“Oh man, let me tell you about myself. I’m a rock star. I’m the man you wish you were. I’m a go-getter that makes the world a better place every time I sneeze. If you want to know someone that will truly wow you, that’s me. I can take a molehill and turn it into the sweetest damn mountain you have ever seen. Not only did God break the mold, but I built the mold myself with my hard work and perseverance and let’s just say that was the sickest, most wicked mold in the history of molds.”
Employers want to know who you are as a person. They want to know if they will dread seeing you at work every day or if they couldn’t be happier seeing your smiley face in the morning. So they’ll ask you about it to see how confident you are, how well-spoken, and to see if they can get an idea of what you are like based on your answer. You shouldn’t respond like the answer above, but you should \ have a great deal of energy and what you say should be unique and interesting.
“I’m a hard worker with great communication skills. I am everyone’s friend and very likeable. I can be shy at first but if I need to take charge I will. I have good leadership skill. I am interesting.”
Listing boring qualities is not a good way to answer this question. It’s unlikely to turn off an employer, but the best way to thrive at your job interview is to go above and beyond. You should be exciting and vibrant. You should not use generalizations and clichés. Plan an answer that makes you sound interesting.
“I’m motivated by a challenge. Solving puzzles and recognizing logical flow have long been a passion of mine, and I’ve always been the type of person to seek them out. I find myself engaging everyone from strangers to good friends in conversation, and I enjoy the idea of becoming someone that others trust and respect…”
What you will notice is that this answer is essentially saying the same things as the bad answer, except that they are presented in a way that is dynamic and interesting. Plan out an answer that uses unique and interesting terminology and examples to describe the same basic principles. Try to stick to aspects of your personality that are positive and related to the job.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Be unique and interesting in your answer.
- Make your answer sound dynamic.
- Monster.com Advice Article