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1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 22nd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may have accidentally gone a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question offers an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Admin
Answer example

"I am a very active individual who loves to workout and goes to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my work during the week. I have a high amount of energy to offer, and am even more cheerful when the phone rings! It must be that fresh mountain air."

Manager
Answer example

"I am a calm and quiet leader, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Even though I am quiet, I can motivate my team and keep morale high."

Marketing
Answer example

"I would say that I am both analytical and creative, I'm extroverted at times, but like to hunker down and work on my own to knock out projects. When not at work, I love attending musicals, museums, and traveling. Not only is it something I love, but also I think it helps me expand my horizons on how I approach my creative work."

Retail
Answer example

"I am a passionate, excited team player who loves to learn on the fly, take the lead when possible, and I have a proven track record of success. I'm loyal and have shown that through my decade-long career at one employer. I have risen through their ranks, and am ready to take on the next challenge. Outside of work, I love to travel and do DIY projects in my home."

Sales
Answer example

"Professionally, I'd describe myself as competitive and extroverted; I am in sales after all. Contests, encouragement, accolades motivate me, and of course, the financial carrot dangling in front of my nose. At the same time, I love a team environment and know that culture and mutual respect play such a huge role in my success. On a more personal note, I love to spend time with my family and travel as often as possible."

Teacher
Answer example

"I'm pretty sure you can tell, but I'm super excited and passionate about my job, the language, my students, and continual learning. I feel so privileged to have a job that I leap out of bed for every morning. I am a mom of boys, and I am a fitness enthusiast: as their soccer coach, the high school soccer coach for freshman girls, and a runner in my spare time."

Fitness Instructor
Answer example

"I am passionate about helping people, which is why I decided to continue my education to become a fitness instructor. I am active and love to try any sport or type of workout. In my spare time I read up on the latest research about nutrition and ways to improve strength and flexibility that are accessible to my clients."

Environmental Scientist
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in science, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Auto Mechanic
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful auto body career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Dietitian and Nutritionist
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful nutritionist career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Dental Assistant
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a dental assistant, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Benefits Manager
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in human resources, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Kitchen Manager
Answer example

"A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I am a recent grad from Columbia University and have spent the past 12 months traveling the world. It was the best experience that I could have given myself as I was able to learn so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US just last month and have been actively looking for work the past couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting into the routine of a career again."

Pastry Chef
Answer example

"I am motivated and excited about this new opportunity because I have always wanted to work events. I have worked as a baker for a catering company and I enjoyed the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment."

Bacteriologist
Answer example

"My name is Heather Smith. I am a Bacteriologist with a microbiology degree. My qualifications include four years of experience working for the State Health and Welfare Department."

Physician Assistant
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a physician assistant, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Swim Instructor
Answer example

"In addition to being a swim instructor, I am also a teachers' assistant. I dedicate a lot of my time to educating kids on a variety of platforms."

Loan Officer
Answer example

"I have three beautiful children, and we spend a lot of time at the ball fields and at dance recitals these days. We love cooking gourmet meals in our tiny kitchen, and oddly enough, I am a fantastic beat boxer!"

Residency
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Answer example

"My name is Heather Smith. I am a Vocational Rehabilitation professional with a degree in psychology and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. My qualifications include fifteen years of experience working for the state department. My experience also includes knowledge of various organizations that support human rights and civil rights for people with disabilities such as American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities and National Black Deaf Advocates."

Claims Adjuster
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a claims adjuster, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Secretary
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful admin career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Bank Teller
Answer example

"I have a B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan. I have three years of experience in small business banking. My most recent position was with a small local branch, and I’m currently looking for a position that will allow me to grow into a leadership opportunity."

Correction Officer
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in corrections, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local homeless shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Cardiovascular Technologist
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a cardiovascular technologist, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community related to heart health."

Paramedic
Answer example

"I am proactive with a high attention to detail. My partners use to make fun of me for being so meticulous on reports. I am strict about following routine procedures and giving patients the best care within my means. My proudest moments are when I am able to stabilize patients in the most critical conditions. Last year I saved a mother and two children from a horrific car accident. Those are the experiences that keep me going."

Patient Services Coordinator
Answer example

"A bit about myself - I have been a Patient Services Coordinator for 5 years. In addition to my daytime position, I volunteer at​ the local Children's Hospital, assisting in marketing and public relations for their fundraising department. I am originally from Montana and relocated here for bigger career opportunities."

Licensed Practical Nurse
Answer example

"Not everyone trusts easily. I believe it is better to under promise and over deliver. What I mean is, I would rather go above and beyond what has been asked of me rather than to tell a patient or coworker that I am going to do something and not follow through with it. Personal accountability is crucial in building trust with others."

Phlebotomist
Answer example

"There are several possible risks when performing arterial testing on a neonate. Some examples include osteomyelitis of the heel, nerve damage and hematoma."

Nursery and Greenhouse
Answer example

"I have been working in a plant nursery for the past two years and I have really enjoyed it so far. I was a biology major in college which led me to become more interested in permaculture and horticulture. I am a life-long student at heart and I'm always looking for ways to grow my knowledge."

Dental Hygienist
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a dental hygienist, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Territory Sales Manager
Answer example

"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in (X) at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X sales/business development duties]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable sales and business development experience working for [X company] where I managed [X sales/business development duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X sales/business development duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

Grounds Maintenance Worker
Answer example

"In my spare time I really enjoy reading books about gardening. I also spend time in the mountains on the weekends, going camping and biking. I am new to the city and am looking for a grounds maintenance position because I love being outdoors."

Health Information Technician
Answer example

"“I’m really energetic, and a great communicator. Leading a team of four Health Information Technicians helped me build confidence and taught me the importance of effective communication. I’ve also got a track record of success. In my last role, I prepared our office for our annual inspection which we passed with flying colors."

Legal Assistants
Answer example

"I would describe myself as a hard worker, task-focused and efficient. Are those some of the skills you are looking for in your next Legal Assistant?"

Air Traffic Controllers
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as an air traffic controller, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Video Producer
Answer example

"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at UCLA and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X video producing duties ]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable experience working for [X company] where I managed [X video producing duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X video producing duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

Transportation Manager
Answer example

"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for (X company) where I was responsible for (X transportation management related duties). Since this internship, I have also gained considerable transportation management experience working for (X company) where I managed (X management related duties) and for (X company) where I was responsible for (X management related duties). These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

Attendance Clerk
Answer example

"I have a diploma in Administration. I have three years of experience in Marketing, and Communications, prior to entering the education industry. My most recent position was at our local elementary school, and I'm currently looking for a position with a larger range of duties, which is why I applied to your high school."

Project Accountant
Answer example

"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Accounting at UCLA and upon graduation I worked as an Accounting Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X accounting duties ]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable accounting experience working for [X company] where I managed [X accounting duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X accounting duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

ABA Therapist
Answer example

"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in behavioral therapy, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 08/10/2016
Last modified on: 01/22/2019

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