Struggling to Describe Yourself in an Interview? These Tips Can Help You


Talking about ourselves comes naturally to us, but most of us still struggle with talking about ourselves at job interviews, or when filling out online summaries, such as LinkedIn. It’s important to build up a vocabulary of words to describe yourself professionally, so you can pull them out when needed.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Write a list of  your strengths

Sit down and write out a list of words or phrases that you feel best describes you.

2. Ask friends, family, and colleagues

Sometimes there are aspects of ourselves that we can’t see, so it’s good to ask those closest to us. Ask them to create a short list of words or phrases that they would associate with you.

3. Make the most of personality tests

Personality tests, such as Meyers-Briggs and DISC, can provide great insight into who you are. Rewrite the results of these tests in your own words.

4. Use LinkedIn Recommendations

Go through your LinkedIn Recommendations to see how others have described you. Pick out words and phrases that most resonates with you. If you don’t have any LinkedIn Recommendations, now is the time to get some.


So don’t clam up the next time you’re asked to describe yourself. Build up a vocabulary of words, and maximise your opportunities.



David Griffiths

David Griffiths

Founder & Director - Social Check™

Social Check™ helps individuals to look the very best they can online and ensure that their personal online brand is as strong as it can be. Social Check’s unique technology helps people to rapidly, cheaply and easily audit their existing online presence and then take swift action to remedy issues and improve it. With a background of holding senior roles in multi-national corporates, David is passionate about business strategy, social media, innovation, start-ups, leadership, personal branding, executive development, brand reputation, reputational risk and digital marketing.