Answering “Tell Me About Yourself” in an Interview

“Tell Me About Yourself” is one of the most common interview questions to date, yet so many job seekers hesitate and stumble over their responses. Although this seems like an easy question, your answer will set the tone for the rest of the interview. This question transitions the initial hellos into the actual interview, and it is essentially their first impression of you. Keep these tips in mind when preparing for this question:

  1. Be positive, confident, and professional. Regardless of how comfortable you feel throughout your interview, be sure to keep it professional. This is not the time to talk about why you are leaving a company or speak negatively about old colleagues. Instead, let this “intro” be the highlight reel of your career path.
  2. Keep it concise, and do not recite your resume. Rather than going through your resume step-by-step, share details about yourself or experiences that they have not read about prior. Definitely touch on experiences that relate to the current position you’re applying for, but don’t feel the need to go through every bullet point, anecdote, etc.
  3. Leave them interested in learning more about you. What can you say that would spark their interest to get to know you better? Share something that they will remember you by.

This is the opportunity to share a snippet about you, your story, and why you would be a great addition to their team. So, how can you best answer this question? Our team at Talent Navigation Experts suggests that one of the best ways to respond is by highlighting key experiences from prior and current jobs and ultimately tying them to the role in which you are applying. Keep our tips in mind, and practice your response out loud, so you can nail this answer in real-time.

If you’re looking for additional interview preps, check out our Interview Tips here. Best of luck in your next interview!



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TNE is a Best Places To Work Honoree!

Talent Navigation Experts has been recognized as a 2021 Best Places to Work recipient by the Denver Business Journal! This is an incredible honor that highlights companies who value and intentionally engage their employees. Throughout an intense 2020, our leadership made a huge push to keep our team engaged and promote a company culture that could be sustainable both virtually and in person. Because this award is voted on by employees, it is rewarding that our efforts have been well-received by our team!

As a boutique, Denver-based staffing firm, we value the working relationships amongst our teammates. We strive to promote a positive, communicative, and supportive environment despite the competitiveness of the industry that we are in. These traits of our colleagues are the foundation of our successful culture.

Although we have worked to implement engaging teambuilding activities, happy hours, breakfast meetings, etc., the biggest change we made as a company was going 100% remote. Once the stay-at-home order was lifted, we attempted a hybrid model only to realize that our employees not only preferred but were more productive and happier working 100% remote.

We are always looking for new, innovative ways to improve upon our culture to ensure that our team always believes that we are one of the best places to work! Thank you to our employees for your dedication and commitment to helping TNE become the best it can be.

Check out the full list here.

Welcome to the team, Mike!

Join us in welcoming Mike O’Hayre to the team! As TNE’s newest Talent Consultant, Mike will be helping our team execute all IT staffing efforts. Mike is originally from Colorado, and his career path has been centered around working in the Telecommunications and Information Technology industries. He has been in various customer-facing roles as well as managing associates who taught him the value of integrity and respect.

In his free time, Mike enjoys fishing, watching sports, and playing cards with his family. His favorite quote is, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Welcome to the team, Mike!

Tech Report & Trends 2021

Our team analyzed a number of IT industry reports highlighting important trends and changes in data over the past year. Heading into 2021, we want to share some of the trends that we felt could benefit our clients and candidates.

Average Tech Salaries – Despite the economic impacts of covid-19, tech salaries are still increasing across the nation. Colorado is no different. Over the past year, Denver tech salaries increased by 2.4% landing at an average of $104,968. The state as a whole increased by 5.5%.

According to Dice’s Tech Report, these are the average salaries by occupation nationwide:

Top IT Certifications – If you are looking to enhance your skillset, these were listed as the top IT certifications.

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE)
  • Certified Data Professional (CDP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Professional Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Oracle Certified MySQL Database Administrator (CMDBA)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle and Deployment Designer

Future of remote work – It has been estimated that employees save, on average, $4000 per year by working remotely. This transition into a remote culture is also positively affecting productivity, the environment, and mental health.

  • 74% of employees want to work remotely more frequently post-pandemic
  • Remote workers are 35% to 40% more productive than their in-office counterparts 
  • 81% say they would be more loyal to their employer if they had flexible work options 

As an award-winning staffing firm, it is our goal to provide the best, up-to-date resources for our clients and candidates to succeed. If you are interested in partnering with our team, contact us today!

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TNE welcomes Grant!

We are so excited to welcome Grant to the Talent Navigation team. New to the staffing industry, Grant was drawn to recruiting by his passion for working with people and background in sales. After growing up in Colorado, he graduated from CU Boulder in 2017 and launched his career by participating in a prestigious management training program. After gaining in-depth sales and management experience, Grant moved to Amsterdam with his wife to earn his master’s degree in communication science.

Grant brings an international edge to TNE and still resides in Amsterdam where he will be working remotely until he’s able to relocate home to the Rocky Mountains.

When he’s not working, Grant enjoys snowboarding, traveling, going to concerts, and keeping up with the Denver sports teams! We are looking forward to seeing the impact that Grant will have on our team. Welcome!

Talent Navigation Wins Prestigious Staffing Award


Clients of winning agencies are twice as likely to be completely satisfied.

Denver, Colorado – February 2, 2021 – Talent Navigation Experts, a leading staffing agency announced today that they have won the Best of Staffing Client Award for its commitment to exceptional service through a challenging year. Presented in partnership with presenting sponsor CareerBuilder and gold sponsors Indeed &,ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Award winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients.

Fewer than 2% of staffing agencies in the United States and Canada earned the designation, and Talent Navigation Experts received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 95.7% of their clients. This is significantly higher than the industry’s average of 38%.

The Talent Navigation team is incredibly humbled to receive this award for the 5th year. 2020 was a challenging and unusual year for everyone, but we are grateful for every client and candidate who has chosen to work with our team over the past year.

“After one of the most turbulent years in modern history, winners of the 2021 Best of Staffing award have proven their commitment to go above and beyond in support of their clients and placed talent,” said ClearlyRated’s CEO and Founder, Eric Gregg. “These service leaders have demonstrated their capacity to be agile, to be precise, and to prioritize the client and talent experience above all else. It is my honor to celebrate and showcase the 2021 Best of Staffing winners alongside feedback from their actual clients and placed talent on!”

About Talent Navigation Experts

Talent Navigation Experts is a boutique staffing firm in Denver that specializes in recruiting for IT, Accounting, and Finance positions. Our mission is to provide a world-class service for both companies and the top talent they want to recruit by filling contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire positions at all levels.

About ClearlyRated

Rooted in satisfaction research for professional service firms, ClearlyRated utilizes a Net Promoter® Score survey program to help professional service firms measure their service experience, build online reputation, and differentiate on service quality. Learn more at

About Best of Staffing
ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients and placed talent. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on—an online business directory that helps buyers of professional services find service leaders and vet prospective firms with the help of validated ratings and testimonials.

A Year in Review from the Talent Navigation Team

Happy 2021 from the TNE team! We finally made it. At the beginning of last year, there was no way our team could have predicted the events to occur. We outlined ambitious goals and dreamed up a record-breaking year of success and growth. A few months later… a global pandemic changed everything. It’s safe to say that 2020 wasn’t the year we had imagined, but the Talent Navigation team learned to adapt and navigate the new normal.

In our final meeting of 2020, our team reflected on the silver linings, the accomplishments we did make, and our successful transition to a remote workplace. We left that meeting optimistic for the new year and confident in the face of adversity!

Here are a few of our highlights:

  • Talent Navigation won the Best of Colorado, Best Staffing Firm in Colorado 2020 – an incredible honor that we were grateful to receive.
  • We hired two new members to our internal team. Jess Nathan is an incredible recruiter who hit the ground running, and Kelly Fitzgerald has been a reliable Accounting Specialist helping our team in more ways than expected.
  • TNE received the Best of Staffing Award for providing outstanding customer service to our client partners.
  • 4 of our teammates hit personal, internal goals earning the awards of Commander Club and Admiral Club.
  • We designed an annual social impact program to support our non-profit partner, SungateKids. In addition to the individual fundraising success our team participated in for the Top Golf Fundraiser, our company was able to give $12,134.87 by donating 1% of our gross margin back to this incredible organization.
  • Our team was awarded a Top Woman-Owned Company in Colorado (#51) by CoBiz Magazine.
  • TNE was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a top Permanent Placement and Temporary Placement Staffing Agency for 2020.

Despite a challenging year, the TNE team embraced virtual happy hours, socially-distanced teambuilding events, and new technologies to ensure we could rise above! 2021 may remain uncertain, but we are looking forward to what’s to come!

Pay it forward this holiday season!

This week was Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that encourages people to do good. Your social media feed may have been filled with individuals and businesses participating in various acts of kindness. You may have even participated in this yourself! Talent Navigation has been committed to supporting our local community since its inception. Although our team was not able to come together to volunteer in-person this fall, we have shared a few ways to pay it forward and be generous during this holiday season.

For the person who has a way with words:

  • Set up a video chat with some who is celebrating the holidays alone.
  • Write a positive review for your favorite local restaurant.
  • Comment something kind to someone you know on social media.
  • Give your co-worker a compliment!
  • Leave a note of encouragement on your kid’s school notebook.

For the person who loves to connect over a meal:

  • Send cookies to the new neighbor on your street.
  • Leave treats at your door for the people delivering packages this season.
  • Buy coffee for the person in line behind you.
  • Donate canned food to your local food bank.

For the person who volunteers their time to help others:

  • Deliver flowers or handmaid cards to your local nursing home.
  • Help someone learn a skill where you excel.
  • Relieve the stress of someone in your household by organizing a cluttered room in your house.

Despite this crazy year, we have a lot to be grateful for, and there are always ways to give back. Talent Navigation Experts is always looking for ways to support the Denver community, but our team is especially proud to be partners with local nonprofit, SungateKids.

SungateKids is a Colorado-based children’s advocacy agency, and they are recognized nationally for providing forensic interviews to child victims of crime. In an effort to support the mission of Sungate, our team has pledged to give 1% of our gross margin to this incredible organization annually.

During this season of giving, there are endless opportunities to give back, and the TNE team is truly proud to call SungateKids our long-term non-profit partner!

For more information about our philanthropic efforts, click here.