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    What kind of person are you?

    Hi, my friend has been interviewed and during the interview, the manager asked him to evaluate himself what kind of person he is
    " Evaluate yourself, what kind of person you are..."

    Would anyone like to explain me the meaning of that question? For me, It's quite impolite and quite ridiculous. Thank you :)


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    Re: What kind of person are you?

    Why would you see it as rude, or indeed ridiculous? The interviewer is asking the candidate to describe how he sees him- for instance, he might say that he is vigorous, well-spoken, very intelligent, committed to hard work, ready to listen to advice, enjoys dancing and socialising, loves football, likes to watch it on TV, wants to become a senior manager in two years.

    It can be very revealing to hear what a candidate sees as their strengths. A skilled interviewer will be able to interpret what is said and analyse the person's real abilities.

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    Re: What kind of person are you?

    I agree. It's an excellent question in an interview, and one that you should be prepared to answer.

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    Re: What kind of person are you?

    [I'm not a teacher]

    I don't think it is rude at all. On the contrary, I think it is a very good question that is posed frequently during job interview. It's very necessary that a potential employer to learn what kind of person they will hire so that they can judge whether the job applicants are the right one for the position and their company or not.

    If I were a personnel manager, I wouldn't hire an introverted person to be a salesman though he/she is excellent in all the other aspects. And for another example, if he is interested in playing basketball, I might assume that he would be a good teamplayer. If the position was relevant to collaborative job, teamplayer is an important factor I would consider.

    The employer didn't probe into his privacy with a such question but try to learn him.

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    Re: What kind of person are you?

    Thanks for your answers.It could be that I translated it into my native-language, then misunderstood it :)
    Thank you ^^

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    Re: What kind of person are you?

    what kind of person you are(or are you)..."
    That does sound rude if translated to Chinese.
    Now, I understand how Kattie's friend took it.

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    Re: What kind of person are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    That does sound rude if translated to Chinese.
    Really? I don't think it is offensive if people ask me this in Chinese, especially during the job interview.

    I just dislike irrelevant people gave me a third degree as if I were a criminal suspect, while they wouldn't like to introduce themselves first.
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