How to Answer: Tell me about yourself.
Advice and answer examples written specifically for a Caterpillar job interview.
7. Tell me about yourself.
What You Need to Know
This question often serves as the introductory question in the set. It is an initial personality assessment to see whether your personality, values, and motivators align with the teams they are building in their culture. You should not answer any question in this set without performing adequate research on the company and the position. You need to understand your audience to frame your answers accordingly. Keep your answers relevant to the role you are competing for. Stick to those moments that inspired you to pursue your career path. Volunteer anything that helped define your work ethic, approach, and professionalism. That can include your education, family life, volunteer work, mentors, or personal experiences that inspired you on a professional level. Bring up anything that highlights your ability to be a responsible and reliable individual.
1st Answer Example
"A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I am a recent grad from Columbia University and have spent the past 12 months traveling the world. It was the best experience I could have given myself; I learned so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US last month and have been actively looking for work for the past couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting into the routine of a career again."
2nd Answer Example
"I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in various races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit. On the professional side, I recently graduated with my heavy machinery operators' license and am a journeyman mechanic."