Most Common Personal Interview Questions:
(e.g. Interview Questions About Yourself and Your Personal Life)
Q: What are three words other people would use to describe you?
A: The best answer to this is to include something about how you work well with others, are hard working or see things through, and are creative in solving problems.
Q: How do you picture a typical work week or work day?
A: The interviewer is looking for your time management skills on this. They want to hear that you can organize your time around work. Tell them that you go to bed early enough to get the right amount of sleep, get up early enough to do all your morning activities and still get to work on time, and relax when you get home to show that you have a balanced, healthy lifestyle and that nothing will interfere with your work performance.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your working style?
A: Say that you complete your tasks quickly, but also pay attention to detail and check your work again once you’ve completed it.
Q: Do you ever work on job-related assignments at home?
A: Say that you do not unless absolutely necessary to complete an assignment on time. Your interviewer wants to know that you won’t get overly stressed out and burnt out over work, but that you will do what needs to be done.
Q: How do you handle on the job stress?
A: Talk about how you appreciate some stress because it motivates you, but that you do what needs to be done and don’t worry too much about things. Also talk about things you do to relax after your work day, like doing things you enjoy or exercising.)
Q: Besides stress, what other things motivate you in your work?
A: You typically want to answer with three or four things here – doing a quality job and being proud of your work, providing for your family, seeking opportunities to advance in the company, and contributing to quality efforts of your team or providing a quality product to your customer.
Q: What do you expect to make on this job?
A: When giving your salary requirements, keep it in the range of what the job typically pays and what you’re realistically worth. Remember that you are probably not the only qualified person applying for this job so you have to price yourself competitively.
Q: Thinking back on your life, what are you most disappointed about?
A: Answer honestly here. The interviewer wants to hear about you as a person. What things in your life have gone really wrong? Don’t talk about minor things because this will show that you take little things too seriously.
Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
A: Again, this doesn’t have to be and probably shouldn’t be about work. Talk about what drives you as a person. What do you care most about? Hint: It shouldn’t be you.
Q: What kinds of things really bother you?
A: Bring the conversation back to work with this one. Talk about how you hate it when people make mistakes because they don’t follow the rules or the company policies.
Q: Tell me about the last time you got angry on the job.
A: Be honest, but respective of anyone involved. Make sure that the interviewer knows that you handled the problem calmly, rather than overreacting, yelling, or taking violent measures.
Q: If you could have a do-over, what would you change about your life?
A: Again, this is simply to see who you are as a person. Talk about something significant, but be careful. The best answer is to say that you are satisfied with your life because you have learned from everything that has happened, even the bad moments.
Q: Do you like to work by yourself or in a group?
A: Explain that you are comfortable with both and give some examples of when you did both. Of course, you should have done a little research about the position you’re applying for, so if it’s primarily a team position, lean heavily on your experience working on a team, and vice versa for a more independent position.
Q: What is your ideal work environment?
A: This answer should again be dependent on your research of the company and the position. If it is a fast-paced job, say you like a fast-paced environment to keep up the excitement and keep from getting bored. If it’s more of a professional atmosphere, talk about that, etc.
Q: What does success mean to you?
A: Being proud of your work, meeting goals, exceeding expectations set by the company or your supervisor, delivering a superior product, etc.
Q: If you believed the company or your supervisor was making a wrong decision, what would you do?
A: Say that you would respectfully voice your concerns, but then abide by and support the decision made. It’s your job to make the company stronger, but not make every decision.