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Job interview question and answer: If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite three people, dead or alive, who would you invite?

Posted October 13, 2011, by Andrea Riddell

The point of this question is to learn a little about your interests and what makes you tick. This will also give the interviewer an idea of whether you will fit into the office. Choose three people who represent your interests. If you’re interested in literature choose your favourite author. If you’re passionate about politics then choose an inspirational political leader.

There is an endless scope of people to choose from. You can decide to choose three people who reflect your diverse interests or you may choose to invite three people from the same area for an in-depth conversation. You may even choose your deceased grandmother if you wish. This question is not about gauging how smart you are. If you haven’t read War and Peace then don’t lie and rave on about it being one of the greatest works of fiction. It is bound to backfire on you and come across as fake and pretentious.

Be true to yourself and your interests and explain why you would invite each guest. Giving an explanation with your choices will make the interviewer see your point of view and respect your reasoning. It will also give them an insight into how you approach a problem.

Remember, you are still in a job interview and you need to give the interviewer a reason to hire you. Make your choices interesting and your reasoning thoughtful. If you do choose your grandmother, state why. If Tolstoy happens to be your favourite author and is invited to your dinner party, then tell the interviewer why he is such an inspiration. Think about what you would discuss during dinner. Would your guests get along with each other? How would they interact?

Think about some questions you would like to ask or some topics of conversation you would like to cover during dinner and go from there. There is no right answer to this question so your only objective is to make yourself stand out from the crowd of other interviewees.

Andrea Riddell

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