any aspect of our lives. I’m glad you enjoyed the article!


    Love the article! Interestingly this question was thrown at me at a job interview last week, and I think I totally nailed it! But like you said, it’s about getting comfortable with it, and I have to give credit to those “tell me about yourself speeches” that you assign! And Hayley is totally right,your voice totally pops out it’s awesome!


      Hi Cindy! Glad you enjoyed the article and that the Intro Speech was helpful in your job interview! I am so glad you nailed it–woohoo! I’m glad you can “hear” my voice in the article, just like in class!

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