Description red flags: how not to describe yourself

How to Describe Yourself in an InterviewPreparing for an interview? Be ready to be asked common questions such as, “how would you describe yourself?” At the same time, learn how not to describe yourself.

Whether it is a world class business or a startup online business, the human resource management will most probably ask you a few common questions. While the questions are repeated, they do not appreciate repetitive answers. One of the most deceiving questions is the one in which you are asked to describe yourself. There are words that you should use mindfully and there are words that you should avoid at all costs. We are going to speak of the latter:


Here’s a secret: a part of human resource planning is making you stand for what you have said. You need to be able to explain yourself and give examples. When you say you are likable and the interviewer asks you to explain yourself, what will you say? How will you support this attribute? Saying that people always greet you will make him/her laugh.

Instead, we advise that you use words such as enthusiastic and team player. Outgoing is also a great way to describe yourself. These are characteristics that you can explain and support.


Others must call you intelligent. It is not for you to decide whether you are. Instead, use words such as logical and fast learner. You can support these with examples and you won’t come across as an arrogant person either.


Obsessive is a negative word. Why would you say something negative about yourself? Yes, we understand that you want to say that you are passionate and dedicated but “obsessive” is just the wrong word to use. There are other words such as dedicated, committed, and focused. Also, remember that obsessive people generally come across as annoying.


If you are saying that you are humble, you really are not. Humble people don’t go around telling others that they are humble. It is a contraindication and the interviewer may also think you are fake and he/she will not trust you.
We advise you to avoid any and all words related to humility while describing yourself. This is a character that you must show.
Get into the strategy of human resource planning and avoid using these words so that you cast the best impression during your interview.

Entrepreneurial Learning

An integral part of human resource planning is asking simple questions that can reveal a lot about you. Some seemingly simple and straight forward questions can actually be tricky and masked to make you show your personality.

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