In this second of two online exercises on describing yourself in a job interview, you'll learn 12 more professional sounding words in English that you can use to describe your personality in a job interview. But before you learn these, you need to know how to choose the right personailty characteristics to use.
Choosing the right personality characteristics to talk about
To successfully describe yourself in a job interview, you not only need to use the right type of words/terms, but you also need to choose personality characteristics which are relevant for the job you are having the interview for.
Different jobs and positions require different types of personality. The type of personality that a person needs for a job in a sales department is different to what is needed for teaching in a school. In addition, a person will need to have different personality characteristics if they are working as a member of a team to if they are in charge of a team.
To know which personality characteristics that you should use when describing yourself in an interview for a job, you first need to know what the roles and the responsibilities of the job you are interviewing for are (will you have to write report, meet with customers, analyse data etc...).
When you know what these are, think from the perspective of the people interviewing you. If you were in their position, what type of person would you be looking for to do that particular type of job? Somebody who is caring? Somebody you can trust? etc...
By doing this, you will know which type of personality characteristics you should (and shouldn't) say you have in your answer in the interview.
Click here to see more vocabulary for describing yourself in part one of this exercise
Click here to see more of our free online exercises on CVs/resumes and job interviews
Read the following two replies in a job interview to the question 'How would you describe yourself?'. The first, is from a candidate for the position of a salesman. The second, is from a candidate for a position in advertising.
From the context, try to guess what the meaning of the words/phrases in bold are. Then do the quiz at the end to check if you are right.
For a salesman's position:
'One of the things that makes me an excellent salesman is that I am very good at reading people. I have the ability to know how people are feeling or thinking by noticing gestures that they make or by what they say. This helps me a lot in my dealings with existing or potential clients. Another thing that I am very good at, in connection with people, is that I am very diplomatic. I am very skilled at dealing with people in difficult situations and can avoid upsetting or offending them. This is especially important when you are involved in negotiations.
In addition, I am very highly motivated. I love what I do and I want to do the best that I can. For me, this is something that is fundamental for a sales executive. And another thing that is key for a sales executive to be, is to be optimistic. And I am that. This is essential, because who wants to buy a product or service from somebody who seems negative or unsure. I would say nobody.
Also, I am very flexible about when, where or how I work. In business today you have to be able to change when necessary. So, if you told me that I had a meeting the following day in Germany, it would have no problem in going.
And lastly, I am very cool-headed. I always stay focused in difficult or stressful situations and I never panic.'
For a position in advertising:
'I am very creative. I am always coming up with new and interesting ideas on how to convince people to buy things. This is important in an industry which constantly changes like advertising. Also, as you have already noticed, I am a very enthusiastic person. I show that I love what I do and want to encourage other people to feel the same.
I am also a team player. When you are doing an advertising project, it is essential that the team works together. If it does not, and people do not get on or are focused too much on themselves, then the project will fail and you all lose.
In addition, I am very committed to being successful in my career and I will do anything to achieve it. Plus, I am a very confident person. I do not doubt my own abilities and I am always sure that I will be successful with any project that I do.
And lastly, I am ambitious. I want to have a very successful career in advertising. I have shown this throughout my career. For example, in my current company I started there as an assistant and within four years I was a senior advertising executive.'
Below is a definition/description of each of the words/phrases in bold from the above text. Now fill in the blanks with one
of these words/phrases in bold. Only use one word/phrase once and write it as it is in the text. Click on the "Check answers" button at the bottom of the quiz to check your answers.
When the answer is correct, two icons will appear next to the question which you can press/click on. In the first icon, , you can find extra information about the word/phrase (e.g. when, where and how to use etc...) and a Spanish translation. In the second, , is where you can listen to the word/phrase and do a pronunciation test (to make sure you can say it correctly).
Now that you understand the describing your personality vocabulary, practise it by imagining you are in an job interview in English and you have to describe yourself.