March 31, 2017

How To Describe Yourself In A Job Interview

No matter what type of job you are seeking, you will eventually have to go through a job interview before you become gainfully employed. Job interviews can be nerve wracking, but they are also your chance to let your personality shine and wow the job interviewer. Job interviews are kind of a make or break moment in the hiring process and you need to prepare for this moment before it’s too late.

Lone job seeker sits on chair while waiting for job interview

During a job interview, you’re going to get grilled with questions by a job interviewer. The interviewer’s job is to determine if you’re the right person for the job. They want to know if you will be a good fit for the company culture, a solid addition to the team, and a candidate who is capable of doing the job.

Are You The Best Job Candidate Ever?

In every job interview you’re going to have to answer questions that shine the spotlight on you – and you better have high quality responses ready to go. One of the most common questions that almost every job interviewer will ask is “how would you describe yourself” or “tell me about yourself.” Are you ready to answer this question?

When you’re faced with this question, don’t panic. Instead, brainstorm ways to describe yourself in a job interview right now. Feel free to use phrases like:

  • Go Getter
  • Goal Oriented
  • Top Performer
  • Driven To Achieve Great Things
  • Responsible
  • Team Player
  • People Person
  • Keen To Grow As A Professional
  • Customer Focused
  • Stay Positive Regardless Of The Situation
  • Plan To Exceed Your Expectations
  • Able To Adapt And Thrive
  • Can Think Outside Of The Box and Offer Unique Perspectives
  • Highly Motivated
  • Enthusiastic About (Fill In The Blank)

Of course, please don’t use any of these terms if you’re not saying them in a genuine, authentic, and sincere manner. It’s important to be you and that also means telling the truth no matter what.

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Don’t get nervous. Be confident. Think about your body language. Be ready to rattle off 3 to 5 positive positive things about yourself without skipping a beat. Feel free to use our list if these things apply to you. If not, brainstorm other ways to describe yourself in a job interview.

Like your elevator speech, you need to dial in your answers to common job interview questions before you need them. Give your responses some serious thought so that you’re ready to wow an interviewer, stand out from the crowd, and land the job.

Best of luck!

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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