Personal Interview

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Updated on April 26th, 2019. Learn more here.

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

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How to Answer: If you could teach me about any topic, unrelated to your career, what would you choose?

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    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!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "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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      Anonymous Answer

      "I would definitely teach you about Jiu-Jitsu, I have had the opportunity to train jiu-jitsu for a year now and it really is something I am passionate about."

      Chad's Answer

      This is a good start! To strengthen this response, elaborate on the reasons(s) you are passionate about this form of martial arts. Is there a particular benefit you have gained since you began the practice? What specific aspect of Jiu-Jitsu would you focus on teaching to the interviewer?

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      Anonymous 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."

      Cindy's Answer

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

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