I was asked recently what are the best interview answers I have ever heard. This is a difficult one because I hear so few memorable answers and I think therein lies the story. And you certainly can’t rely on sample interview questions and answers.
There are some bad ones that stick out, like “the golfer”. What started out as a mild get to know you question, “I see you play golf” turned into a disaster for the candidate whose whole life rotated around his golf practice. All we heard at our end was “I won’t do this and I won’t work then and I won’t travel there as it will interfere with my golf”
The memorable interviews, the ones that leave you with a good feeling are where the human has turned up. It’s when the candidate opens up a little, takes a chance and reveals something of who they are. It’s where the candidate isn’t too afraid to reveal that they are not perfect.
So if you are thinking about what interview answers you are going to give then think about the poor person sitting at the other side of the desk. With only a little effort you could be the one to deliver the best interview answers ever.