Provided by: John R. Barker
Date Added: Jan 2008
The best answer to a personality-oriented question is the answer the interviewer would give themselves. Another option is to challenge or dismiss the question in a funny and/or witty way. This second option works best if you've already shown yourself to be a valuable person (such as through your knowledge of the work or industry). Showing the interviewer that you're in control of the situation and not overwhelmed by their question is often better than answering the question directly. In an interview or personal selling situation, you need to demonstrate two things: personality and value. For many technical positions, employers are willing to sacrifice personality for value. But in positions that require working with other people, demonstrating personality may be equally if not more important.