Is it just only me that I find this type of question is a bit tricky, yet bit useless too? I've been to three interviews in the past week and all of them asked me the same thing when we started our interviews and too bad that I think i've failed all of the interviews because of this question! The reason being that is because I find that I probably don't know how to 'sell' myself and make good impression to the interviewers, but I don't believe so!
I still vividly remember the best interview I had and produced great outcome was from one of my previous jobs 5 years ago. The HR manager was basically so 'into' my resume that she specifically asked technical questions about the my skills and how I handled specific situations, tasks, etc. Of course at that time I also did an intro about "tell me about yourself" , but she was so diligent in going thru everything and made the interview process went so smoothly and I was able to confidently talk thru about work, experience and myself. However, that's not the case with the recent interviews that I've been to, they all seemed went flat after I did an intro about myself and wasn't too keen on asking technical/behavioural questions, and didn't even care on investigating stuff that might be related to the role they're advertising. I've practiced (and memorised) a number of times how to present myself in a nice way, but sometimes (and sadly) interviews is also about interviewers guessing whether an interviewee would click with them or not (sometimes they are after specific character and personality i.e, mature and quiet or young and bright, or not so serious, etc). I believe all of the potential jobs that I've gone to the interviews to are the ones that match my interest and skills. I probably need some skills to 'lead' the interviews, instead of letting interviewers who are not already interested in me from the first time we shake hand to lead the interviews and things are likely to go downhill. So i'd need advice and tips about that!