Tough Interview Question – What Do You Consider Your Personal Mission Statement?
The mission statement on a resume is one of the most painful parts to write. It’s usually some corny line that is nowhere close to being true, and it’s fallen so far out of favor that some resume experts recommend leaving it off the resume altogether and replacing it with something more useful, like a professional summary.
So if you are asked to provide your own “personal mission statement” at your interview, you are faced with a problem. How do you provide a mission statement that seems realistic that you can expand upon in necessary?
How to Answer
Essentially, don’t expect your answer to be very good. Mission statements are corny for a reason. There isn’t a lot you can do. Just deliver it confidently and be ready to expand if necessary. One thing to note: If you put a real mission statement in your resume, then try to restate that mission statement in your answer.
“My objective is to work with your company and use my skills to become a successful internet marketer.”
“My personal objective is to continue to take on new responsibilities and enhance my knowledge of internet marketing tools in order to catapult whatever business that employs me to greater levels of success in the industry.”
What’s the difference? Well, for one, it’s longer. For another, every statement you make can be defended, and it relates thoroughly to what you will do for the company. The question itself is pretty bad, so an easy answer is the best you can do.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Come up with an easy, respectable, business related answer that speaks well to your candidacy.
- Be prepared to defend it.