Answered by Jenna, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, February 14, 2019
"Tell me about yourself." It's one of the most common questions that seems the most surprising to candidates. My recommendation is to give a well-rounded answer about your background, what made you decide to pursue the field you're in, prior employment, and tie it back in to soft skills that would apply well to the role or values of the organization with which you are interviewing. You'll want to be careful as there is a concern about saying too much about yourself and disclosing items that may be inappropriate or open you to potential discrimination (age, marriage status, family, religion, etc).