Savvy job hunters probably have a prepared answer for it but if I was a recruiter I wouldn't put much value on a prepared answer, designed to look good. I think I would find out more if I asked a person what they like to read or what their favourite TV show is. I would certainly make some snap judgements (rightly or not) based on food choices.
Of course, job interviews are not the only place where a catchy profile or condensed biography are used, loads of bloggers have an identity statement: some witty, some factual.
I never wrote one because I thought that anyone reading here often enough would know what they needed to and nobody else mattered much but I have, over the years, wondered how to describe myself.
Today I read a profile saying "Home schooling, Jesus loving mama" and didn't care to look much further. Even though I was once attracted to the idea of home schooling and identify as Christian, "home schooling, Jesus loving" is just too....too... Christian right? Bible belt? wholesome?
Then there is Ursula, defining herself right up front in her blog's title "Bitch on the Blog" and immediately attractive for taking the piss out of herself.
There are a lot of bloggers who describe themselves by their relationships and while I love relationships, (some of them) I always think it's good to define a person by their self: what do you like to do? how do you relate to the world? what would define you if you were alone in the world?
Next time I face the "tell us about yourself" question I probably still won't have an answer but I will know what I don't want to say.