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Stuffing your résumé and LinkedIn profile with generic buzzwords can be off-putting to potential employers, but it’s far worse when you recite them during an interview.

“Tell me about yourself”

It’s fair to say that most people aren’t typically asked to describe themselves to others on a regular basis. However, when it comes to landing the right job, interviewers expect you to confidently talk about your abilities and the value you could bring to their team.

Whether your interviewer directly asks you to “tell me about yourself” or chooses a different line of questioning such as, “How would your colleagues describe you?” or, “What are your greatest strengths?” the end goal is the same: to get a better sense of who you are and determine if you’ll be a good fit for the position.

While it can be uncomfortable to share your best qualities with relative strangers during the interview process, it’s important that you’re prepared to speak about yourself with confidence. After all, if you’re not confident in your abilities, why should a prospective employer be confident in hiring you?

  • Hardworking
  • Team Player
  • Dynamic
  • Passionate
  • Adaptable
  • Flexible
  • Creative
  • Innovative

Read the complete Fast Company article BY AMANDA AUGUSTINE to discover alternative ways to describe these overused interview words.

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