What makes you interesting is one of the more complex interview common questions since you may not be sure what answer is being sought. In this video, Valerie Sutton advises you to focus instead on the question "why should I hire you" and to create a narrative focused on why you are uniquely are qualified for the position.
- To tell you honestly, I have never known what people are trying to get from the question "what makes you interesting?". This answer can be different based on the industry and who is asking it. For instance, a startup, it could be "what makes you quirky and fun to hang out with?", or with a more traditional organization, it may be how you uniquely are qualified for the specific role. My advice is to focus on the role and why the organization should hire you, as this is the reason you are interviewing in the first place. So, why should they hire you? You are going to want to create a narrative focused on your experience, skills, and unique background, and personality that align with both the role and company culture.
How you start will depend on what is most authentic to you. I will take you through each category to help you get started. The first thing to think about is bringing in your personality. No matter the position, you will be spending a lot of time with your coworkers and they want to like you. Personality is important, as this is what truly sets you apart, it establishes ongoing rapport, and transforms your message. Personality is best shown through a story, so have a bit of fun and show your enthusiasm for the position freely.
A great way to stand out is your excitement for their product or brand. Think about how you may have used their services or connected to their mission. For instance, if you were applying at LinkedIn, you may say something like "I'm actually one of your first users. "In fact, I got the notification "that I was in the first 300,000 users "and now it's over 400 million." You will also want to state your specific skills that can add value to the position, especially where you exceed their expectations. Examine the job description and determine where you are particularly strong and focus part of your answer here.
You may also want to bring in your unique experiences that add value. Think of the quality or success rate that you have had over time. Do you always exceed sales goals? Do you always submit work on time? These are great ways to showcase your experience, as a whole, that fit within the role or company culture. Remember to pool in all of this information into a story that allows your personality to shine through. Engage your interviewers to want to learn more about you. Your story is unique to you and it is what makes you very interesting to the employer.
- 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?