Going into an interview, you can anticipate the purpose of most questions being asked. They are trying to discover if you will be a good fit for the position. They also want to know if you’re a hard worker and a good fit with company culture. However, some questions simply want to discover what kind of person you are. When you are asked to describe yourself in one word, this is what they are trying to uncover. We’ll explain how you should frame your answer after the break.

Carefully Choosing Word(s)

This question is a great opportunity for the interviewer to discover if you’re being genuine or not. With a question like this, many candidates will rush to answer. They’ll likely spit out whatever positive generic buzzword pops into their head like ‘successful, ‘amazing’, or ‘results-driven’. Don’t let this be you. Take a pause and think about what is most notable about you as a professional. Ponder on why you excel in your field. Although you may define yourself by your love for dogs, you should frame this one word answer in terms of your professional career-life.

If there is something that sets you apart, and would also be a good descriptor, go with it. This descriptor should be something that makes you stand out as a candidate, and tie in positively to the position you are interviewing for. If you’re struggling to think of something (it’s okay to be humble minded), consider what coworkers have said about you in the past. This is a great way to uncover what positive traits people notice about you. However, you need to make sure it is something tied to the job you’re interviewing for.

Describe Yourself in a Unique Way

If you’re able to point something out about yourself that may give you a unique competitive edge, don’t hesitate to do so. For example, if I was being hired for a Marketing job, I could emphasize my creativity. I’ve taken art classes in the past as well as shooting short films. This creative edge could charge my marketing plan and ideas with a different energy, and make me stand out as a candidate. If this is something you can do with your word, do it! There is no perfect word for any situation, so just go with what feels like it best represents you as the right candidate for the position.