“So, tell me a little bit about yourself?”
It’s the interview question we all dread. After all, how do you begin to answer such a vague question? So you stutter out a few cliches, and you can tell that the interviewer doesn’t look impressive. Then you get nervous, anxious, and can’t show off the best version of yourself.
Don’t feel bad if this story sounds familiar – and don’t blame yourself for not getting that job. Because as the latest research from resume.io shows, good interviews start with good questions.
The online resume builder looked at 13 interview questions asked by successful business leaders. It outlines why these interview questions are so important, what they’re trying to learn about you, and how to answer them in a way that really impresses a potential employer.
The 13 questions include a brain teaser from Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. He asks:
“You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?”
The answer is the North Pole, and the question is designed to test whether a candidate can think quickly and process new data effectively.
But what if you don’t know the answer? Does your dream career as a SpaceX engineer vanish in front of your eyes? Not necessarily. Because how you answer interview questions is often just as important as finding the ‘right’ answer.
And you can learn more about that in the infographics below.
13 interview questions asked by successful business leaders (and how to answer them), courtesy of Resume.io