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

1 of 20 Personal Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
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"To me, the smartest person I know is the author, Brene Brown. She has such unique concepts, and I have never seen anyone be able to dissect and analyze statistics quite like her. She's brilliant. Who do you feel is the smartest person you know?"

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"The smartest person I know is my grandmother! She served in the armed forces and made a name for herself in a time when it wasn't popular for women to serve in the military. I admire her smarts and her courage."

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"The smartest person I know, and someone I listen to all the time, is Tony Robbins. I listen to his podcast, I read his books, and I will attend his sessions and seminars whenever possible. I find his approach to marketing and sales to be fresh and straightforward. Who is your biggest influence?"

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"I gain much of my influence, as a marketer, from Neil Patel. He was making a splash in the entrepreneurial and marketing space before he even hit 30 and President Obama even recognized his work. I admire his ability to take chances at a young age and apply that same type of drive in my career."

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"My idol and someone who I look to for advice on style and business would be Sophia Amoruso. She was once homeless and now runs one of the most successful fashion brands in the world, Nasty Gal. Strong women in business inspire me."

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"The smartest person I know was one of my professors when I was completing my MBA. Professor Smith. He had a passion for reading and research which made him a walking encyclopedia when it came to business and sales. I asked him to be my mentor, and he agreed. We still meet once per month, and his knowledge has had a huge impact on my career successes so far."

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"As an educator, I have had the incredible opportunity to learn from some significant influencers. The most influential to me has been the work of E.D. Hirsch, Jr, who founded the Core Knowledge Foundation. He has done a lot to reform the common core curriculum. His concepts are incredible. Do you follow his work?"

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: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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