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Describe Yourself --How difficult or easy is that, with regard to Job Interviews!

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Self improvement is an ongoing process throughout the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

Describe yourself-How easy or difficult is that?!
Describe yourself-How easy or difficult is that?! | Source

The FAQ In Interviews: "Tell Me About Yourself" or "Describe Yourself!"

© Chitrangada Sharan Dec. 2014

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  • It is only when you are asked this question that you start wondering--Can I describe myself within a few words and within a short time.
  • You may be knowing yourself pretty well, but when it comes to describing yourself, you might take a pause and think-----!!!.
  • Should I describe only my positive side or negative side as well?
  • Now everyone has some negative characteristics as well.---- Right?
  • But who wants others to know about them!
  • And if you start counting only your good characteristics before the interviewer, will it not sound like boasting or bragging?

Job interviews are like first dates
Job interviews are like first dates | Source

Prepare Yourself To Answer This Question If You Are Going To Face An Interview?

It is very important to prepare the answer to this particular question

What the interviewer wants from you is what others think about you and what kind of person you are.

How you perceive yourself and how others see you.

  • Make sure you have some carefully chosen adjectives in mind to answer this question.
  • These adjectives can be motivated, sincere, dedicated, ambitious, determined, independent, understanding, enterprising etc.
  • But you have to be cautious here and I was talking about this difficulty only in my opening paragraph.
  • Say what they want to listen but with a little modesty.
  • It is very important to sound convincing as well as modest.
  • It’s a bit difficult to describe yourself with the best available adjectives and yet sound humble.

Questions are the creative acts of intelligence

---Unknown

Tell me about yourself! Interview Question, source: You Tube

Prepare yourself to describe yourself
Prepare yourself to describe yourself | Source

Importance of "Describing Yourself!"

  • While many of us might say, " I do not bother, what others think about me."

But in reality we do want others to appreciate us. We want to behave perfectly and look perfect.

It does matter to us, what people think about us as a person.

  • We are so much interdependent on each other, both psychologically and socially.

It is because of this that this question, 'Describe yourself!' is so important.

And it is due to this that your future employer may ask you this question.

  • In the office, you work with different other people and most of the times, if not always like a team.

Each one may have a different personality with different capabilities.

  • Therefore they want to know, how your friends or acquaintances feel about you.

Are they comfortable with you?

Are you cooperative with them?

Are you a good listener in addition to being a good strategist?

Do you give importance to others ideas also along with your own?

Can you take difficult decisions and stick to them?

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.

----Bishop Creighton quotes

Prepare yourself for the cut throat competition
Prepare yourself for the cut throat competition | Source

Describing yourself is--

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What Can Be An Ideal Answer, To The Question, Tell Me About Yourself:

  • What is important is to make your answer intelligent and focus on positives of your personality.
  • Do not focus on your personality in personal life.
  • Your answers should sound like a business professional.
  • Your answer should convey the sentiment that you are adaptive, flexible and logical.
  • You should describe your self in such a way that they feel you are good in decision making, cooperative with others and will make others comfortable as well.
  • Do not give a long speech.
  • Be precise, crisp and effective.
  • And for this you will have to prepare what you have to say.

To Conclude:

Not only for interviews, you may be asked this question elsewhere.

While describing yourself, you should be honest and speak in a candid manner.

Make sure that you phrase your own words and not reproduce from somewhere.

Its important to be original and authentic.

Focus on those concerns that the company can appreciate and explain your points intelligently.

Last but not the least, 'Be natural and Be yourself!'

© Chitrangada Sharan 10th Dec. 2014

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How to answer the question, 'Tell me about yourself?." source: You tube

What are your weaknesses? Interview question, source: You tube

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nithya my friend!

      So nice of you to read this hub again. I am happy that this hub is relevant for many readers.

      Have an enjoyable weekend!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Came back to read again. Great points here to note and remember. We should not be stumped when they ask us to describe who we are. Thank you for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for reading and commenting!

      Appreciate you for stopping by and appreciating!

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This really is something to think about, as it could make a difference being chosen for anything in one's life. Good topic!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked the tips. Thanks for sharing as well!

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      vocalcoach 

      3 years ago

      Very good tips and useful

      This will be helpful for anyone going on an interview

      Thank you. Sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for your kind visit and comments!

      And you described about yourself very interestingly. Thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm a hot mess who tends to think before she acts and speaks while she listens. On some days. On the other days I'm a bit more calm :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked this hub as informative and useful.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      It is tough when you are asked such a question, you have given great pointers. Informative and useful hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Many thanks Dianna, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked the hub. You are right that some questions need prior planning and thought.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      Your tips will help those who interview to present a well organized image of themselves. It is good to think of these questions and to write answers so that you are prepared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you vespawoolf, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked this hub. Answering this question within a limited time accurately and effectively is slightly tricky. One must be honest and thoughtful.

      Appreciate your stopping by! Thanks!

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      vespawoolf 

      3 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are great reminders for job interviews. I do find it difficult to describe myself in such situations. I appreciate that you mention the need to be positive but also honest.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's an honest and interesting comment!

      To some extent, even I am unable to answer this question with ease.

      Thanks for reading the hub and your insightful comments!

      Have a good day!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Personally, I find this a very difficult dilemma. When asked to describe myself, I tend to experiment to find out what the reaction of others will be. I will say one thing to some people, and something entirely different to others! This tends to be problematic, as my inconsistency leaves others wondering just who I am at all!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I agree this is a tricky question and most expected, still needs a little forethought to answer.

      Glad you liked this hub and thanks for your votes!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting question and can be most difficult to describe oneself. You certainly gave me all I need to know here. Voted up!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you CisSp, for your kind visit and comments!

      You are so right that very tricky questions are being asked in job interviews. Sometimes people prepare so much and the questions asked are too simple or unexpected. In fact there is a test of presence of mind also in unexpected situations.

      Thanks for sharing your experience and thanks for voting up as well!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Harishprasadji, for your insightful comments, which have added more value to this hub. Thanks for sharing your rich, practical experience.

      Much of what I mentioned above is from what I hear from the young generation, especially my children who are in jobs.

      I am glad that you feel it will benefit the readers. Thanks for your votes and share!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Thelma Alberts, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for your support and you too have a great weekend.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AudreyHowitt, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Appreciate you for stopping by!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey Hunt, for reading and commenting!

      Its always a pleasure to read your comments.

      Glad you liked the hub. Thanks for sharing your experience with this question and also for voting up and sharing.

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is a very useful and informative hub. I dread going for job interviews just like what your quote said, "it's like going on a first date".

      I remember when my daughter went for an interview, she told me she was asked, "if you're an animal which animal would you be". Apparently, this kind of tricky question is being asked in relations to human behavior instead of simply asking a candidate to describe himself/herself.

      Voting up, useful and interesting.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      This is very useful stuff and how we present ourselves before others is like an art. If you are a professional in any field, your main focus, while being interviewed, must be on how you would be beneficial to the firm/office/group. The more you explain and convince to the satisfaction of the guys on interview penal, the much your chances are to be selected for the job.

      You may be asked about personal life, your likes, dislikes, your age, beliefs and hobbies. In this regard, you should not expand too much and restrict these to the bare minimum. While giving answers to these, you shouldn't sound chauvinistic, fanatic and egoistic.

      So these matters must be spoken of tactfully and intelligently. These questions, though unrelated to the profession or job, are meant to know your mental set up. So every one should take extra caution in this regard.

      Chitrangadasharan, while reading this hub, it struck me how I would be describing myself in such a situation. You have really penned a very thought provoking hub and it would be very beneficial to the guys in search of jobs. Voted up and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I hope I will not go to an interview again although I don´t mind being interviewed. This is a good advice. Well done! Have a great weekend!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Useful! And food for thought!!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I don't mind interviews and usually do well. This is probably because I've been an entertainer all my life and feel comfortable with others.

      Good hub with sound advice. Voted up and sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mary, for your kind visit and comments!

      I hope this is helpful to your son. My best wishes for his job search.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I'm happy I will never have to endure another interviews in my lifetime! I do have a 19 yr. old son who is looking right now for a job. I had him read this Hub!

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks manatita44 and Rajanji, for coming back to share your thoughts.

      I already feel blessed to have two noble souls visiting my hub. My respect and admiration to both of you.

      Thank you so much!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Rajanji, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I agree with you that we should be honest and truthful and speak in a candid manner, when answering this question.

      Thanks for your valuable feedback!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, manatita. Your comments humble me. A genuine person only appreciates the other. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

      Good to see you and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      Yes, Rajan.

      A good man, if Chitrangada permits me to say this here. I totally see you in this light. Thanks for the mention.

      Chitrangada once more thanks a lot for sharing your wisdom. Much peace

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great pointers to prepare an answer to the oft asked question especially in interviews. Like manatita, I am more of a heart person and I believe a genuine answer can always be picked out.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jodah, for stopping by!

      Glad to read your valuable comments! Same here when the question of describing self is asked. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you manatita44, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Nice to know the meaning of your name. Appreciate your valuable feedback.

      Thanks!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I always dreaded interviews Chitrangada. This was good advice and an informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      Interesting and very useful ideas. I'm more of a heart person. In fact, this is what my name means. I tend to use my heart and it works extremely well. Nice Hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MHiggins, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I have always found myself at a loss of words while trying to answer this question.

      Thanks for your support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Y es, its great that we don't have to face interviews now!

      I have always found it difficult to answer this question.

      Thanks billybuc and appreciate your stopping by!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ericdierker, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      You are right, this question is asked other than interviews and each time I find it difficult to answer.

      Glad you liked the hub!

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      Michael Higgins 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      This is a very good hub. I am still thinking about how I would describe myself. Very good insight.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am happy to announce that I will never have to sit through an interview again. How wonderful is that? :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent advice and a wonderful insight as to how we view ourselves in light of the outside world. Great reading for more than interviews.

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