Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Hi there! The interview is such an interesting time. You want to make a good impression, you want to get a feel for the organization, but most of all you want to get the job! I think people can feel compelled to reshape their responses to what they think someone wants to hear, but that may not yield the results you want. Though I always recommend putting your best foot forward, I don't think it is a bad thing to be honest and forthcoming about the things that make you stand out and the things you are really looking for in a job. What better time to do that then during the "describe yourself" portion!
I am someone who enjoys ___________
I think I really maximize my potential in environments like ______________
In my last position I found that I did my best work when I could _________________
These are all phrases that describe yourself while sharing your skills, talking about your strengths and setting the stage for your interviewer to take a deeper dive into who you are.
Best of luck!