This is probably one of the most common interview questions that may be posed to you. It is highly likely that you will encounter this interview question if you go on an interview so you should be fully prepared to handle it in an effective manner.
When answering this question you should first keep in mind that your response should be based solely on your professionalism. The interviewer is not looking for information that relates to your personal life. Also, they are not looking for words that would describe your physical appearance. Instead they are looking for information that describes you in a professional sense so they can learn more about you.
There are many different words that you can use to describe yourself, but keep in mind that the words you choose should be positive and should also be truly indicative of your professional persona. You should always make sure that you will be able to back up any words that you use when describing yourself. Never use words that that do not actually describe you. In other words, if you are not the most social person in the world then you should not use the word friendly to describe yourself. Some possible words that you might consider using include ethical, diligent, empathetic, self-motivated, flexible, reliable, ambitious, hardworking, optimistic, confident, honest, a team player, determined, organized, etc.
It is extremely important that you do not just simply choose words that you think will sound good to the interviewer. If you do this it can easily become a problem for you if you are hired for the job. Do not make the mistake of simply trying to impress the interviewer. Instead, make sure that your answer is honest. This will serve you far better.
Also remember that your answer does not need to be lengthy. All the interviewer is looking for in your answer is five words that will actually describe you and give them a better picture of the type of employee you would be as well as how you see yourself. There is no need to go into a lengthy answer. Do take the time to give careful thought to this question so that you will be prepared for it, but beyond deciding on the words you will use if asked this question, that is all that you need to do.