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  ENGLISH  VOCABULARY  for ESL learners  


 INTERVIEWS - DESCRIBING YOURSELF

Phrases to help you describe yourself, your qualities and experience at a job interview.



When a candidate applies for a job, he/she hopes to be called for an interview.
During the interview he/she will generally be asked to describe themselves, their qualities and their experience.
This can also be a chance to highlight experiences and specific opportunities.

Sample interview questions:
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What can you tell us about yourself?
  • What have you got to offer us?
  • Why do you think you are suitable for the position?
It is important to prepare your own responses to the above questions.
Make sure to focus on the qualities that make you an ideal match for the job or the company.

Here are some phrases that will help you describe yourself, your experience and your qualities.
Based on these examples you can prepare your own responses.
  1.  I have worked for over six years as a waitress / teacher / in retail / in the paper industry…
  2.  I am presently working for Brown and Thompson as a project manager.
  3.  I am very interested in your company and this job.
  4.  I’m really impressed by the quality of your products/services.
  5.  I want to further my skills / my career in (accounting, marketing, events management…).
  6.  My biggest strength is that I perform well under pressure.
  7.  I am capable of working without supervision.
  8.  I’m used to working in a busy environment.
  9.  I’m trustworthy and able to handle confidential information / confidential matters.
  10.  I’ve got good organisational skills.
  11.  Paying attention to all the details of a project is important to me.
  12.  I make sure that each task is completed according to schedule.
  13.  I can handle multiple projects simultaneously. / I’m good at multitasking.
  14.  I enjoy meeting and working with a lot of different people
  15.  I like working in an international environment.
  16.  I speak two foreign languages ( …… and …... )
  17.  I want to take on more responsibility.
  18.  I’m hard-working and regularly sets firm goals for myself.
  19.  I’m known for being able to solve problems quickly.
  20.  I take time to evaluate difficult situations and decide the best way to deal with them.
  21.  I have excellent computer skills / communication skills.
  22.  Working in a team with a collaborative spirit is important to me.
  23.  My ability to anticipate problems and explore alternative solutions has made me a good team leader.
  24.  My experience in a similar field makes me a good match for this position.
  25.  I feel my profile is a perfect fit for your team and I can contribute by…

Since "practice makes perfect", it's a good idea to role-play the interview.
If possible, find an English-speaking friend who can act as the interviewer and ask you sample interview questions.
Try to speak slowly and clearly during the role play.
A mock interview can help you formulate (or reformulate) answers that you have carefully prepared.
As a result, you should feel less nervous when the time comes for a real job interview.

See also: interview questions

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