How Do You Describe Yourself?

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Answering the interview question, "How do you describe yourself?" requires an understanding of the answer the interviewer expects, a sense of the company's culture and an ability to make a good impression. Interviewers asking this question want to know that a job candidate is articulate, confident and a good match for the company. When answering this question, it is also important to avoid specific pitfalls and wrong answers.

Good answers to this question include describing oneself as a "people person," listing recent accomplishments and focusing on what the interviewer wants to hear. It is best to answer by describing qualities that make an individual shine in a work environment, such as being detail-oriented, thinking creatively, being organized and solving problems.

The answer to the question, "How do you describe yourself?" should never be a life history or involve purely personal matters. Asking what the interviewer wants to know is also a poor response. Words to avoid in self-description include "passionate," which tends to sound hyperbolic; "independent," which makes a recruiter think a person is not a team player; "self-disciplined," because people who have this quality rarely describe themselves with the word, and "dynamic," which feels as if the speaker is trying too hard. It is also a good idea to avoid jargon that is ultimately meaningless in any self-description.