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Describe yourself in just three words.

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!


Answer Example

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Family Physician

"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."


"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

"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."


"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

"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)."


"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."


"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."

Academic Dean

"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

"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."

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