How would you describe yourself as a person?

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suji  

  • Member Since Sep-2005 | 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

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tanmay

  • Jul 5th, 2005
 

i am basically a simple , adjusting and funloving person, whom others consider as sincere and friendly too.But they also consider me as modest, and i dont know whether i am all this.

meghna

  • Jul 15th, 2005
 

I would describe myself as a very ambitious , hardworking and sincere girl.I am enthusiastic about taking up new challenges in life.Friendly and joyful is what my friends would describe me as.

I consider my self as a hardworking and apitious person . Programming is a major part of my life , and so I spend most of the day Reding and searching and downloading ready code .. At my free time , I like solely walks , eating Ice cream , and listening to Music .

upendra

  • Dec 24th, 2005
 

hi this upender,

very nice reply about yourself, myself i want to say , can you give me any suggestion for that.

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T.Prasad

  • Aug 10th, 2006
 

Hi

This is prasad , i can describe my self as I am a cool and self-confident guy with a predetermined goal to fulfill my objective.  I believe in Hardwork and Sincerity which should be backed by gud character and discipline which r necessary for anyone to reach his/her goals.  I feel that im having them.

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sanjaysaxenap

  • Sep 14th, 2007
 

I consider my self as a hardworking and apitious person . Programming is a major part of my life , and so I spend most of the day Reding and searching and downloading ready code .. At my free time , I like solely walks , eating Ice cream , and listening to Music .

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I would like to describe myself as a very straight forward person who likes to take things in his stride in a very level headed manner. Life is quite exciting to me as it has galores of opportunities and experiences to offer and I feel one should always make the right use of it. I am adventurous by nature for I like to take up new challenges. It gives me the zeal and impetus to work towards excellence. One thing I firmly believe in is that one should always strive towards individual betterment, in whichever form it may be. Therefore I'm never tired of beginning where others end.

"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

Jayaprakash

  • Jul 25th, 2011
 

I would describe myself as a CURIOUS,OBSERVANT and SHARING person. Curious in finding errors and solving problems,learning new things. As a Observant learn things from others and last Sharing defines to share things wt i know from learning and from others. Theses 3 objectives describe my good attitude.

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tracy prendergast

  • Sep 27th, 2011
 

i would describe myself as an honest person, genuine, hard working and easy to get along with.

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Dee

  • Dec 6th, 2011
 

I am very detailed oriented, loyal and committed. Most importantly, I am focused and I always bring strong work ethics in my profession.

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mithr17

  • Dec 7th, 2011
 

Adding to Suji's answer...

You can also give an example of how you recognized your weakness or an issue within you and how you saw it as an opportunity to proactively learn something new and now it doesn't haunt you anymore. This shows that you have integrity, proactiveness, honesty, etc. that sums up all without you giving a big list. Sell your personal and professional facets with your answer.

salman samdani

  • Mar 11th, 2012
 

How would you describe yourself as a person?

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neha

  • Mar 15th, 2012
 

I would myself as a very simple, adjusting, hardworking, funloving person and sincere and friendly too.

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mendy

  • 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 living with my parents. My life is like drama. On 2010 I went to the holiday drawing contest ages 10-18 and drew this red heart shaped box with hearts coming out.. it looked great!! I have much free time and I spend it reading, making stories and writing them, doing crafts, or hanging out with friends. I love reading facts , though it consumes a lot of time. I am thankful and happy to be me!

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nand kishore negi

  • 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...

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Linda Schinness

  • Nov 18th, 2014
 

gracious, kind and considerate of others.

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