Tell Me About Yourself Example An example of how I've answered this question previously. Most of the core tips are present here, but I would improve this answer by incorporating tip #3 to better structure my experiences.
For sure! My name is Dan. I’m a final year Computer Science/Marketing student at UNSW currently working as an Operations Associate at Ofload, which is an early stage startup building out a platform to reduce waste and inefficiency in the freight industry.
To give you some context to my story, I’ll wind the clock back a fair few years. So back when I was 5 years old, one day I sat down at my desk, pulled out a pencil and pulled out a piece of paper. At the top of the paper, I wrote the word ‘Problems’
I then began asking my Mum "Hey Mum, what problem does this person have", and she would tell me the medical problem that a family friend was suffering. One-by-one, I wrote each one down, and though probably horribly misspelled, the key takeaway here is that from a young age, I’ve had a deep, innate curiosity in identifying and understanding problems in the world around me. So in choosing my degree for university, I decided on the combination of Computer Science/Marketing combination for 2 key reasons:
1. I wanted to build the technical skills to solve a lot of emerging problems in today’s landscape.
2. On the more qualitative side, I wanted to understand what problems people wanted to be solved for them.
Over the past 4 years, I’ve been deliberate in testing different skillsets across both startups and mature companies like Amazon, Uber, Deloitte Digital & IBM, covering operations, project management, UX design, marketing, sales and web development. Though I’ve really enjoyed working across these diverse functions, I consistently found I was fascinated with understanding how each function fit into solving the underlying problem more holistically. As I approach graduation, the 3 key things I’m looking for at this stage of my career are:
Leveraging an interdisciplinary skillset
Solving difficult problems at scale
Working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
The APM role at Atlassian seemed like a really strong intersection of these 3 factors, and so I wanted to give it my best shot.