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How to Answer Describe Yourself During an Interview

It’s always important to prepare before an interview and have prepared answers to common questions such as “What are you biggest strengths” or “Why are you interested in working here?”. Another common interview question, that is a little more personal, is “how would you describe yourself?”. Here are some suggestions so you can answer this question with self-reflection. These tips will help the hiring manager get a glimpse of who you are as a person and if you’d be a good match for the role and company culture.


What are your qualities and traits?

A great way to begin thinking about answering this question is by listing out what your personality qualities and traits are. Of course, for this interview question you’ll want to focus only on the positive qualities you have and accomplishments you’ve achieved. Think about the things you excel at and what others have told you you’re good at. If you need help with this, ask friends and family members how they would describe you; they may offer some traits you hadn’t thought of.


Compare them to the job description

Now that you have a list of your positive qualities, accomplishments, and attributes, compare that to the job description and what the company you’re interviewing with is looking for. It’s important to try and tailor your answer to compliment the hiring requirements of the company. Are they looking for a self-starter? Someone organized? See if you have the qualities they are looking for and have your answer reflect that.


Practice and perfect

Once you have a general idea of your answer to this question, and how it compliments the job description, practice and perfect your answer. Generally, it’s best to keep your answers to interview questions fairly short and focused. LinkedIn recommends that “Answers for basic/introductory questions should be 30 to 90 seconds. Answers for behavioral questions should be at least 2 minutes but not more than 4 minutes.” The hiring manager wants a concise answer for why you’re the best person for the job and learn a little more about you, and if you’d fit in the company culture, during the process.

How to Answer Describe Yourself During an Interview

Tips for Starting Your Week Off Right

There are some weeks you start off energized and ready to take on anything that comes your way… and there are others when it feels like the exact opposite. On those Mondays, it can feel like you’re dragging, struggling to tackle your to-do list, and each task can feel like a chore. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. Having a bit of an attitude adjustment and doing things slightly different, can make a huge difference. Here are some suggestions to turn around those Monday ‘blahs’.


Figure out the reason

If you struggle every week at work, and it’s not just a temporary feeling, it may be time to rethink your job. Clarify what it is that’s bothering you – is it the work environment, not feeling challenged in your role, or not having a career path at your company? See if there is a way to improve the situation and if there’s not, you may want to move on and find another job.


Plan your day

Part of the reason you may find yourself struggling early in the week is that you’re still in weekend mode and don’t have your work life organized. It can be helpful in the morning to write out both a ‘must-do' list and a ‘to-do’ list. The must-do list is non-negotiables that need to happen that day. For your to-do list, write out several items in order of importance and see how many you can get done in a day, and move the ones that don’t get done that day, onto the next. This can also be a helpful exercise to help you determine how productive your day or week is.


Think about what you’re excited about

While it’s important to be realistic and think about what you need to accomplish, also think about your upcoming day/week and what exciting things you have planned. They don’t need to be work-related, but ideally, you’ll find something you’re looking forward to at work as well. Thinking about the positive and exciting things you have ahead can help shift your mood.


Make someone else happy

See if there is a way to ‘pay it forward’ and make someone else’s day at work. Doing things for others can greatly improve your happiness and sense of purpose in life. It doesn’t need to be anything big. Maybe bring a co-worker their favorite drink in the morning, pay a compliment to someone, or do something nice for a customer. Giving back to your community in some way every day will go a long way in boosting your overall happiness.


Having a morning routine

Starting your day off on the right note can determine the outcome for the day. Think about what your ideal morning would be and if there is anyway to bring some of that to your weekday mornings. Perhaps it’s waking up slowly while having a cup of coffee, followed by a quick workout listening to your favorite music. You may feel you don’t have any spare time in the morning, but even something like listening to a few of your favorite songs on your commute to work can help bring some light and happiness to your day.

Tips for Starting Your Week Off Right