During a job interview, hiring managers often ask candidates some icebreaker questions. Often, they aren’t job-specific. Instead, the main purpose of these job interview questions is to get the conversation flowing, helping the hiring manager and job seeker develop a level of rapport.
The issue is, coming up with great answers to questions like, “What’s a fun fact about you?” isn’t always easy. Luckily, with a bit of preparation, you can navigate that question with ease. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here’s what you need to know about coming up with a fun fact.
The Goal of Your Fun Fact
When you’re choosing a fun fact, you don’t want to pick one haphazardly. Ideally, you want to select a fun fact that helps you stand out positively.
Your answer is a chance to be memorable, something that can be hard to achieve when discussing technical capabilities and base credentials that many candidates have in common with the competition. Additionally, it’s an opportunity to showcase your personality and add a degree of levity, both of which can work in your favor.
When you’re considering what to share, always keep this point in mind. It’s a chance to set yourself apart from the crowd, so make sure to seize the moment.
Reflect on Your Life Experiences
In most cases, your fun fact should come from a life experience, not necessarily a professional one. If you go purely work-related, the hiring manager gets fewer insights into who you are as a person.
Often, this question is about getting to know you and wanting to see if you’re well-rounded. First, spend a little time reflecting on life experiences that stand out to you, and put them on a list. Then, take that list with you to the next step.
Find an Indirect Connection to the Job
While you usually want to steer clear of professional achievements, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose a fun fact that has some connection to working. For example, if you discuss a unique skill that you’ve recently acquired, it shows that you’re willing to learn, which is a trait a hiring manager may appreciate. In addition, international travel can highlight a curious nature, while a long-term hobby can showcase dedication and commitment.
When you discuss your fun fact, position it to have that kind of indirect connection to the job. That way, what the hiring manager learns is still valuable.
Pick Something Entertaining
When you select something to share, make sure it’s actually fun. Choose something entertaining or quirky, or even a bit humorous. While you still want to remain professional and discuss something work-appropriate, having fun with it is a smart move.
Ultimately, your fun fact is an opportunity to be memorable and share insights about who you are as a person. By choosing one that also has an indirect connection to the job, you can stand out for all of the right reasons.
If you’d like to learn more about how to succeed during your next job interview, the team at The Advance Group can help. Contact us today.