In this video tutorial, watch an example of how two people answered the common interview question what makes you interesting. Valerie Sutton, director Career Services at Harvard Graduate School of Education, analyzes their answers and offers tips on how to best address this interview question and ways to improve.
- We're now going to look at some examples of job candidates answering the question, "What makes you interesting?" When answering this, it comes down to "Why should I hire you?" Its a narrative of your cumulative experience that lead you to this position. The first candidate, Tom, is interviewing for an entry-level position as a UX designer. Let's see what he says. - Tom, what makes you interesting? - Before my coursework, I was always user-centered. I would design my thank-you cards based on the personalities of the people that I would talk with.
I also would love to work with your company because you are already so user-centered. And based on my experience, I would love to bring that to the company and I would love to continue the conversation. - Great. - Tom's narrative worked well. Even though it's not work-related, he creatively demonstrates his interest in user design. He also talks about how his interest is aligned with the company's philosophy, further supporting his candidacy. Now let's look at how someone seeking a more senior position as a training and development manager might answer this question.
- So Donna, what makes you interesting? - It's really about helping people. I find that each position and volunteer opportunity that I have taken on is about helping people to be the best that they can be in their careers. My experience traveling and working internationally, in the United Kingdom, in Asia, in France, has given me a unique cultural perspective, so that I can better understand individual needs. Also I think my experience in evaluation and assessment gives me a good idea of how to help out in each situation.
And that's why I'm so excited to work for this company, because this company has so much growth and potential, and it would just be one of the most amazing places to work. - Great. Your background's really varied. - Oh, thank you. - Donna does a fantastic job of focusing on her motivation for work and supporting this with specific examples. I like that she brought in her international experience which gives her a unique perspective that others may not have.
- Tell me about your strengths
- Tell me about your weaknesses
- Why are you interested in our company?
- Why did you leave your previous company?
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation
- What questions do you have?