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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Describe yourself in just three words.

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    Describe yourself in just three words.

      How to Answer

      By giving you only three words to describe yourself, the interviewer knows that you are going to choose carefully! Try to use words that are unique and will set you apart. You want to avoid giving an answer that everyone else has likely given. Time to get out your thesaurus and choose some fun and new descriptive words!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I had just three words to describe myself I would say that I am positive, enthusiastic, and available."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "The words that best describe me would be attentive, savvy, and creative."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Great question! I would say I am best described as a leader, confident, and patient."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "Just three words to describe me is a challenge! I would say that I am happy, helpful, and transparent."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "If I could describe myself in just three words I would say, learner, humorous, and reliable."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Three words that best describe me are ambitious, jovial, and dependable."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "As an educator, it is important to be understanding, patient, and kind. I believe these three words describe me to a tee."

      Krista's Answer for an Occupational Health and Safety Technician Interview

      "I would describe myself as hard-working, meticulous, and honest. I enjoy working hard and do not mind working seven days a week if needed. I do enjoy my downtime, but I enjoy work just as much. I am meticulous about every aspect of my job, from keeping up with the policies and procedures to writing detailed reports. I am honest and do what I say I am going to do and will be the first to ask for help if I do not understand something."

      Darby's Answer for a Family Physician Interview

      "I think a common misconception about family practice physicians is that we don't have an understanding of in-depth illnesses, such as a cardiologist or nephrologist may. It's not that we don't have an understanding. Our objective is to identify and manage common illnesses and diseases and to know when a referral to a specialist is appropriate for a client. It takes a group of healthcare providers with varying degrees of specialization to provide collaborative, effective care for patients."

      Ronda's Answer for a Board Chairman Interview

      "I would describe myself as someone reliable, committed, and trustworthy. I pride myself on building successful client relationships, and these are the qualities that have aided in me doing so. I think my references will agree."

      Darby's Answer for a Neurologist Interview

      "I like to get to know people and ask them questions about themselves. I find it's a great and simple way to start building rapport with others. I also pride myself on my ability to listen more than I talk. I am intentional about hearing out my colleagues and giving their perspectives honest consideration."

      Clara's Answer for a Middle School Teacher Interview

      "The first word I would choose to describe myself is outgoing. I get a lot of energy out of interacting with others and meeting new people, and I love opportunities to collaborate. The second word would be empathetic. I am very connected to the people around me and enjoy celebrating their successes and supporting them in overcoming obstacles. Finally, the third word I'd choose to describe myself would be driven. Whether it's running a race, building new furniture, or advancing my career, I strive to do my best and get the job done."

      Nolan's Answer for a Customer Experience Specialist Interview

      "I am reliable, cool-headed, and a savvy communicator. In my previous work, I had a reputation for reliability, so both coworkers and customers knew they could trust me. My work was consistently excellent, and I always tried to manage my time well. I don't easily rattle. I know that while my experience as a Customer Experience Specialist is generally positive, there is no getting around a difficult client. There is no secret that I've unlocked when it comes to pushy or rude or even nasty customers, but I can say that with my best effort, I don't react when I become the target. As much as I can, I redirect the energy toward finding solutions. This is where my other most notable skill comes in. I'm a good study of people, and I always try to meet people where they're at. I've found that between sincerity and sometimes even humor, that I can assuage angry customers while I work on finding a solution for their grievances. This is why I think I'm perfect for this role at XYZ Company."

      Christina's Answer for a Writer Interview

      "I would describe myself as adaptable, contagious, and determined. I am adaptable in my writing and all other aspects of my life, taking on new challenges and topics even if I am not fully versed in them. I am a contagious personality, making friends and connections easily. I thrive on networking. Also, I am determined to succeed in all that I do and take that determination to boost my team."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Special Education Preschool Teacher Interview

      "I would describe my teaching style as (X, as per the job posting/school website), (X, as per the job posting/school website) and (X, as per the job posting/school website). For instance, in my position of (X position title) for (X company), I (X further information providing context and proof of the successful use of such teaching styles, resulting in great improvements in your students)."

      Audra's Answer for a Student Advisor Interview

      "Three words that best describe me are optimistic, adaptable, and loyal. By nature, I am very positive, upbeat, and always look on the bright side; I bring that attitude to work every day. I'm also very adaptable, flexible, and can think on my feet. When plans change or something goes awry, I can stay calm and readjust with ease. I'm also extremely loyal to the people and things I care about. It is important to me to be a person of great integrity, so I can be counted on to do what I say I will do and stick around, even when times are tough."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Residency Interview

      "If I could describe my personality to you in 3 words I would say that I am thoughtful, intelligent, and friendly. My personality is well suited for a healthcare focused environment as my patients will find me to be approachable, with a mind that they care rely on, and a character that they can trust."

      Allison's Answer for an Engineer Interview

      "I believe it is important for aerospace engineers to have integrity, be reliable, and be innovative. In this fast-paced industry, I know that design through innovative methods, such as rapid prototyping, is critical to meeting project deadlines. I also know that my team members need to be able to count on me to do what I say I am going to do when I say I am going to do it, especially because people's lives can depend on the quality of our work."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Academic Dean Interview

      "If I had to describe myself as an educator I would say that I am inspired, well researched and motivating. My students have often commented on the fresh approach that I bring to the classroom. I saw on your school website that you seek to hire those who inspire and consider themselves visionaries. That is certainly me!"

      Rachelle's Answer for an Athletic Trainer Interview

      "I would describe myself as loyal, reliable, and creative. I choose these three because I am dedicated to my patients, always on time for work, and have unique ideas when it comes to athletic therapy."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Gregarious, tenacious, and caring."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Nice! These words are not overused and are descriptive enough to give a full picture to the interviewer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Empathetic, driven, people-oriented."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great! These are awesome qualities for an HR professional to have.

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