When a hiring manager asks you about your past projects that were interesting, they are trying to understand the characteristics of your current job. This will inform them of some of your experiences, what you are capable of doing, and the skills you may have learned. They are trying to figure out if you are qualified for the position, so if they know what you have done in the past, they will be able to decide if this position is in your future.
The way you answer this question will show what you value at work, if you can work in a team and how dedicated you are to your work.
Points to Emphasize
Every time you answer questions about projects you have worked on, make sure to focus on these points.
- Talk about projects that used skills and traits that will be useful to the position you are applying for.
- Keep your answer positive.
- Discuss what these projects have taught you.
- Make sure to talk about what made the project interesting for you. Was it the topic, the level of difficulty, the teamwork or some other factor?
When you answer this question, make sure to talk about projects that will show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the job.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Try to avoid some of these common pitfalls.
- Be careful not to be too vague.
- Also, do not give too much detail. There has to be a balance.
- No matter what, do not bad talk a past employer, manager or coworker.
- Try not to give an answer that is too long-winded.
Give an answer that is concise, positive and informative and that shows that you are capable of holding the position in question.
Here is an example of a fantastic answer to this question about a past project that you found interesting:
One of the most interesting projects I have had the pleasure of working on was a city planning project. I found it so interesting because of the impact it had on my community. I also enjoyed working with the rest of the committee members. The discussions we had about the pros and cons of each step were just exhilarating. I think it was such a joy to be able to see a project from start to finish. I really learned a lot about teamwork, communication and the importance of making and sticking to a plan.
Think of projects, and pick one that best showcases your talents. This will give the interviewer the best impression of you.