I panicked the first time a prospective employer asked, "So, tell me about yourself."
I briefly described my background and listed my journalism experience — singular — writing for my school's student newspaper. Desperate to appear more qualified, I highlighted some extracurricular activities that showed my skills and work ethic.
I didn't have much of a resume following my first year of college. In fact, the content barely reached half a page. That's including the education and contact information at the top.
I remember frantically thinking of ways to apply my role as a student writer to an established media company during that first interview. Realistically, I had minimal responsibilities, especially compared to a seasoned reporter.
Mentors told me, "Show your best self." But what does that mean? I managed to think of some responses after struggling through a few more interviews.
But to help you, CNBC Make It went to experts Joan Kuhl and Sandy Gould for tips on how talk about yourself in your next interview.