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Interview Questions That Don’t Target Your Skills Or Experience

by Nov 16, 2018

There are common interview questions that you can prepare answers for in advance, such as those which delve into your strengths and weaknesses; and then there are questions which are meant to elicit unscripted responses and probe your personality. It is the questions of this latter variety that Rachel Premack analyzes in her recent article, ‘13 questions hiring managers ask to test your personality.’
Premack observes that employers aren’t only interested in years of experience and office skills, that they want someone who will fit into their working environment and add to it. In her words, employers “want to hire those who also have something unique to offer — like a great personality or a strong set of soft skills.” Interview questions which gauge these qualities try to gather unguarded answers. You can find 13 of these questions is her article, but here are a few:

1) If your best friend was sitting here, what would they say is the best part about being your friend?
2) If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
3) What drives you in your personal life?

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