How to Describe Yourself During a Job Interview
"How Would You Describe Yourself?"
When you are asked this question in an interview, you may start wondering, "How can I describe myself with just a few words?" You may know yourself pretty well, but when it comes to describing yourself, you might need to stop and think!
Should you describe only your positive aspects or your negative ones as well? Now, everyone has some negative characteristics—right? But who wants others to know about them? At the same time, if you only tell the interviewer about your good characteristics, won't it sound like boasting or bragging?
Questions are the creative acts of intelligence.— Unknown
What Is the Ideal Answer?
It's important to answer intelligently and focus on the positives of your personality.
- Do not focus on what you're like in your personal life; you should sound like a business professional.
- Your answer should convey that you are adaptive, flexible and logical.
- You should describe yourself as being good at the decision-making process, cooperating well with others and making others comfortable.
- Do not give a long speech. Your answer should be precise, crisp and effective.
To achieve these things, you will have to prepare what to say in advance.
How to Prepare for the Question
It‘s very important to prepare your answer to this particular question before you go in for an interview. When the interviewer asks you this, he/she wants to know what kind of person you are. But keep in mind that how you perceive yourself and how others see you may be two different things.
Make sure you have some carefully chosen adjectives in mind to answer this question. For example, good adjectives to use might include the following:
Be cautious here to avoid sounding boastful. This may be difficult, as I mentioned in my opening paragraph, since it's not easy to describe yourself with impressive adjectives and still sound humble. Try to show a little modesty—it‘s very important to sound both convincing and modest.
The Importance of Describing Yourself
Many of us might say, "I don't care what other people think about me." But, in reality, we do want others to appreciate us. We want to behave perfectly and look perfect. It does matter to us what other people think. We are so interdependent on each other, both psychologically and socially.
It‘s because of this that the question "How would you describe yourself?" is so important. And it's also why your future employer may ask you this question.
In the office, you work with many different people, and most of the time—if not always—you work in a team. Each team member will likely have a different personality and different capabilities. Therefore, the interviewer may want to know how your friends or acquaintances feel about you.
- Are they comfortable with you?
- Are you cooperative with them?
- Are you a good listener, in addition to being a good strategist?
- Do you consider other peoples' ideas and input along with your own?
- Can you make difficult decisions and stick to them?
The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.— Bishop Creighton
Be Original, Be Authentic and Be Yourself
This advice is not only for a job interview, since you may be asked this question elsewhere as well. While describing yourself, you should be honest and speak in a candid manner. Make sure that you choose your own words and don't copy your answer from someone else. It’s important to be original and authentic.
Try to focus on those concerns that the company can appreciate, and explain your points intelligently. Last, but not least, be natural and be yourself.
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