This is a really common start to a job interview.
In fact I often use it myself.
Watch out though, it isn't as easy as it seems.
The problem is that it is totally unstructured and gives the interviewee no idea what the interviewer really wants by way of a reply.
But there is an answer and a best way to respond. Link a good story about yourself to a key element of what is needed most for the role you are interviewing for.
The toughest job interview question may seem like a softball from the interviewer’s perspective: “So…tell me about yourself.” It seems easy because it feels like a free pass: no hypothetical scenario, no request for real-life examples, no technical challenge, not even the dreaded “What’s your biggest flaw?” Just…tell me anything. But it only seems simple. Receiving such an open invitation invites more perils than opportunities, because you’re given no framework for your response — just a blank, clue-free canvas.