The good news is that prepping for personal questions is pretty easy. You just need to take stock of some basic facts about yourself and get comfortable saying them confidently. Think about the aspects of your life that naturally lead into a conversation and showcase why you’d be good for the team. You may not be able to predict the specific personal questions that could come up, but here are a few to get you thinking:
- Where are you from?
- What do you like about LA, and how does it compare to your hometown?
- How do you spend your time outside of work?
- Why/how did you choose your college or major?
- What are some of your favorite TV shows and movies?
- What’s the last great book you read?
- Where would you most like to travel/what’s the best place you’ve traveled to?
- Tell me about your family.
- What should I know about you that’s not on your resume?
- What is a surprising thing you learned in school that has helped you in your career?
Some of the questions are larger in scope -- there’s a lot about you that’s not on yourresume, for instance. How boring would you be if your whole self was able to be described on one page?! Think about something personal that reflects how you’d be as an employee, like your summer living abroad where you learned how to adapt to new circumstances and communicate with people from different backgrounds. Don’t mention something completely out of left field, like the fact that you make the world’s best chocolate chip cookies, orsomething that's TMI and could come off the wrong way. And if there's something interesting that you know you'd like to bring up in an interview before you ever walk into the room, you can add some personal interests to your resume -- this will often prompt an employer to ask about them.
The best thing about prepping for these questions is that you’ll get a confidence boost from the self reflection. By articulating why you’ve come to make the decisions you’ve made and how full your life is outside of work, you’ll own those things more fully, and that confidence will come across in an interview.