During interviews, you may or may not be asked personal questions about things you like to do, your personal interest or how your interpersonal skills are. But, keep in mind you ARE in an interview. The last thing the interviewer wants to hear about is how many bars you go to on the weekend, what clubs you hang out in, or anything like that. What they want to know is things about you in relation to work. They want to know if you volunteer at the YMCA, if you help with homeless shelters, and if you do things with underprivileged children or with the community. This is also an opportunity for you to re-say key points about yourself that may or may not have been discussed in the interview earlier.
Things you many want to focus on are: What are your weak points with regard to your ability to perform this job? What are your strong points? How do you work under pressure? What are your two most satisfying accomplishments in relation to work? Do you consider yourself a creative person? If so, why? What important rewards have you received and what are your past career accomplishments? Why should they hire you for the job? What have you learned from your past working experiences? What major problems have you encountered and how did you deal with them? What have you learned from your past mistakes in relation to work?
Basically, this is a forum for you to control the interview and really OUT SHINE the other applicants. The key is to be as honest as possible and to be as professional as possible. This is your chance to show the selecting official that you can speak well, carry a conversation and talk candidly about yourself. Be honest, don’t over exaggerate your accomplishments or yourself – but be honest. Eye contact is essential and necessary for them to see that you can keep eye contact while speaking, normally eye contact tells the selecting official that you are comfortable talking to people and that you are telling the truth.
All in all, the key is to be yourself, and to take a few deep breathes before answering any questions. If you are not comfortable answering personal questions you can choose to not answer the questions, or you can answer as general as you want to. If you don’t wish to engage in a deep discussion you don’t have to. This is really your time to shine and be YOU…and get the JOB or CAREER of YOUR DREAMS. Keep a positive attitude and clear your mind before going into an interview. When you are in an interview, don’t think about anything else except for what you are doing at that time.