Think of some words that best describe your work ethic and character. If you are new to the workforce, feel free to refer to a professor from your post-secondary experience or even a high school teacher, or coach.
Be sure to include descriptive words that will ensure you are a stand out candidate. Most people, when asked this question, will say they are 'reliable' and 'easy to get along with'. A well-thought and unique answer to this question will give you a better chance at impressing the interviewer.
Some great descriptive words are:
"If my current employer were asked to describe me I believe they would say that I am determined, collaborative, and broad-minded. Also, during my post-secondary years I would hear those compliments from time to time and it was always very encouraging. I was a strong student and am a dedicated employee."
"My professors would describe me as a hard worker and someone who thinks outside the box. I am curious by nature and am always asking questions to better understand a topic or situation."
Sales answer example
"I believe my manager would describe me as persistent, goal-oriented, not afraid to push the envelope, and always wanting more. Actually, he has said as much in front of the entire company when he described that the phone call when we had my salary and equity negotiation as that he was being interviewed and was nervous for the outcome because he wanted to please me and get me on board. In addition, I think he would add that I am always up for the challenge and am fun to be around."
Retail answer example
"My boss would say that I am a people-pleaser who is enthusiastic about my job, the people I care for, and doing the right thing. She would say that I am a go-getter, that I love what I do, and I approach situations with care and tact."
Marketing answer example
"My boss would describe me as creative, committed, and inquisitive. I am always looking to learn something new, try a new approach, and am dependable."