Vol 14 No 1 (2023)

So, tell me about yourself: How Erving Goffman and symbolic interactionism help us answer a difficult job interview question

Josephine Choi
Athabasca University
Published July 26, 2022


Applying the theories of Erving Goffman and symbolic interactionism, the author of this essay demonstrates how everyday experiences – such as a job interview and a train ride – can be understood through an interesting theoretical lens. This essay is structured around the trick version of a classic job interview question “tell me about yourself”. Three possible answers are then further analyzed using Erving Goffman and symbolic interactionism.