“Tell me something about yourself”, is probably the first question that the interviews throw at a candidate.The interviewer is looking for an ice breaker point between them and the candidate and technically checking on your grammar, communication and flow of thought process. The common way to address this question is to repeat what is already present on your CV or tell about your life till now. This is a wrong approach.
Golden rule, do not repeat verbatim what is there on your CV, as the interviewer would have already gone through it.
However, ironically they want to listen to the same matter but in a dialogue form.Common mistake is to start by introducing your name. Many people do that under nervousness.This is incorrect. Start with your qualifications in chronological order starting from the present but do not mention dates and grades that you scored in every degree. Mention the degree, the name of the institution and location. Moreover, it is good to tell them how your qualifications match their requirements.
In addition to this tell about your prior work experience, if any or if you are a fresher, mention your goals.
You should generally leave some space for interaction. It will be simple, if you revise your answer prior to the interview.
But do not speak like a robot as it will be evident that you mugged up the speech last night. Furthermore, include your strengths and weakness if you want.But these are tricky questions. Hence better left for later.
Once you have finished your introduction, pause for a second but do not wait for the interviewer to continue instead try and toss a question at them.The question asked could be information about the position or qualities they are looking for in a candidate, other than mentioned in the ad or by the recruitment consultant. This will put a positive impression on the interviewer that you are concerned about their needs.
Finally whatever data you disclose in the interview, make sure it is not false, irrelevant and unnecessary. Make the process appear as natural as possible and not made up.