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Describe yourself in just three words.

1 of 30 Tough Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on November 21st, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Physician
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"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."

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"I have often been complimented on my relationship building skills. 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 consider myself to be a strong relationship builder and take pride in my 'people skills'."

Middle School Teacher
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"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."

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"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."

Special Education Preschool Teacher
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"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)."

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"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."

Academic Dean
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"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!"

Athletic Trainer
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"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."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 07/29/2018
Last modified on: 11/21/2019
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