Once you have been doing interviews for a while, this question doesn't intimate you anymore. Overtime, I have noticed that a lot of people are caught completely off guard by this question. Why is that? People often ask be how to answer this question, and here is my suggestion:
First of all, there is no right or wrong answer.
In the end, its all about having a conversation with the recruiter.
Here are the key things to mention:
Who are you? Where have you studied and worked previously and how does the education and experience relate to the job you are applying for. i talk generally about my background, studying Media Communication and Journalism before going to university for Hospitality Management. I talk about how my studies have brought me to Dubai, Shanghai, London, Vermont and Switzerland.
Interest? Depending on the job, I think it is a good idea to talk a bit general about your interestes. I tend to mention that I'm a fitness enthusiast and Ironman Triathlete who loves filming and editing movies in her spare time. Recruiters want to learn more about you and not only what is on your CV.
Where did you interest for this job come from? This is a hard one. Obviously it is not relevant for all jobs to talk about when your interest came, or why you wanna work for them, but try to mention it. I have worked in Publishing, Food & Beverage and Rooms Division. I tell them about me previous experience and how I have realised that I want to continue growing my career in Rooms. Make it clear for the recruiter that you understand the rest of the business, which in my case is the hotel. I know how the F&B side works, I know back of house,and that will let me grow faster in my Rooms Division role.
Keep it short. Your answer should be between 1 to 2 minutes for this question. I might sound really short, but it is not. You want to make sure your answer are short and snappy. Moreover, make sure to tie up lose ends, make sure to finish off by relating by to the questions: "So thats a bit about me". Always want to make sure your answers are well rounded.
Thats just a few helpful tips on how to answer the question please tell me about yourself!