Positive Words to Describe Yourself in an Interview

Updated on January 29, 2018
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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 person who has a job interview, the most difficult part is figuring out a list of positive descriptive words that best describe their personality.

Although it can be quite challenging to find the right words or phrases to use when it comes to describing yourself to the hiring managers, 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 our readers, as well.

List of Positive Descriptive Words

Adjectives That Start with

Letter A
Letter B
Letter 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

Letter D
Letter E
Letter 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

Letter G
Letter H
Letter 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

Letter K
Letter L
Letter 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

Letter N
Letter O
Letter 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

Adjectives That Start with

Letter R
Letter S
Letter 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

Letter U
Letter V
Letter 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

For a Leadership Position

Here’s a list of positive words and phrases which you should aim for in an interview.

 
 
 
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

For an Entry-Level Position

Here’s a list of positive words and phrases which you should aim for in an interview.

 
 
 
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.

Avoid these Words

 
 
 
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

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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.

Questions & Answers

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

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

© 2011 Oyewole Folarin

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      John 

      2 years ago

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

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      Frank Slovenec 

      6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      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

    • incomeguru profile imageAUTHOR

      Oyewole Folarin 

      6 years ago from Lagos

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

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      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.

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      Oyewole Folarin 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      @rfmoran, thanks for stopping by.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

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

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      Guanta 

      7 years ago from New York City

      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!

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      Sage Williams 

      7 years ago

      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

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      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.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very positive words to use in an interview.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      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.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Wish I had known when I was looking for work.

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      psychicdog.net 

      7 years ago

      Great positive - a lot of good words here. Thanks

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