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Personal Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your job interview, here are 20 interview questions that are partially focused on your personal life.

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What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?

How to Answer

There are some things that your resume cannot do. Showing off your fabulous personality is one of them, for instance! Talk to the interviewer about some of your unique qualities and be sure to tie these qualities into how they will benefit the company, should they hire you.

Written by Rachelle Enns on August 21st, 2018

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20 Personal Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?

      How to Answer

      There are some things that your resume cannot do. Showing off your fabulous personality is one of them, for instance! Talk to the interviewer about some of your unique qualities and be sure to tie these qualities into how they will benefit the company, should they hire you.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 21st, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "I have a unique ability to strike up a conversation and build rapport with nearly anyone. This skill is a great help when it comes to customer service and sales. My up-selling percentages are always very high."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 21st, 2018

      Admin

      "I am great with social media marketing and feel that my knowledge and experience would be beneficial when it comes to increasing brand awareness and overall sales."

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      Manager

      "I have a strong ability to lead teams of people no matter their background or personality. I can relate to many people because I approach them on their level and get to know them in a way they are most comfortable."

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      Marketing

      "I look forward to bringing with me my broad-minded creativity and strong analytical skills. I think differently than many people within marketing; meaning, I allow my creativity to take the lead and then I compare my ideas with solid data analysis. This method gives me a very high success rate on marketing campaigns."

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      Retail

      "If hired, I will bring with me my unique ability to take on any customer dispute. I can find solutions to problems that work for both parties. The ability to smooth over a situation involving a customer is one of my unique strengths."

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      Sales

      "I have many unique qualities; however, one stand out quality is my linguistic skills. I speak English, Spanish, and Italian - meaning, I can relate to, and negotiate with, a huge client population. This skill will help me to succeed in my territory greatly."

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      Teacher

      "One quality that sets me apart as a teacher is my kind-heartedness. Most teachers in high school do not lead their careers with that quality; however, I am different. I know that it's hard to be a teenager and so I approach my students with empathy. I incorporate their lives into the lesson plans, including what they may personally be experiencing. This approach allows me to relate to my class on a level rare for a teacher."

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      Community Answer

      ""¢ I have a strong ability to make connections with people easily, So I'm sure I'll easily integrate with the team. I have a very analytical mind and also a big desire to learn and continuously increase my impact at the firm."

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      Cindy Ramsey

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      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Nice! These are good and valuable contributions. Can you draw on an example of how you contributed these in the past to a work environment?

  • 2. What excites you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know the types of situations that excite and motivate you on the job. Every hiring manager wants to know how to keep you best motivated and excited on the job. Talk to the interviewer about what excites you and keeps you happy at work.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I have a healthy competitive edge, even if its a personal competition. For me, I am excited and motivated by winning; whether that be winning over a new client, exceeding my KPI's or being recognized for a job well done. I am also motivated and energized by great teamwork."

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      Admin

      "This may sound nerdy; but, organization and a tidy work environment motivate me on the job. I like to feel in control of my workspace. When organized, I feel more accomplished, and my days run smoother."

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      Manager

      "I am excited when I know that my leadership style has influenced someone to grow in their career. When I first started my career I had an excellent mentor who helped me to get where I am today. To give that experience in return, to my direct reports, is incredibly motivating."

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      Marketing

      "Lots of things excite me! On the job, I would have to say that collaboration with a variety of creative minded people is what keeps me on my toes. I love the inspiring ideas that come from my co-workers. This inspiration forces me to push myself creatively."

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      Retail

      "I am excited about opportunities to grow myself professionally. My current employer allows me to attend corporate meetings, even though I am only a key holder, because I soak in the information, and have shown my ability to implement what I learn quickly. Being groomed for future management opportunities, by being considered for extended learning, is very motivating for me."

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      Sales

      "I am excited by the thrill of the chase, and also by incentives. If there is a sales contest, I am going to pull out all stops to win it. If a client casually mentions the potential for a big sale, I am on top of it every minute until I win the contract. I find motivation by knowing I am the best of the best."

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      Teacher

      "I get excited when it comes to opportunities for helping others. When I know that I was able to make a difference, at the end of the day, I feel satisfied and motivated. This motivation is a huge reason why I wanted to become an educator in the first place."

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      Community Answer

      "I love a challenge. The idea of having projects, or even daily tasks to accomplish in an efficient manner is what I am all about. If I don't have a challenge given to me I always find myself challenging myself, trying to get faster, better more efficient. Would you like an example of this?"

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      Chad Wilson

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      Chad Wilson Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great! It sounds like you are motivated by a sense of accomplishment, and energized by opportunities to test yourself, learn and create efficiencies. Also, asking the interviewer if they would like an example is a nice touch, as it creates an opportunity for dialogue. Be sure to have an example prepared, in the event it is needed.

  • 3. If you could teach me about any topic, unrelated to your career, what would you choose?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about your passions. This question is intended for the hiring manager to get to know you, outside of your resume. Choose a topic that you are very knowledgeable about and be sure that your passion comes through. You could choose a sport, a genre of movie, a book that has recently inspired you, music, cooking, or dance. Anything!

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 21st, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "Great question! If I could teach you about any topic, I would teach you about overcoming fears in public speaking. I have been a ToastMaster's member for two years now and have learned a great deal on the topic of public speaking and giving presentations. Having used to be afraid of public speaking, and knowing that it is one of the most common human fears, I love to share my story of overcoming this fear."

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      Admin

      "I am a pro at parenting, considering I have raised three boys! If I could teach you about any topic, I would focus there. As a parent, I feel that I especially excelled in the areas of motivating my kids to do their chores, leading by example, not a dictatorship, and teaching my kids the importance of respecting others. These are all lessons I have instilled in my children and they translate to the workplace too."

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      Manager

      "I have recently been diving into 'The 4-Hour Workweek', by Tim Ferriss. It's all about maximizing your opportunities using the time that you have. I love to teach these concepts to anyone who will listen. The basics include automation, defining your objectives, and eliminating distractions."

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      Marketing

      "If I could teach you any subject, unrelated to work, I would teach about Civil Rights. Ever since I was young, I became obsessed with reading books on these topics. Most kids were reading comic books, but I would be found reading speeches, by Martin Luther King Jr, and other activists. I do feel that Civil Rights is a topic everyone should be interested and involved in."

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      Retail

      "Last year, I started a YouTube channel focused on makeup tutorials. It's exploded to the point where I post a new tutorial twice per week. If I could teach you anything, I would choose the art of contouring, and the cat eye - two of makeup's most challenging tasks for beginners."

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      Sales

      "In addition to sales and negotiations, I am very passionate about boxing. I have taken boxing lessons since I was ten years old. The sport gave me a great deal of confidence and also helped me to stick up for myself in a mature way when I experienced bullying. If I could teach you anything, I would start with how to deliver a jab, jab, hook sequence properly."

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      Teacher

      "I teach my students a great deal about basic math concepts, the planet, and lessons from history. What I would teach you about, if given a chance, would be the incredible advancements we see when it comes to future life on Mars. There are key advances that we need to colonize Mars, including water extraction successfully, and artificial sunlight since Mars only receives 60% of the Earth's sunlight. I could go on for days on this subject. It's fascinating to me."

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      Community Answer

      ""¢ I'd teach you about confronting fear. I went to Snowdonia before covid and we went gorging. In that, we jumped into a waterfall from pretty high. I loved it, but another member of our group was feeling scared. He stood on the edge of where we jump for a quite some time, and it got to a point where he had to jump. We were all in the water, and cheering for him, and he finally made the jump. It was through the process of confronting fear, did he see that there was nothing to be scared for."

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      Cindy Ramsey

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good! The question is seeking insight into areas of knowledge unrelated to work. Your answer shows leadership (not to mention courage ;).

  • 4. What is your definition of hard work?

      How to Answer

      Hard work and dedication can be interpreted differently by everyone. To one person, another person's hard work could seem like slacking. Talk to the interviewer about how you understand a hard day's work.

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  • 5. Who is the smartest person you know? Explain your answer.

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      You can have fun with this question and choose a family member, friend, mentor, author, or celebrity. Just be sure that you can back your answer! If you can relate your response to an influencer in your industry, that's the best way to approach this question. A great way to keep this conversation going would be to ask the interviewer the same matter in the end.

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  • 6. What is something you would be happy doing everyday for the rest of your career?

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      If you could choose any task to do every day for the rest of your career, what would it be and why? Talk to the interviewer about what would make you the happiest and be sure to tie it into something related to their organization.

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  • 7. If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?

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      If money was no object, what kind of business would you start? The interviewer will be able to learn something new and unique about you through this question. Avoid answers that would include building a business that competes with the hiring company.



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  • 8. Do you participate in many social activities with your fellow workers?

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      Often time, engaged and happy employees are the ones who will participate in social and extra-curricular activities. Talk to the interviewer about the ways you participate in social activities with your co-workers. Keep your answer professional as you do not want to come across as someone who becomes involved in workplace drama, or who parties with your co-workers all the time. Also, avoid any answers related to co-worker romantic relationships.

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  • 9. If you could alter your career path, in any way, what would you change?

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      This question will help the interviewer to understand if you have a long and continued passion for your chosen career. Talk to the interviewer about an alternate career path that you might wish for but be sure to keep it related to the position for which you are interviewing.

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  • 10. Tell me one thing about yourself that you would like to improve upon.

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      The interviewer would like to know in which way(s) you seek to improve yourself. This question is another way of asking 'What is your greatest weakness?' Saying 'nothing' is not an option here. Self-improvement is required by everyone, no matter what stage we are in, in life and career. Talk to the interviewer about something that you would improve about yourself and what you are planning to do to achieve that.

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  • 11. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

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      This question is something that you should have an answer ready for at all times. Perhaps you look up to a parent who was a hard worker, or a teacher who encouraged you to become who you are today. Whomever this inspiring person may be, remember that the interviewer is looking for a heartfelt response.

      Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

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  • 12. What is your personal mission statement?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you have a personal motto or mantra. Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

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  • 13. What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?

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      The interviewer would like to know what keeps you busy outside of the workplace. Having hobbies and interests outside of work is an essential part of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Talk to the interviewer about the activities that interest you outside of the workplace. Try to avoid activities that may be controversial such as hunting.

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  • 14. How do you balance life and work?

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      It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself. You do not want to answer as though work is so exhausting that you cannot keep up, but you also do not want to come across as a workaholic either. Find a healthy balance.

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  • 15. How competitive are you?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you have a competitive spirit. Being a competitive person is an excellent thing if you are appropriately competitive in the workplace. Assure the interviewer that you have a tremendous competitive edge when necessary but are still able to balance that competition healthily.

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  • 16. What are you reading right now?

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      Do you feed your mind on a regular basis? What kind of literature do you prefer and why? Talk to the interviewer about a book that you are currently reading. If you are not currently reading a book - talk about one that has impacted you the most.

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  • 17. What is your ideal work environment?

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  • 18. What is your least favorite personal trait, and what are you doing to improve yourself in that area?

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      If you had to pick one trait about yourself that you are not overly proud of, what would it be? The interviewer would like to get a great idea of the 'real' you. Talk a bit about something that you are working on within yourself, but avoid mentioning a trait that would disqualify you for the position.

      Some of the most common personality traits that people dislike include:

      - Being a 'know-it-all.'
      - Conceitedness
      - Rudeness or arrogance
      - Dominating conversations
      - Dishonesty
      - Moodiness or being temperamental
      - Irresponsible
      - Co-dependent

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  • 19. Are you a reliable friend?

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      This question should have a simple answer. Of course, you are a reliable friend! What the interviewer is looking for, is an example of a time when you were a stand-up friend to someone else. Being a great friend will show the interviewer that you are an unselfish person, and willing to go out of your way to help someone out.

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  • 20. Tell me about the proudest day of your life.

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      The interviewer would like to know you on a more personal level. There is no right or wrong answer but if you are able, keep your answer career or school related. Be sure to express any challenges that you overcame to reach this proud day, and discuss what it took to get you there. You can then let the interviewer know that you will have the same excitement and tenacity towards your goals while working for their organization.

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