Tell Me One Thing About Yourself You Wouldn’t Want Me To Know

Some interviewers may ask you uncomfortable interview questions such as Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know…Don’t let this interview question catch you off guard! On this page, you can find interview tips and example answers that’ll help you structure your own response.

The reason why interviewers ask this question is to gauge your honesty, openness and transparency, but also to reveal negative information about you that you may not reveal otherwise. The hiring process and financial commitment that follows is a costly affair, so the interviewer wants to be reassured.

#1 Example Answer

“Honestly, I’ve LinkedIn-stalked all of your profiles before showing up to the interview. It’s a bit weird, I know, but I’m genuinely curious about others’ background stories and what makes them tick. For example, I’ve noticed that you are working on [Project] that I’m really curious about. I will then do additional research on the most common challenges, obstacles, time to completion etc. A couple of hours pass by before I know it.”

#2 Example Answer

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve changed jobs quite frequently within a short period of time. I don’t want to come across as a job hopper so I rather avoid talking about some of my previous roles. When there is no mutual value, there is no reason to stay around for years in my opinion. I do, however, strongly believe that each and every experience contributed to my personal and professional growth.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t mention anything related to a state of emotional, physical or mental exhaustion. Although, It’s human to feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained or unable to meet demands, you shouldn’t mention it during your job interview.
  • Do share something funny or embarrassing about yourself. It’s important to keep it positive and light-hearted. You can also mention something you used to be weak in but developed overtime. 
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