How to answer interview questions about your personality

Comment répondre aux questions d’entrevue portant sur votre personnalité

During a job interview, the questions on the personality are often the most difficult, because they confront us with our weaknesses, our fears, our emotions. Here are some tips to answer these questions successfully.

What are these questions ?

You will have understood, with questions on the personality, the goal is not to learn about your technical capabilities and your qualifications, but to learn more about you. In other words, we want to know everything that is not perceptible to reading your CV !

The recruiter wants to know how you fit in an organization. He wants to know about your way of interacting with your colleagues or your superiors, or your way of approaching certain situations.

His goal ? Identify certain indications that will tell him if your profile fits with the company and the position for which you are applying.

What kind of question?

“What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses ?” is certainly one of the most frequently asked questions. It deserves to linger a little to avoid some of the pitfalls such as the response ” I’m a perfectionist “. In fact, for the weaknesses, it is better to identify a skill that you have not had the opportunity to develop in your previous employment, and explain that you would like to acquire in your future job.

Moreover, you can expect some of the following questions :

  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What do you expect from your manager?
    • Tell us about a difficult problem you encountered in a previous job and how you have managed.
    • Tell us about a time when you worked as a team. What was your role?
    • What do you like most about working with others? What do you like least?
    • Have you ever had a misunderstanding with one of your colleagues? How has it been resolved?
    • What would you do if your team members do not contribute to their share of the work?

How to respond to it?

All these questions call for a response developed. You must provide clear examples, even when the question did you not ask explicitly.

Attention, be brief and ensure that the response is positive, it emphasizes your achievements and your successes.

Thus, each example should help to highlight some of your qualities and skills, such as the ability to work in a team, solve problems, or communicate well, adaptability, consensus-seeking, or loyalty.

Get ready…

It is essential to prepare this kind of questions and then think of specific examples of upstream. Be attentive to the job description in the advertisement. The qualities are often listed.

If you are lacking inspiration, please do not hesitate to ask for help from your loved ones who will be able to talk to you about your character traits. You can also practice by doing personality tests online.

One last tip : be honest and authentic, and not forget your good manners ! Your personality is also reflected through your attitude during the interview. Also, be listening, smiling, not interrupting, taking his time to respond, and do not hesitate to ask for clarification on an issue are details that can make all the difference…


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