One of the most common job interview questions, “Tell me something interesting about yourself,” can be tough to answer. If you find it hard to come up with something interesting on the spot, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
According to experts, here are helpful tips on answering this question effectively and making a great impression on your interviewer.
Interesting Facts About Me:What is a fact that sheds light on
Your non-traditional career path
Your hobbies, volunteer work, and interests outside of work
An SFW story that is almost too good to believe
A skill you learned in the last few years
Your biggest personal goal for the new year
A time you broke a bone or the story behind a scar (as long as it isnt traumatizing for you to share)
Have you had your appendix or tonsils removed?
Something youre irrationally afraid of (like bugs!)
A recurring dream you have had + what you think it might mean
Interesting Facts About Yourself (FAQs)
Some examples of fun facts about yourself are:
Know your skills; create an accurate picture of your skill set
Before setting out to market yourself, you must have a good knowledge of “the product”—you.
To do this, you need to create an accurate picture of your skill set. You have to gain a solid understanding of your own qualifications.
Employers are not looking for a specific person with skills to hire. They are looking for a specific solution to their specific problem.
If automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning have taught us anything, it is that when businesses can automate a task to avoid costs, they will do so.
Positioning yourself as a solution rather than an executive looking for a job will create clarity and confidence as you navigate the selection and interview process.
In my own experience recruiting executives, I noticed most candidates were unclear on the specific value they deliver. They spoke in general and broad terms about their responsibilities, whereas very few were able to articulate the specific benefits (with metrics).
Here is what you can say:
“I am the CEO of a non-profit organization with 15 years of experience. When my last company hired me, we were $200,000 in debt and had a high employee turnover.
I ordered a complete financial audit and discovered some major inefficiencies, and corrected them. I spearheaded a new fundraising strategy, and I initiated an employee loyalty program.
After 18 months, we were $1.5M profitable. Employee turnover has reduced by 35%, and we have exceeded our funding goals for the current year. Donors have increased by an average of 24% year over year.
The Board was very pleased with these results, and our improved employee engagement has reduced churn. We are now receiving excellent media coverage. Our clients are benefiting from the success.”
Keynote Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Innovator and CEO, PsychoGeometrics™