121 Words to Describe Yourself In All Situations

When someone asks you to list a few good words to describe yourself, which ones come to mind?

Because that question tends to come up a lot in job interviews and even on dates.

And when you’re interviewing for a dream job, you want powerful words — nothing overused or ambiguous.

You want words that communicate your value with impact.

Choose your words carefully from the lists below. And use them with confidence.

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The Art of Describing Yourself

Want to know how to best describe yourself on dates, interviews, and in conversation?

How you answer the question, “Describe yourself in a few words,” will probably depend on who’s asking and why:

  • A date — to find out whether a second date is a good idea
  • A potential roommate — to learn more about the kind of roommate you’d be
  • An interviewer — to determine whether you’re right for a job

We show different sides of ourselves to different people, hoping they’ll see what we want them to see.

Eventually, if things go well, they’ll see more than that (mostly good things, you hope).

But there is an art to describing yourself in these situations.

And the success of that art depends on the words you use and how you use them.

List of 121 Words To Describe Yourself

Look through the lists below and write down the ones that honestly reflect your character, your personality, and your core values.

Best Words to Describe Yourself in an Interview

Some words are better for interviews than others.

No three words can say all there is to say about you for those who want to know you better.

Being able to use a range of words gives you an advantage in describing yourself during an interview.

But using the most truthful positive words to describe yourself to an interviewer will give you a definite edge over those who rely on buzzwords or spur-of-the-moment guesses.

  • Focused
  • Independent
  • Creative
  • Trustworthy
  • Diligent
  • Conscientious
  • Meticulous or Detail-Oriented
  • Motivated or Driven
  • Flexible or Adaptable
  • Versatile
  • Analytical
  • Logical
  • Inquisitive or Curious
  • Tenacious or Resolute
  • Dependable
  • Honest or Truthful
  • Responsible
  • Efficient
  • Productive
  • Organized
  • Practical
  • Methodical
  • Cooperative
  • Easy-going or Friendly
  • Articulate
  • Persuasive
  • Expressive
  • Assertive
  • Confident or Self-Assured
  • Strong-willed
  • Committed or Dedicated
  • Positive or Cheerful
  • Supportive
  • Professional
  • Perceptive
  • Insightful
  • Straightforward
  • Sharp, Shrewd, or Astute
  • Genuine or Authentic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Passionate
  • Proactive
  • Enterprising
  • Composed or Poised
  • Level-headed

Best Words To Describe Yourself in a Resume

On your resume, you’ll want to focus on using powerful adjectives to describe your skills and what you’ve done for previous employers or clients.

woman with laptop on her side while using a pen to write words to describe yourself

Employers have no reason to take you at your word that you’re honest, diligent, or creative.

So let them see it in the way you describe your skills and experience.

And if you must use any of the following words to describe yourself, be prepared for the follow-up question: “Give me an example of you demonstrating [a specific quality – leadership, profitability, persuasiveness, etc.].”

  • Strategic
  • Persuasive
  • Effective
  • Inventive or Innovative
  • Imaginative
  • Revolutionary
  • Progressive
  • Fluent
  • Influential
  • Proficient
  • Profitable
  • Skillful or Skilled
  • Advanced
  • Tireless
  • Precise
  • Orderly or Organized
  • Thorough
  • Resilient
  • Consistent
  • Diplomatic
  • Agile
  • Resourceful
  • Expert
  • Quick-thinking
  • Accountable

Three Unique Words to Describe Yourself

If you’ve been to enough interviews, you’re no doubt familiar with the question, “Describe yourself in three words.”

If you’re not prepared, you’ll probably end up spitting out words you’ll regret afterward — especially when better words come to mind.

woman smiling while pointing on her right side words to describe yourself

Don’t let that happen. Consider the following words (as well as those above) and decide now which three fit you best and are most appropriate to the job you want.

It helps to think of the following three questions when choosing your words:

Question 1: How does your mind work?

Question 2: What one word best describes your character?

Question 3: What word describes a quality you admire or find interesting about yourself?

For example, you might go through the lists and answer the questions with Creative, Honest, and Empathetic — or Analytical, Well-Balanced, and Unflappable.

Whatever words you choose, if you can answer these questions honestly and with confidence, you’ll have an easier time answering other questions an interviewer might ask.

  • Energetic
  • Compassionate or Caring
  • Observant
  • Patient
  • Reasonable
  • Fair
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Customer-focused or Client-focused
  • Well-balanced
  • Team-spirited or Team-oriented
  • Quick-learning
  • Unflappable
  • Intelligent / Smart
  • Charismatic
  • Playful
  • Encouraging or Constructive
  • Considerate
  • Contemplative
  • Artistic
  • Intuitive
  • Optimistic or Upbeat
  • Funny
  • Empathetic
  • Unreserved
  • Ethical
  • Tactful
  • Accessible
  • Risk-taking
  • Visionary
  • Growth-oriented
  • Open-minded or Broad-minded
  • Adventurous or Venturesome
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Competitive
  • Gentle or Mellow
  • Humble
  • Silly or Fun-loving
  • Mischievous
  • Playful
  • Eloquent or Witty
  • Respectful or Gracious
  • Introspective or Reflective
  • Prudent
  • Sensible
  • Mature
  • Sophisticated or Worldly
  • Cultured
  • Competent or Capable
  • Adept or Talented
  • Brave or Courageous
  • Introverted or Extroverted

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Get to Know Yourself Better

Now that you’ve looked through the word lists in this post, which three (or more) stood out the most?

Did you imagine yourself answering the question with three words that describe your mind, your character, and your personality?

On a completely different note, how would you answer the same question asked by a new acquaintance or a potential roommate?

Whatever words you choose, I hope this helps you ace your next interview.

It also can’t hurt to practice with a list of often-used questions, like the ones described in this post.

But the usefulness of these word lists goes beyond the job interview. Growth in self-knowledge and understanding will serve you well in all areas of your life.

So get to know yourself better. And encourage those you love to do the same.

We have more access to communication options than ever before. We can send texts from across the world, email while flying 35,000 feet in the air, and have virtual meetings in our pajamas at home. #selflove #personalgrowth #mindfulness #words #mindset
Barrie Davenport
 

Barrie is a certified life coach and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She has been a featured writer for The Huffington Post, Maria Shriver, and Zen Habits. She is the creator of six popular self-improvement courses. She writes books on relationship skills, emotional abuse, mindfulness, and more.

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