Review of Tell Me About Yourself by Nancy Miller

Hansen, Katharine (2009)
Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career
Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works
ISBN: 978-1-59357-6707

NancyMiller.jpg Book Review by Nancy J. Miller

The title of this book caught my attention because the response to the question, “Tell me about yourself” is what employers want to know whether or not they ask the specific question. The employer wants to know who you are and what you add to their business. The author’s use of story telling as the basis of understanding the question behind the question is very perceptive. When asked to tell about yourself, or tell your story, you need to know exactly what stories to tell and how to tell them.

Story telling is an art that needs to be practiced to be effective. The author uses examples, case stories, and job search tools to present various methods for practicing story telling. By writing your story before you walk into an interview or evaluation, you will know what experiences inspired you and which ones left you less than happy. You can avoid discussing less than positive events and focus on stories that make you shine. The author clearly explains the need to write and understand your stories before the interview to build confidence, clarify important themes, and highlight your strengths. The book includes a wealth of information and resources for developing a resume, cover letter, interview strategies, and propelling your career.

Five things I learned:

  1. Your story makes you unique and gives the interviewer something to like about you.
  2. Storytelling builds trust because it provides an emotional investment and uses the right brain.
  3. Telling a story to demonstrate a skill or experience may not work for every type of interview, but it always helps to write out your story and practice saying it out loud.
  4. If you don’t have a good story for the job you are applying for, then it may not be the best fit for you.
  5. Stories provide a picture of the information and form the basis of how we think, organize, and remember what was said.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to enhance their career, transition to a new career, develop effective job search skills, or assist clients in developing career management strategies.

Nancy J. Miller is a Credentialed Career Manager and LifeWork Coach with a Master’s degree in Career Counseling. For the past 10 years Nancy has been working with businesses, professionals, people in crisis and transition as well as students giving workshops, counseling, and coaching. She developed the “LifeWork Success Plan™” and “Color Your Style™” presentations to facilitate self-awareness, healthy lifestyle and career planning. Nancy is the director and founder of The Center for LifeWork Design. She can be reached at

Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling that Propels Careers, Quintessential Careers Press, ISBN-10: 1-934689-00-9. Find out the ways you can own the entire book.


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