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‘Tell us an interesting fact about yourself’: How to deal with interview icebreakers
Job interviews often include a question-and-answer element in which interviewers try to gain more information about you as a person and as a professional. When asked to share interesting facts about yourself, share a few interesting personal elements, but try to stick to tidbits that demonstrate or reflect your professionalism and work ethic. Avoid any potentially controversial facts, such as daredevil hobbies, questionable behavior or anything that might appear to put your character in question. Sharing unusual interests or hobbies can set you apart in the minds of interviewers as a unique and memorable individual. Perhaps you collect a particular type of artwork that inspires you, you challenge yourself with pursuits like mountain climbing, or you express your creative side by taking calligraphy classes. When describing your involvement in your hobbies, explain the impetus behind them in a way that demonstrates how these interesting facts make you a well-rounded individual and potential employee.
Icebreakers like this are the worst; the ones which put you on the spot and challenge you to be the most fantastically interesting and cool person possible in 0. Or if all else fails, the time you successfully ate 20 chicken nuggets in one sitting or won the gold cup on Mario Kart will do. So what do you do? How do you respond questions like this on the spot and keep your cool? Debut are here to save the day, with our top tips. For every interview you go into you should prepare for all eventualities.
If there is one thing that I absolutely dread, it's getting asked to give a fun fact about yourself. We have all been in this uncomfortable predicament. However, if you're like me and are too scared to get a heart attack mid-air, then don't worry, there are a million other things you can say about yourself. I can tell you this from personal experience. I broke my wrist while wearing Heelys, not even 24 hours after I bought them. Have you been to a concert for the same artist multiple times, or have you ever had a ton of concussions for the same reason? Having something so rare happen to you more than once is definitely a good fun fact.
After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!
When you first start searching for a job and get invited to a couple of interviews, you may feel overwhelmed at first, because it is all new to you and sometimes new things can be a little scary, so it is a completely normal feeling. But after some time and couple more interviews you will probably get used to the concept and manage to anticipate almost every question they are going to ask you. You will probably practice at home with your friends and think you are ready for anything they throw at you. And then you hear that one question, that can stun you and leave you thinking for a couple of seconds, which is of course enough for the interviewer to notice that you have been pretending and that, in fact, you are not so sure about yourself as it may have seemed before. That is why in this text, I am going to explain how to answer that and some other questions, how to mention some fun facts about yourself in your resume and during the interview. Before you even get to the interview phase and get asked some interesting questions, first you need to send your resume.