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How would you describe yourself as a person?

Asked By: Interview Candidate | Asked On: Jul 25th, 2005

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Member Since Sep-2005 | Answered On : Apr 3rd, 2011

"Describe yourself!", This question is almost invariably asked in the majority of interviews, and just as invariably answered dismally! What does one say and why do we always seem so flustered by the question? Because we have always been taught by our parents and respected elders not to boast or talk about ourselves.

With a childhood full of such repressive advice, its not surprising that the majority of us begin the answer with a stammer and a blush, almost instantly changing from flash to foolish and ruining our chances of employment.

So what do we say? Frankly, just answer the question as it comes. Most disconcerted candidates dread this question and begin with a silly "Basically, my name is ...". Why don't we realize that our CV is there right in front of the interviewer, and he knows this already.

By repeating the stuff that fills our CV, we just demonstrate that we are an 'in-the-box' kind of person, with little if any skill in innovation and presentation.

Actually, a question of this kind is an ideal way to plug in everything we want to say about ourselves that we had leave out of the CV. If you have attended a premier institution, say that the institution taught you much more than the degree it awarded you, mention people who influenced you, talk about the books you like reading, your hobbies and your other interests.

Talk about your strengths; perhaps mention an instance when you used your conflict resolution skills or selling skills or whatever. But make certain that it does not sound like blowing your trumpet. Mention these instances as learning.

Tall about your weaknesses, but make sure that they are 'positive' weaknesses. For instance you could say that that you sometimes pay more attention to detail than is warranted. You can openly confess a tendency to be impatient with team members who cannot carry their own weight, or who cannot contribute sufficiently.

But first, think today what you want to say and practice. Remember, if you hesitate about yourself, your interviewers will doubt whether you fit their bill of requirements. After all, if you don't know about you, who does?

How to describe yourself

Answered by: nand kishore negi on: Apr 28th, 2014

Hi, iam Nand Kishore negi.. i am ambitious n like to travel by deciding goal earlier. Iam a good listener, observer n team player. Iam not outspoken but friendly n fun loving...

Answered by: mendy on: Aug 23rd, 2012

Hi, i am Mendy and I am amused by art so I am taking an art class. I want to be a kindergarten Teacher because I have learned the skills of taking care and teaching any child. I am also single and is ...

Special circumstances

Asked By: sumit3580 | Asked On: Jun 3rd, 2009

Have there been any special circumstances that have helped or hindered you in doing your job this yeAR, if yes how did they affect your work and what were the circumstances.

Answered by: sandra on: Oct 13th, 2013

Have there been any special circumstances that have helped or hindered you in doing your job this year? If yes, what were the circumstances and how did they affect your work?

What do you consider to be your greatest achievements to date? Why?

Asked By: Interview Candidate | Asked On: Jul 4th, 2005

Answered by: pia on: Feb 16th, 2013

My greatest achievement , is all that I do to lead myself in this community.

Answered by: deepti on: Jul 4th, 2005

All the achievements i made till date are equally dear to me but if asked my greatest achievement i would say it is the art of handling myself and others in today' times when it is actually very dufficult to cope up with everybody.

Find bugs in this webpage

Asked By: Anu_V | Asked On: Sep 21st, 2012

Can you all give me maximum bugs in the webpage? Could be functional / u. Anything and everything. http://triangle.Kirton.Org.Uk - is the webpage.

Answered by: NORMA RUIZ on: Oct 3rd, 2012

COULD BE FUNCTIONAL. N/A

Succession planning

Asked By: sumit3580 | Asked On: Jun 3rd, 2009

Do you feel succession planning is necessary? Indicate the steps you would take to train a successor.

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 8th, 2011

I think succession planning need not be done when you decide to join another company. It should be done from day one because you wont be stagnant in your position - no one will! My response to the qu...

Make yourself indispensable

Asked By: vijith | Asked On: Sep 27th, 2010

How do you make yourself indispensable to a company?

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 8th, 2011

I agree with "karen." Adding to her answer, I would like to say one needs to stay humble no matter how knowledgeable or rich one may be. You may be the most knowledgeable person in your job, but if a...

Answered by: karen on: Sep 5th, 2011

learn a lot! and accept the position your in! This man that cleaned the gym i work out in did so with such pride and energy you could see... nobody would want to replace him.... Everybody is repl...

Three are three vending machines. One delivers apple, second orange and third can deliver apple/orange when a coin is dropped in the machine. These machines are not yet labelled. Find out what is the...

Asked By: viveksri71 | Asked On: Jun 24th, 2007

Answer is not yet known to me.

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 8th, 2011

The answer is 5 coins. Reasoning: For the sake of simplicity, I will name the machines as 1,2 and 3. At this stage, I do not know which machine give what fruits. I drop a coin in each of the machines...

Heavy work load

Asked By: vijith | Asked On: Sep 27th, 2010

Tell about a time when your work load was heavy. How did you complete your work?

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 7th, 2011

The interviewer is asking for an example not for a vague answer. That's why the question contains "..about a time.." I'm sure in your experience, you should have had a time when you had lots of work ...

Answered by: shraisy on: Sep 3rd, 2011

Prioritization, multitasking and time management are the characteristics one must possess as it is the vital requirement of this position. I am proficient in prioritizing my tasks on a regular basis and then performing multitasking as per the need of the time.

Job performance

Asked By: hanialex | Asked On: Jul 18th, 2008

What were some of your things about your last job that you found most difficult to do?

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 7th, 2011

I would talk about my weakness in terms of technical skills. This question is a trap to see if the candidate fowl mouths their previous company, or managers or colleagues. If you are a QA or a Dev te...

Answered by: ssridhar on: Aug 9th, 2008

I never found anything very difficult but achieving goal within a short period was a bit difficult is what I would say.

Value addition

Asked By: praval_srivastava | Asked On: May 29th, 2008

What value addition did you brought to your company

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 7th, 2011

Please realize this is another way of asking "what do you as a potential employee bring to the table?" Take this as an opportunity to sell your strengths. In today's world, hard-work is 40% where as ...

Answered by: gpeter on: Feb 23rd, 2010

I gave my hardwork, I respected my company's vision and mission, I never missed deadlines, I gave innovative ideas.

Important characteristics and abilities

Asked By: S0me_Gir1 | Asked On: Dec 4th, 2007

What do you think are the most important characteristics and abilities a person must possess to be successful? How do you rate yourself in those areas?

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 7th, 2011

Do not take this personally, I'm trying to make you think instead of giving you a tailored answer. I have prefer people coming up with answers instead of taking tailored answers on the face of it. Le...

Answered by: shaliniravi on: Jul 3rd, 2008

According to me honesty is the best characteristics a person must possess

Personal strengths

Asked By: kh_gunjan | Asked On: Sep 28th, 2009

What do you think are your personal strengths and what are the areas where you need to improve as an individual?

Answered by: Dee on: Dec 6th, 2011

My personal strengths are that I am very motivated and organized. I am confident that with my skills and ability I can make reach or exceed realistic goals. I need to improve, as an individual, bein...

Answered by: Neelu_8 on: Nov 27th, 2011

I would say my personal strengths are I am well Organized and am flexible in understanding the changes and following them according to the priority. I have good communication skills and Problem solvin...

Self assessment

Asked By: hanialex | Asked On: Jul 18th, 2008

How will you judge yourself successful? How will you achieve success?

Answered by: dEE on: Dec 6th, 2011

Success for me is obtaining the position in my career where I can have total hands on. For me there is always more goals to reach, for success comes with lots of dedication. I plan on reaching my su...

Answered by: ssridhar on: Aug 9th, 2008

No one is completely successfull, there is always a next level to aim for, so I thing a good dedication + hard work will make us to go higher & to reach the next level of success.

Job satisfaction

Asked By: sumit3580 | Asked On: Jun 3rd, 2009

What would help you to do your job better and provide greater job satisfaction?

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 7th, 2011

This would be my answer:
- team I work with
- Great manager who believes in mentoring TMs and helping them to achieve their goals. Manager who trusts and gives me flexibility to get creative.
- Salary and benefits that rewards my creativity.
- Flexible hours; work from home facility.

Answered by: Dee on: Dec 6th, 2011

For me job satisfaction is obtained by performing your job description to the best of your ability. Once you are equipped with the knowledge needed, it's all gravy!

How would you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Asked By: Neelu_8 | Asked On: Nov 17th, 2011

As you are test engineer with around 4 years of experience in manual and automation testing, how would you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 5th, 2011

Let's deal with your original question - where do you see yourself in next 5 yrs? You still haven't told me which path you want to go. Are you interested in being a BA or manager of some sort? You ha...

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 5th, 2011

Why should we hire you? Take this as an opportunity to sell your professional profile. In the above response, you mentioned - Writing test cases which finds good quality bugs This is THE most import...

Briefly describe your ideal job?

Asked By: zameer salim | Asked On: Aug 4th, 2007

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Answered by: akshay_shah3000

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Member Since Jul-2008 | Answered On : Jul 29th, 2008

A job that allows me to grow in the organization
A job where I can make a positive contribution to the growth of the firm
A job that is so interesting that I am motivated to continue educating myself to be the best that I can be in the field.

Answered by: mithr17 on: Dec 7th, 2011

Adding to above answers..

Ideal job keeps you motivated and makes you look forward to going to work.

Answered by: donaldohon on: Apr 11th, 2011

-A job that allows me to grow in the Organisation.-A job where I can make a positive contribution to the growth of the Company.-A job that is so interesting that I am motivated to continue educating myself to be the best that I can be in the field.

What kind of things do you feel most confident in doing?

Asked By: Interview Candidate | Asked On: Jul 16th, 2005

Answered by: alicia88 on: Jul 14th, 2010

Satisfying customers and getting the job done.

Answered by: krissy on: Sep 24th, 2008

I strive on information and details that contributes to my success. I always search on how and what to do to survive and to achieve my goals in life. I am success-driven.

What are your strengths and weaknesses

Asked By: Aashish | Asked On: Nov 14th, 2006

Answered by: sheikah on: Apr 22nd, 2010

My greatest strength is my family love and support.My weakness is being away from them.

Answered by: vvivek1986 on: Jan 19th, 2010

Strength: I am self confident and try to do work till its completion.Weakness: Sometimes I put myself involved so deeply in the work that my friends and family use to complain that I dont have time for them.

Role of empathy

Asked By: harshakm | Asked On: Nov 12th, 2009

How do you see that empathy greatly affects an individual's work in a company?

Greatest accomplishment

Asked By: kh_gunjan | Asked On: Sep 28th, 2009

Within the limits of your experience to-date, what has given you the greatest sense of accomplishment and why?

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