There are many questions the interviewer might ask you in a job interview, but one of the questions many people have trouble with is: “How would you describe yourself?”.
There are a few ways to answer this question, and I agree that it’s a bit tough-talking about yourself when other people ask you. If you find it easy to talk about yourself you might find that it’s an easy question to answer, but if you find it difficult to talk about yourself then these tips could be useful. Check out the list below and take what you believe might work and don’t worry about the rest. It’s important to make sure that you’re comfortable with your response, and you don’t just say things if you feel as though it’s not just you.
1. Put your answer in a positive light. Make sure that you talk about yourself with a positive attitude. If you put yourself down it can seem as though you’ve got less confidence. And confidence is something that you want to make sure you’ve got plenty of! It’s sometimes a good idea to mention some kind of attribute that might be a bad point, like “I sometimes work too much” because although this is negative to you, it can be seen as a positive attribute in the workplace. Even mentioning that you have a great social life can be a positive attribute if you’re in an interview for a sales position, or some kind of people position.
2. Use the same language as the person who’s interviewing you. It’s a proven fact that people like other people who are similar to them. If you can make it seem as though you’re similar to the person who’s interviewing you then you’ll be sure to be in their favor. You can even do a bit of searching to find out what kinds of things they like, and then use this as ammunition to help describe yourself. Say something like: “I like spending time outside, in fact, I think you mentioned that you also enjoy bush-walking?” This is a great way to build rapport with your interviewer.
3. Mention previous experiences and skills that are relevant to the job you’re going for. Use this to describe how some of the things you already do in life are suitable for the job you’re going to be going for. This is a great way to get more information across rather than waiting for another opportunity to talk about it.