Job interview question and answer: If you were a piece of fruit what would you be?

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Dmitriy Shironosov |

Although it sounds like a question from a cheesy dating program, this is actually an invitation for you to showcase your skills and qualities.

Think of this kind of question as an opportunity to talk about any aspect of your personality that you think the employer would be impressed with.

Simply think of your strengths and the characteristics required in the job or industry. Then think of a fruit which could embody these qualities. Your explanation is more important than the fruit you nominate as it brings your response back to what you have to offer the company.

Some possible responses:

  • 'I would be an apple. Apples can be juiced, baked, or eaten on their own or in fruit salad. Like this I am versatile and can perform well in different situations, on my own or in a team. And if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I am just as reliable and will be a healthy asset to your organisation.'
  • 'I would be a passionfruit. This is a hardy fruit that grows well in higher altitudes. I thrive under pressure, can take criticism and am also very passionate about what I do.'
  • 'I would be a banana. I have a soft centre and excellent people/empathy skills, but I also have a thick skin and am not put off by setbacks. I grow and develop all year round.'

Employers also want to see that you have a sense of humour. Have fun with this and be prepared to show your personality – perhaps you could be a ‘blackberry’ or ‘apple’ because you love technology!

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