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Tell me one thing about yourself that is not on your resume.

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

Written on August 9th, 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

This question is another open-ended one where it can be easy to ramble on and on. Avoid this by preparing a couple of statements regarding what makes you a stand-out candidate, but may not be on your resume. For instance, you may want to mention some current volunteer work, an exciting hobby, your favorite books on business or leadership, a pipe-dream that you have (career-related) or even additional languages that you speak. However, you choose to reply, ensure that it remains on track with a career conversation.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"One thing that I have not included on my resume, is that I am currently attending online courses in the evenings and weekends to complete my Masters' in Accounting. My estimated graduation date is next June. I am excited to reach this milestone as the added education can only support me further in my career."

Answer example

"I did not include my volunteer work on my resume as there was not much room left on the document. For the past five years, I have spent every Saturday working at the local animal shelter, helping with pet adoptions. This work has taught me further software skills and has strengthened my people-facing and engagement skills as well."

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"One thing you would not know about me, from reading my resume, is that I am an avid reader. I aim to read one new book on leadership, management, business, or professional development, once a week. Currently, I am reading 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins. Last week, I completed 'Leaders Eat Last,' by Simon Sinek."

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"I did not put my GPA on my resume, but perhaps I should have - I am very proud of it! I graduated with my MSc in Digital Marketing with a 3.7 GPA. All of this, I accomplished while also working part-time."

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"I speak three languages fluently which is a great help in my current retail sales position. Because of my language skills, I can assist customers in English, Spanish, and Mandarin."

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"Back in 2007, I spend a few months working in Japan. This experience was earlier in my career, so I no longer include it on my resume. Just after graduating with my business degree I took an internship with a global organization where I immersed myself in the Japanese business culture. The skills and knowledge gained were immeasurable."

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"One thing you would not know about me, from reading my resume, is that I started my education career in the private school sector. It was just for one year, where I taught at a private charter school. The experience was nice; however, I much prefer the challenges that come with public education."

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.
Published: 08/09/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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