To tackle the very common investment banking interview question "Tell me about yourself" effectively, you must describe yourself in terms of the skills and competencies your prospective employer is looking for in candidates, and illustrate how and when you have demonstrated these skills and competencies during education or previous work experience.
Before your interviews, consider the core skills and key competencies that all investment bankers need to possess. For example, investment bankers need to be:
During (or after) your interview, your interviewer will almost certainly complete a sheet about your specific abilities, competencies and skill set. Make sure you "tick all the boxes" for your interviewer, in your interview.
Also, make sure that you are very clear about your CV. You should be able to talk about any experiences listed, and be able to answer any question that your interviewer may have about dates, activities, or anything else.
When introducing yourself at the start of this question, be yourself. Your interviewer wants to find out about your personality (and if you will be a personality "fit" within the company) as much as your skills, competencies and experiences.
Qualify your skill-set by using pertinent examples from your educational, life and work experiences. For example:
When walking your interviewer through your CV just give basic details of the job and then more detailed descriptions of the skills and competencies used and developed. If your interviewer is interested in a particular period of work or other experience from your CV they will ask you to tell them more. When the interviewer asks you follow on questions like this, give more detailed responses and explain what you enjoyed most.
To conclude your answer, explain that you think with all your skills and competencies you think you would make a great hire for the firm.