An example of a self description is: "I am reliable, honest, easy-going and a good friend. People I know routinely ask me for advice on relationships, work and family issues. I consider myself to be a hard worker and I take pride in having a stellar attendance record at my job. I also always try to be considerate of other people's time, so being punctual is important to me."
People are commonly asked to give self descriptions when they are applying for a new job or an internship. Employers are often interested in how a person views himself and the qualities that he thinks may make him a good candidate for the job. It may be easier for a person to write down a few thoughts about himself on a job application than it is to come up with a few self-descriptive words on the spot during a face-to-face interview. When beginning a job search, it may be a good idea to jot down a short self description and memorize it. This way, when a potential employer asks this question, the answer can be given in a smooth and easy manner. When answering the question, be positive, confident and realistic, but don't try to make the description sound too perfect or untrue.