Tell me an interesting fact about yourself in an Interivew?

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I've only had this happen once in an interview, but it comes up a lot at networking sessions and as an "ice breaker" in other situations.

What do you guys use?

Interesting Facts About Yourself

It's a bit awkward sometimes to answer this "funny facts about me" interview question, so it's best to be prepared. Some tips on topics you could talk about without seeming too unprofessional.

  • Hobbies like playing sports, watching certain sport teams (safe)
  • Exotic or weird locations you've traveled to
  • Specific food you like that is not typical in whatever culture you are in
  • Anything that is not on your resume that you are proud of

Fun Facts About Me - Don't Make Too Fun

Depending on the context, you don't want to get too personal or too weird/fun, especially in an interview setting. Usually, it's best to check with some friends who will be honest with you before settling on a few answers to this "fun facts" question that you can go to confidently when this inevitably pops up!

Good luck!

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Nov 11, 2013

Something interesting about myself.

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Nov 11, 2013

I usually tell them something interesting about myself.

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Nov 11, 2013
Loki777:

I usually tell them something interesting about myself.

Nov 11, 2013

if you can't answer this then I feel bad for you

Nov 11, 2013

OP, not literally every question has a right answer that you need to spout to get a job. Just tell them something you think is interesting about yourself. If you really have nothing interesting about yourself, start to do more fun stuff.

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Nov 11, 2013

Come out of the closet to the interviewer.

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Nov 11, 2013

+1, this would be hilarious.

Or, "I've always felt like I'm supposed to be a girl and want to enter IB so I can finally afford the necessary operation."

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Nov 11, 2013
notthehospitalER:

+1, this would be hilarious.

Or, "I've always felt like I'm supposed to be a girl and want to enter IB so I can finally afford the necessary operation."

I'm dying laughing at this lol

Nov 11, 2013

Don't forget to slowly start sobbing....make it seem like the interviewer was the first person you have came out of the closet to

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Nov 11, 2013

Obviously I have hobbies, but something like "I really like baseball" just doesn't seem very interesting, I recently used "I studied 4 languages growing up and I can pretty much speak none of them" but I don't think this would look good in an interview setting...

Nov 11, 2013

"I am the one who knocks"

Nov 11, 2013

I prepared an answer to this question for recruiting because I was having a difficult time thinking of something on the spot in an interview. Having a strong answer in your back pocket can be very valuable if it ever comes up.

Nov 11, 2013

"Interesting fact? I hadn't read about this in any interview guides. But, I guess I have two. They're not that interesting as far as facts go, but your home address is 572 El Camino Drive and your wife usually showers around 7 am, just after you leave."

"Oh, you said interesting facts about myself? Nothing."

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Nov 12, 2013

Just say you struggle to supress sociopathic tendencies on a daily basis and also really like kalamata olives. These kind of delicate questions usually require a gentle touch.

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Nov 12, 2013

I have webbed buttocks.

Nov 12, 2013

Hahahha, great!

Just tell them how Zuckerberg stole your idea for Facebook and that you deserve all credit.

Nov 12, 2013

Hahahha, great!

Just tell them how Zuckerberg stole your idea for Facebook and that you deserve all credit.

Nov 11, 2013

Any other actual ideas?

Nov 24, 2013

Warning: Serious answer ahead.

A few that I've used before (to success):
- I've gotten in a huge nerf gun fight in an office before. Nobody was injured, but many a pride was hurt. Mainly due to my skills with a semi-automatic.
- Once, a gang fight broke out at a client event. We handled it gracefully.
- I used to run the original Virtual Choir before Eric Whitacre was able to make it a worldwide success with financial backing. Ask me about how I managed an international organization at the age of 14.
- I single-handedly shipped a piece of software in 3 days in my sophomore year internship. Beat that.
- I first became interested in finance at the age of 10. I acted as a market-maker for the lending, selling, and buying of cheap paperback books amongst my classmates. Made some great money - 50 cents a trade. Hey now, that's a lot for an elementary school kid.
- I was a published author at the age of 9.
- During my first entry-level marketing job, they let me lead a client account team. Yeah, I managed people above my career level and did it pretty damn well.
- I'm a professional dancer. Come see a show sometime.
- When faced with a choice, I always pick pie over cake.

I tend to go for the "confident" thing.

hieverybody:

Obviously I have hobbies, but something like "I really like baseball" just doesn't seem very interesting, I recently used "I studied 4 languages growing up and I can pretty much speak none of them" but I don't think this would look good in an interview setting...

A lot of people have studied languages growing up. Especially the Asian kids who know their native language, English, and another required one from high school. Boring. Tell them something that they'll remember.

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

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Nov 11, 2013

Thanks for the answer chicandtoughness, I actually also always go pie over cake, maybe I'll have to use that one...

Nov 24, 2013

Dammit I knew serious answers would get me MSed :(

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Nov 25, 2013

I've told a recruiter how, at age 13, I tried to build my own flamethrower with a SuperSoaker, duck tape, a candlestick and gasoline.

Never again.

"Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know." - Michael Lewis

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