Personality Interview Questions

Personality interview questions are extremely important to judge the personal behavior or characteristics of a candidate. A recruiter needs to assess the overall skills and traits of an applicant before they select him/her for the particular position. It is evident that only knowledge and education are not enough to carry out any responsibilities in either professional or personal life. You must possess the right qualities and attitude to complete them with ease.

In these types of sessions, the employer will try to see your attitude, eye contact, confidence level, ability to handle pressure, decision making abilities, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and body language amongst a host of other characteristics. You have to showcase your abilities appropriately during the entire process of questioning. Be in your natural self by maintaining a balance in your attitude. Overconfidence and aggressive nature may cost you a lot.

There are a number of frequently asked questions given below as a guideline. You can refer to them and be prepared with the answers. It is not only about answering correctly, but a major stress is to be given in the way you answer and handle the question. It involves your articulating skills, body language, delivery style, behavior aspects, voice modulation, persuasiveness, etc.

Sample Questions for Personality Interview

  1. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives.

    Think of the most suitable adjectives through which you can describe yourself like 'hardworking', 'responsible', etc.

  2. What should be a perfect job profile for this position according to you?

    Analyze the job description before preparing this answer. Based on that, you can explain the various responsibilities. There is no harm in adding important bits from your part as well. This will show the amount of knowledge you have and your interest in taking up several responsibilities.

  3. Are you able to do multitasking? How well do you handle pressure?

    Give a positive answer for this. Multi-tasking is a part of any job today. Multi-taskers are appreciated more than a slow worker. Support you answer with practical examples from your past employment. Freshers may mention about the multi-tasking events or projects from your academic tenure. Take the same approach for handling pressure. These types of questions always work out well if you give practical examples.

  4. Which were the most creative projects you have ever handled?

    It will be beneficial if you can share the creative project with brief description of the project details and how it was handled. It is very important to highlight your contribution clearly.

  5. How well can you accept changes in a work environment?

    This is to know how adaptable you are. All organizations want employees who have a flexible attitude towards work and the work place. Thus, be positive and share few instances of changes that you have come across in your career. Freshers in this case may cite examples from their personal and academic life.

  6. Are you an expert in this field?

    Be positive but not overconfident. Answer being diplomatic.

    "Through years of hard work and experience, I have learnt a lot to improve my knowledge and skills in my professional life. A room for more learning is always there. I am still learning and on the way of being an expert. Hopefully, with more experience and learning from this organization, I may become an expert very soon."

  7. How do your colleagues describe you? What about your manager/boss?

    Project the positive comments by your friends and manager honestly. Relate your answer with the situations based on which they have commented so.

  8. What improvements have you shown over the last 2 years in your work?

    List out all the areas of improvement that you have achieved through the years. Don't hesitate and be honest.

    "I have learnt to be more organized and patient..."

  9. Do you take part in fun activities/extra curricular activities in your work place?

    This is to see your attitude and involvement in the organizational activities. Fun is also important along with work to rejuvenate yourself. So, the interviewer will always look for an answer which says that you actively take part in all activities.

  10. Don't you think these types of activities waste much of your time during work hours?

    Never say 'yes' to this answer. Fun activities, which helps to motivate employees and establish the concept of work with fun, are a part of the HR policies in any organization.

  11. What are your strengths? How do you use them at work?

    Share the points of strength with real life examples from work. Freshers can share examples from their personal or educational life.

  12. Share one incident where your weakness has created a hindrance in your work?

    Never say that you do not have any weakness to share. Be honest to tell them about your weakness (related to professional area) and how it has effected your work in the past. However, you must convince them that you are working hard to discard these. Share your plan as to how you are working on it. For example, if meeting a deadline is effecting your quality of work, you may share how you are prioritizing the work, making plans for the day/project and trying to cope up the situation.

  13. Why should I offer you the job?

    Draw the attention towards your knowledge and skill set based on which you are the best match for the particular job. Connect their expectations and your skills to give an impressive answer.

  14. What is it that your family/friends/colleagues don't like about you?

    Try to share a very common characteristics which they don't like about you. It is better to say something which has no relation to work. Don't say something which may build a negative impression about you.

    "My friends, family, relatives and colleagues say that I am too fast while eating food/have stopped playing guitar, which I was extremely good at..."

  15. How do you handle criticism at work?

    Give an answer which will project that you are more interested in your work and don't give any importance to unnecessary criticism. But yes, if the criticism is for your good or an improvement, then you take it in a positive way and work on it.

The above personality interview questions are very common amongst employers from any industry. You must evaluate how your answers will be interpreted by the interviewers and prepare yourself accordingly. It is better to practice mock interviews with your friend/s to sharpen the areas which need improvement.

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