Employers want to know the real you. You do not want employers to know the real you, else they would find out what you did to that puppy when you were 12. Shame on you by the way. Shame. On. You.
Still, the employer can get a good sense of your personality by how you describe your personality. So it would not be a bad idea to expect an interview question about your personality.
How to Answer
The most important tip is to make your answer intelligent, focus on positives, and try to use descriptive verbs that put you in the role. Don’t focus on your personality in your personal life. Focus your answer in a way that makes you sound like a business professional.
“I think I am a fun-loving person with a good sense of self and positive nature. I am friendly to strangers and I have a good sense of humor…”
This is too personal an answer. You probably won’t lose your chance at getting the job, but you’re certainly not impressing anyone.
“I consider my personality adaptive and logical. I look for the best path to achieve my goals and do my best to make decisions based on the information I have at the time. Even my humor is based on perception, and I’ll adjust the way I behave based on the company I am with, in order to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. “
Being adaptive and logical is considerably more business oriented than being fun-loving.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Focus on behaviors that the company can appreciate.
- Explain them intelligently.