I have always struggled a bit with job interviews, and I feel its the first question ''tell me about your self'' that is putting me off. I usually begin with where I live, what I study, what I like to do in my spare time. I feel like the recruiter wants to hear something more.
Do you have any advice on how to answer that question the best?
I'd recommend scripting out what to say. It will come in handy throughout your life.
"I am from ____ and have made it my home. In my spare time I enjoy (something active) because ___. I also spend time (volunteering) with __ _____ which has taught me about __. I enjoy (your line of work) because it combines my ability to __ and my passion for _____. I'm really happy to be here today and to have the chance to learn about your company, and how that intersects with my occupation"
PS, if you aren't doing volunteer work, start. Give back.