It’s always important to prepare before an interview and have prepared answers to common questions such as “What are you biggest strengths” or “Why are you interested in working here?”. Another common interview question, that is a little more personal, is “how would you describe yourself?”. Here are some suggestions so you can answer this question with self-reflection. These tips will help the hiring manager get a glimpse of who you are as a person and if you’d be a good match for the role and company culture.

What are your qualities and traits?

A great way to begin thinking about answering this question is by listing out what your personality qualities and traits are. Of course, for this interview question you’ll want to focus only on the positive qualities you have and accomplishments you’ve achieved. Think about the things you excel at and what others have told you you’re good at. If you need help with this, ask friends and family members how they would describe you; they may offer some traits you hadn’t thought of.

Compare them to the job description

Now that you have a list of your positive qualities, accomplishments, and attributes, compare that to the job description and what the company you’re interviewing with is looking for. It’s important to try and tailor your answer to compliment the hiring requirements of the company. Are they looking for a self-starter? Someone organized? See if you have the qualities they are looking for and have your answer reflect that.

Practice and perfect

Once you have a general idea of your answer to this question, and how it compliments the job description, practice and perfect your answer. Generally, it’s best to keep your answers to interview questions fairly short and focused. LinkedIn recommends that “Answers for basic/introductory questions should be 30 to 90 seconds. Answers for behavioral questions should be at least 2 minutes but not more than 4 minutes.” The hiring manager wants a concise answer for why you’re the best person for the job and learn a little more about you, and if you’d fit in the company culture, during the process.