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Positive Words to Describe Yourself in an Interview

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The best words and adjectives to use to describe yourself during a job interview.

The best words and adjectives to use to describe yourself during a job interview.

Positive Words to Describe Yourself With in a Job Interview

Your fascinating cover letter and the phrases that you used to describe your skills and professional experience in your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) have impressed the recruiter of the organization to which you have applied for a job. Now that your potential employers have found what they are looking for in your CV and you have been scheduled for an interview, do you have a list of positive adjectives you would use to describe yourself in a job interview?

Being able to identify some positive adjectives that describe you accurately when used in the proper context is very important for passing a job interview successfully. For a job applicant, the most difficult part is figuring out a list of positive descriptive words that best describe their personality.

This article will give you some ideas for words that best describe your skills, qualities, and positive traits.

If you have any other positive descriptive words, please put them in the comments’ box so you can help other readers, as well.

List of Positive Descriptive Words

Positive Adjectives That Start With A, B, C

Letter ALetter BLetter C

Achiever

Balanced

Calm

Adaptable

Believable

Candid

Agreeable

Beneficent

Capable

Alluring

Benevolent

Caring

Altruistic

Benign

Cautious

Active

Bighearted

Charming

Ambitious

Boundless

Charismatic

Approachable

Brave

Cheerful

Aspiring

Bright

Clever

Assertive

Brilliant

Courageous

Attentive

Businesslike

Courteous

Assiduous

Blithe

Cordial

Attentive

Bouncy

Conservative

Affectionate

Brainy

Conscious

Amiable

Bubbly

Coherent

Analytical

 

Comfortable

Appreciative

 

Compassionate

Articulate

 

Confident

Ardent

 

Conscientious

Auspicious

 

Cooperative

Arty

 

Creative

Active

 

Credible

Adept

 

Competent

Accomplished

 

Cultured

Artistic

 

Collaborative

Avid

 

Constructive

Agile

 

Competitive

Adjectives That Start With D, E, F

Letter DLetter ELetter F

Dazzling

Eager

Fabulous

Decisive

Earnest

Facilitator

Decorous

Easy-going

Fair

Delightful

Eclectic

Faithful

Dependable

Efficient

Fantastic

Detailed

Elated

Fascinating

Determined

Elegant

Flawless

Devoted

Eloquent

Flexible

Diligent

Elusive

Focused

Diplomatic

Eminent

Forgiving

Direct

Enchanting

Friendly

Discreet

Encouraging

Functional

Dynamic

Endurable

Funny

Dutiful

Energetic

Futuristic

Desirable

Entertaining

Factual

Devout

Enthusiastic

Forthright

Desire-to-Learn

Enterprising

Frank

Down-to-Earth

Entrepreneurial

Fervent

Diverse

Excited

Foresighted

Discerning

Excellent

Forward-Thinking

Dauntless

Exclusive

Fun

 

Extroverted

 

 

Expressive

 

 

Exuberant

 

Adjectives That Start With G, H, I

Letter GLetter HLetter I

Gallant

Habitual

Impartial

Generous

Hale

Imaginative

Genuine

Happy

Incredible

Genius

Hard-Working

Industrious

Gentle

Hearty

Initiator

Gifted

Harmonious

Intellectual

Glorious

Helpful

Inspirational

Goodhearted

Hilarious

Insightful

Genial

Honest

Illustrious

Glad

Honorable

Instinctive

Good

Hospitable

Intense

Goal-Oriented

Humble

Intelligent

Good-Natured

Humane

Inventive

Adjectives That Start With K, L, M

Letter KLetter LLetter M

Kind

Laudable

Magnanimous

Kindhearted

Learned

Mature

Knowable

Leader

Meaningful

Knowledgeable

Lighthearted

Mediator

Keen

Like-Minded

Merciful

Kindly

Literate

Methodical

 

Lively

Meticulous

 

Logical

Mindful

 

Loyal

Motivated

 

Liberal

Multi-Talented

Adjectives That Start With N, O, P

Letter NLetter OLetter P

Nice

Obedient

Painstaking

Noble

Objective

Patient

Normal

Observant

Peaceful

Noteworthy

Original

Perceptive

Nurturing

Omniscient

Persuasive

Nationalistic

Open

Personable

 

Open-Minded

Persistent

 

Optimistic

Perky

 

Organized

Penitent

 

Outgoing

Passionate

 

 

Placid

 

 

Plausible

 

 

Pleasant

 

 

Productive

 

 

Political

 

 

Proactive

 

 

Proficient

 

 

Protective

 

 

Purposeful

 

 

Punctual

How to describe yourself positively and powerfully when applying for a job.

How to describe yourself positively and powerfully when applying for a job.

Adjectives That Start With R, S, T

Letter RLetter SLetter T

Rational

Sane

Tactful

Realistic

Scintillating

Talented

Receptive

Scrupulous

Tasteful

Reflective

Selective

Teachable

Regardful

Sensible

Team player

Resolute

Sensitive

Tenacious

Results-Driven

Sincere

Thoughtful

Results-Oriented

Skillful

Thrifty

Reasonable

Sociable

Tireless

Respectful

Splendid

Tolerant

Responsible

Steadfast

Trustworthy

Resourceful

Stimulating

Truthful

 

Supportive

Thorough-Going

 

Self-Starter

Team-Centered

Adjectives That Start With U, V, W

Letter ULetter VLetter W

Unbiased

Valuable

Warm

Unconventional

Venturesome

Wary

Understanding

Viable

Watchful

Unimpeachable

Vibrant

Well-Behaved

Unique

Vigilant

Well-Balanced

Unruffled

Vigorous

Well-Informed

Unselfish

Virtuous

Willing

Upbeat

Visionary

Wise

Upright

Voluble

Witty

Other Useful Descriptive Words and Phrases to Use in an Interview

Adventurous

Fair

Philosophical

Considerate

Gregarious

Unassuming

Astonishing

Moderate

Mild

Meek

Positive

Authentic

Emotional

Easygoing

Just

Versatile

Quiet

Merciful

Modest

Wonderful

Lenient

Xenodochial

Good-Humored

Customer-Oriented

Fun-Loving

Social Consciousness

Self-Disciplined

Real

Well Organized

Kindhearted

Quick-Learner

Well adjust to changes

Efficient team player

Multi-Tasking

Self-Motivated

Self-Confident

Team player

Quick goal achiever

Self-Diligent

Self-Disciplined

Self-Starter

Participatory

Problem solver

Eager to learn

Easily adapt to changes

Self-Assured

Committed to hard-working

Silent achiever

Good thinker

Positive Ideas thinker

Creative thinker

Target driven

Action-Oriented

Self-Motivated

Well knowledgeable

Broad-minded

Highly intelligent

Self-reliant

Good listener

Great Team Player

Prompt

Customer-Focused

Team-Centered

Positive Words to Use When Applying for a Leadership Position

 

 

 

Analytical

Enabler

Mediator

Ability to delegate

Energetic

Organized

Ability to teach

Engaged

Passionate

Assertive

Entrepreneurial

Patient

Businesslike

Fair

Proactive

Creative

Focused

Problem-Solver

Conscious

Honest

Professional

Courageous

Imaginative

Reasonable

Decisive

Initiator

Resourceful

Dedicated

Inspirational

Team-Oriented

Emotionally intelligent

Inventive

Team-Spirit

Self-Starter

Visionary

Well-Balanced

Self-Reliant

Vibrant

Results-Oriented

Innovative

Cost effective

Customer-Focused

Positive Descriptions to Use for an Entry-Level Position

 

 

 

Ability to learn quickly

Hard-Working

Reliable

Assiduous

Honest

Responsible

Attentive

Industrious

Respectful

Cheerful

Loyal

Sincere

Committed

Methodical

Team player

Confident

Productive

Trustworthy

Conscientious

Curious

Upright

Fast learner

Earnest

Upbeat

 

Desire-to-Learn

 

30 Words You Should Never Use

Avoid these negative words in an interview to give yourself the chance of getting the job you’re hoping will get you employed.

Words to Avoid During a Job Interview

 

 

 

Belligerent

Forgetful

Quack

Benighted

Insensitive

Rambunctious

Brutal

Irregardless

Scornful

Careless

Irresponsible

Tense

Cowardly

Lazy

Try

Cruel

Mad

Uncivil

Deceitful

Meaningless

Vicious

Domineering

Naive

Wayward

Hate

Parsimonious

Weak

Heedless

Passive

Wicked

If you have any positive descriptive words which someone can use in a job interview, simply suggest by leaving a comment below. Also, don’t forget to bookmark this list because you might need them for future reference when you're invited for an interview.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: Is there any words to describe myself that start with the letter Y?

Answer: Here are few descriptive words you might find helpful: yearnful, youthful, yeomanly, yieldable, youngish, youngling.

© 2011 Oyewole Folarin

Comments

John on January 27, 2016:

I was really amaze to those collections of words.It is really helpful,two thumbs up!

Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on June 14, 2012:

I have hired 100's of people one the years in business. I wish they would have had this advice. An interviewee honestly presenting their strengths in good words is important and memorable. The other piece is knowing the interviewer and the culture of the company so the interviewee is using the right words to describe their strengths. Well done

Oyewole Folarin (author) from Lagos on June 11, 2012:

Hi Jpcmc, thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comment.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 10, 2012:

More than just knowing the words, it's really important to use them in the proper context. I've read resumes that have been drenched with too many adjectives that they lose their appeal. Also, I'm not a huge fan of too many fancy words to describe one's self. Of course these key words and adjectives provide an applicant with a host of alternative words to use. But in the end, using them properly is what counts.

Oyewole Folarin (author) from Lagos on May 18, 2012:

@rfmoran, thanks for stopping by.

Russ Moran - The Write Stuff from Long Island, New York on May 18, 2012:

Excellent Hub on an important issue for anyone planning an interview.

Guanta from New York City on June 13, 2011:

Thank you incomeguru, this is an excellent list. I am now retired but I can stil use these words to describe who I am when. Excellent work!

Sage Williams on May 31, 2011:

Most helpful hub, love the collection of words that you have chosen. You did an awesome job on this hub. Voted UP! Thanks for sharing.

Sage

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 31, 2011:

I find this to be overall very helpful and informative.

However, I must say that I have conducted quite a few interviews in my experience. They are for professional Nursing positions, just to give a background.

I would be extremely turned off if a candidate were to tell me that their strengths were: romantic,splendid, smiling, obedient,funny, nice, placid... I believe we need to determine the setting we are in before making a response. Using phrases like a good sense of humor, ability to get along with all personality styles, compassionate can say the same things in a more polished manner.

This is a great article to get us thinking about how to present ourselves in a more positive light, as we all have strengths.

Voted UP & USEFUL- thank you.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on May 30, 2011:

Very positive words to use in an interview.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on May 29, 2011:

You know - words are very, very powerful. An observant person can often get TONS of information about someone from little things that they say online or in print.

I really wish I were a master body language interpreter - kinda like that character on the tv show "The Mentalist."

Excellent advice here - I know you are right. I'm pretty guilty of negativity describing myself. I tend to try to disarm people by being self deprecating, and giving whoever I'm talking to the "feel good" from it. I wonder how much I am affected by my own techniques though.

In the end, and I'm looking for the word, maybe "team mate" (two words) works well for me. I have the ability to like most everyone. If for instance, you are someone that most people don't like, then I'd be the guy that spoke well of you, and brought up your positive characteristics in conversation. I'm sort of an underdog supporter. I'm pretty certain that if I'd met Ted Bundy, then I'd have probably thought that he was a great guy - but lots of folks thought that.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 28, 2011:

Great hub, very helpful. Your lists of words is outstanding. Thank you.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 28, 2011:

Outstanding collection of words! I'm impressed! Thank you for the hub!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on May 28, 2011:

Wish I had known when I was looking for work.

psychicdog.net on May 28, 2011:

Great positive - a lot of good words here. Thanks