How would you answer these 14 personality questions in a job interview?

Not all interview questions pertain to the job.

How would you answer these 14 personality questions in a job interview?

A job interview can be an interesting dance. Sometimes the questions are completely on target, other times, they seem to come out of nowhere.

Certain job interviews do tend to become conversations, and that’s not typically a bad thing, but how do would you handle it if the meeting took a turn more toward “personality test” than “job interview?”

Of course, there are limitations to what a recruiter or hiring manager can ask you in a job interview setting. Questions about your age, origin, religion, arrest record, your plans to (or not to) have children and a variety of others are off limits.

But sometimes a question about you is simply that. How would you fare if asked any of the questions below in a job interview?

  1. What are some of your hobbies?
  2. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  3. What is your favorite quote and why?
  4. What is your favorite novel and why?
  5. What is your favorite movie and why?
  6. What is your favorite TV show and why?
  7. If you retired tomorrow and wanted to start a wildly different second career, what would you do?
  8. Tell me about your proudest non-work achievement.
  9. What is your greatest fear?
  10. Which is worse to regret: a mistake you made or not having tried something?
  11. Do you enjoy travel?
  12. Where is your favorite place to visit?
  13. Describe a personal hero of yours.
  14. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

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