Tell me something no one else knows about you.
Now, in case you aren’t sure, this is an irrelevant question. It doesn’t directly help an interviewer learn how the candidate can perform the work or fit with the team. It doesn’t help the candidate learn about the job. That means it’s irrelevant.
However, if you are looking for a job, you can use this question. I would focus the question back at the work. Here are some ways to answer this question:
- Tell a personal story about how you exhibited problem-solving or fit with a team. Something that you know or suspect the interviewer is looking for.
- If this is a first question, ask the interviewer, “What does success look like for this job? I can tell you how I did something like that in the past.” If you do have that experience on your resume, point to it.
- Think back to the value you bring to an organization. Now, think of a personal story that shows one or more of those values.
Answer this question with a story. Your interviewer is looking for something personal.
If you’re not sure how to answer or define your value, look at Manage Your Job Search. I have a number of examples of how to answer irrelevant questions.