IT talent: 7 memorable responses to classic interview questions

Finding the right talent can be a long, laborious task for leaders and hiring managers. After sifting through hundreds of resumes and conducting multiple interviews over several days or weeks, candidates start to blend together, and the same responses to the same questions get old. That’s why a candidate’s quirky or surprising response to a common question can be so memorable.


Memorable isn’t always good, though. You don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons, but you also don’t want to blend in so much that you’re forgotten as soon as you walk out of the office.

We asked leaders and recruiters to share the most memorable responses they’ve gotten to common interview questions. Their answers offer valuable insights for job hunters on how to make a positive – and lasting – impression.


Do demonstrate confidence – and adaptability

“Why do you think you’re a good fit for this position?” It’s a classic interview question, and most people answer it by listing the skills on their resume, their educational background, and their experience in the field, says Shayne Sherman, CEO of TechLoris.

“The answer that stood out the most was the person who said: ‘I am more than the skills listed on my resume. I am the type of person who rises to a challenge and becomes a creator instead of someone who just falls in line. You can’t learn that in college, though I have the degree. It’s something you’re born with and I’m born with it,’” said Sherman.


Sherman took the response as confidence and insight into what that person felt they could contribute, he said. “Someone who feels they can mold to whatever the job requires of them goes a long way in my book, and I’m willing to give such a person a chance,” said Sherman.

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