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How would your references describe you?

This question has been answered 9 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

You have likely given the interviewer a list of references already; however, if you have not, be sure to bring a list with you to your interview. You should provide the names of at least two people who can give you recommendations, preferably individuals to whom you have reported. If you do not have any work experience, you can also refer to professors, high-school teachers, a pastor, a mentor, or even the parent of a friend who may know you well and can provide a character reference. If you have volunteer work, you can point the reference towards that experience as well.

Some ways that your references may describe you:

- High-integrity
- Accountable
- Reliable
- Punctual
- Accepting of feedback
- Confident
- Well-educated
- Honest
- Results-driven

Admin answer example
"My references would describe me as accountable, and willing to take feedback. When I first started as an executive assistant, I had a lot to learn, and truly wanted to make an impact for the company. For that reason, I became a sponge when it came to gaining new skills, and gathering information. I ask if I do not know the answer, or take the time to research it myself. Also, if I make a mistake, I own up to it and learn from the situation."
Basic answer example
"In my references list, I have included my three most recent managers. I believe they would all describe me as highly-driven, commission motivated, and willing to help. I put a lot of effort into teamwork, ensuring that my teammates feel supported while we work together to achieve a common goal."
Data Collection answer example
"My references would say that I am a hard worker who thrives on challenges and who works tireless to meet deadlines. They would also say that I am a committed and reliable individual who remains highly respectful and professional at all times."
Home Health Aide answer example
"I am confident that my references would describe me as reliable, always in good spirits, and always empathetic. I have brought a list of references for you to call, as well as one written reference, for your review."
Manager answer example
"My references would describe me as entirely reliable, results-driven, and focused on company goals. I have some wonderful references who will attest to my dedicated personality and character in the workplace. It is important to me that I act as a solid mentor and example to the team members that I lead."
Marketing answer example
"I am best described as creative, collaborative, and unique. I love to present new ideas to my team during brainstorm sessions. When a new client comes in and is open-minded with their marketing strategy, I have a great time thinking up ways for our team to take the best of our individual skills and create a mind-blowing campaign."
Retail answer example
"When you call my references they will let you know that I am punctual and reliable. I am the one they ask to cover a shift when someone cancels at the last minute or falls ill. I have no trouble offering overtime or staying late to ensure all of the new stock is received. I certainly emulate all the qualities of a team player and engaged team member."
Sales answer example
"If you call my references, they will let you know that I am competitive, self-motivated, and outgoing. I am unafraid to make cold calls, and I will not take the first 'no' as a final answer from a potential client. I like to win so if there is a sales contest present, I will push myself extra hard to win it. This extra push may mean working overtime hours, adding more cold calls per day, or following up more diligently than expected with prospective clients."
Teacher answer example
"I believe my colleagues would mention my innovative teaching style. I rarely assess my students through tests, but give my students a lot of projects and presentation opportunities to be creative. Additionally, they would talk about my interaction with the parents. I really want to make sure parents have leveled expectations for their children and spend a lot of time giving them ideas on how to better connect with and help their children."

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How would your references describe you?
A customer was not happy with there food because it was out of date and wanted to return it. I said no problem and exchanged the product for a new one.
Hard working student, always getting things turned in on time.
My references describe me as a hard worker.
I am a very dependable and hardworking person.
As a very dedicated and passionate person. I am always on my tasks and always on point.
I am going person always keep a smile on my face to to work.
My references would describe me as hardworking and reliable. I am friendly and love connecting with others.
Kind hard worker has a great attitude ready to work.
Organized, open minded, cooperative, kind, caring, helpful.
Out going, hard working and passionate, and dedicated.
They would describe as a hardworking and fun guy to be around.
They would tell you that I am a very motivational person, I'm very goal driven, and when I want something, I work hard to get it.
I think they'd describe me as hard working, trustworthy & responsible.
I collaborate everyday with my peers and enjoy coming together together to solutions that work for everyone and take in different perspectives.
They would say that I would be a great fit for the position. I always take advice and tasks from my supervisors. I have a positive attitude and very energetic. I tend to get my work done before my shifts are over and I work well with others.
As a lovable and likeable person someone who wants to make a change.
As a nice, caring, hard working, dependable and trustworthy person.
They say I am very good person, I am always attendant school on time.
Hard working, organized, helpful and a good person.
Fast Paced. Always looking for new ideas and projects. Calm but energetic.
Hardworking. Honest and a quick learner.
Hard working, organized, helpful and a good person.
Whole store merchandising helping customer with any queries card and cash transactions hanging and tagging stock deliveries.
Amazing energy, perfect to work with, take directions well and can lead when necessary.
They would say that I am a very polite person, and I love to talk and interact with others.
My references would decribe me as a active, outgoing, yet mellow person.
They would describe me as friendly and helpful and focused and won't stop until I get the job done.
My references would describe me as outgoing, on time, responsible, and funny.
Super nice personality and very generous and compasionate.
My references would describe me as a liable, hard working employee.
Good work ethic. Show up on time and never late. I am loud.
Reliable, easy to talk to and hardworking.
Probably as a fun high spirited person who always is there to help avg looks at the good in people.
I am organized, responsible, helpful, I great person.
They will describe me as a hard worker and always having a happy personality.
When it come to my career path it fit perfectly because I graduated with a AA in Social Psychology meaning that I love to work with people.
I believe they would describe me as witty, intelligent, quick, and fast learner.
My references would describe me as loud, fun loving, a good overall person, and someone who likes to get the job done right the first time.
Energized, caring as well as kind and ready to do anything. Always alert and fixes a guests problem as soon as she can.
As caring person to everybody, once you know me I have many things to say, and doesn't give up.
Hard working, good with customers, works well with other employees, establishes and present herself well. A good representative of the company.
They would describe me as a hard worker and I am determined. I am able to bring a lot of positive energy to the team.
Persistent, a little shy but very hard working.
As a responsible hard working young lady.
They would describe me as a determined person who's a hard worker and doesn't give up.
Honest, Caring, and Punctual. Always on time and schedule oriented. I care with all of my being, so when I put myself in something its usually my all.
A strong worker, who is motivated, who stays on task, & who gets his work done throughly.
Likable, Prompt, Task oriented, Easy to get along with, likes a challenge.
They would describe me as a loyal, respectful, friendly, dependable person who likes to help others.
I am responsible, dependable, and my commitment of how I am commit to my work.
I think they'd say I'm positive, hardworking, likeable, and quirky.
I think my references would describe me as someone who is self-driven, motived and likes to work hard.
Hard-working, efficient, goal oriented, and kind.
I think my references would describe me as proactive and helpful.
My references would describe me as a outgoing girl. I am a fun girl to be around in and outside of work and that I work hard.
Compassionate about my work ethics. Compassionate towards others. Extremely hard working, reliable and above all integrity is the most important asset,
Hard working, and intelligent. I always give 110%
As a reliabe person, responsible, with possitive attitude.
Hard working, friendly, nice, punctual, organized.
I think they would describe me as determined and friendly.
A very hardworking person. I get the job done with the best quality possible.
Hard working, friendly, conscientious, approachable, I can pick up new skills quickly.
Organised, can do attitude, dedicated - will never leave a job half done.
Determined, dedicated, motivated, committed, always punctual, clear communication skills.
Hardworking, punctual, motivated, persistent.
If asked I beleieve my references would describe me as a hard worker, as in my previous jobs I have gone above and beyond my job title and they often address this, also I believe they would describe me as a friendly and bubbly worker who thrives off providing excellent customer service.
I'm articulate, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and very sharp. I'm also resilient and keep going even through bad circumstances, and I'm very adaptable.
As a kind and hard-working person with a positive attitude.
I think they would describe me as fairly quiet, but willing to work and driven to work well.
I would. Asked the customer the customers. Want they need help with and point the! To where they need to go.
That I was hard worker, determined, initiative, team player, creative, problem solver.
Hard working, disciplined, outgoing, knowledgeable.
As a hard worker and someone who not only do their job, but help others with theirs.
My references I think would describe me as hard working, polite, super positive, focused on doing the job to the best of my ability, over achieving, and always striving to do better.
Good work ethics, reliable, dependable.
Punctual and hard working. Talkative and entertaining.
Honest straight - shooter, dependable, Very reliable.
As a person that you can rely on, if you have a problem or a need I will do all I can to help you.
Dedicated, lighthearted, willing to do anything.
Creative, dedicated, loyal, joyful, enthusiastic, willing to help whenever.
Always there for them. Very caring about the team members.
Hard working. Good ethics. Leader. Encouraging.
Energetic, funny, reliable, weird.
They would describe me as a team player, also as a very organized and detail oriented employee who always brings a positive attitude to work.
Honest, hard working, think positive, control situations, resposible for my action caring, fun, loving, energetic, motivated, friendly.
A self-starter; team worker; and someone who consistently goes above & beyond to delivery the best result.
Dependable, fun, valuable to business.
My references would describe me as really outgoing and with good communication skills and nurturing.
Friendly, Kind ,Caring,Independet, creative, fun, loving, happy, energetic, honest.
My references would discribe me as a nice, on time and hard working man.
Fast learning, hard working, perfectionist, gets the job done correctly, great attitude, team player.
Hard working, honest, and considerate of others. committed to see each job through to completion.
A very dependable person who adapts well to change and is a friendly person who would help anyone.
Great worker and always complete me job.
Very outgoing and a self motivator that gets the job done no matter what.
I am smart, dependable, responsive, responsible, recognizable, speed, accurate, helpful, patient, nice, tech savy, and more.
My references would describe me as a very friendly, outgoing, and punctual person who focuses at whatever task is at hand.
My references would describe me as responsible, hard working, and detail oriented. They would also say I like to create a fun atmosphere at work while still being productive and professional.
My references would describe me as very organized, reliable, and great with customers.
If I were them I would have to say... Dilligent, efficient and happy.
My references would tell you that I am extremely hard working, a quick learner and someone who genuinely cares about superior customer service.

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