Want to Ace the Interview? Act like a Celebrity 🎥
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Interviews are nerve racking, but there is an art to them that we can teach you.
We can give you another guide on how to win an interview, but instead, we chose the top 10 questions hiring managers ask and gave you some tips on how to respond 💡. The fun part is that our answers are based on experiences from pop culture celebrities.
This is the continuation of one of our blogs, If Celebrities had LinkedIn Headlines. As we get started, why don't you go ahead and tell me who your favorite celebrity is? 📸
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Tell me about yourself, Drake?
Why should we hire you, Cardi B?
What is your greatest strength, Rihanna?
Why do you want this job, Rock?
What is your greatest weakness, Beyonce?
Please tell me about a time you worked with a team, Shakira?
What do you consider to be your biggest professional experience, Romeo?
What do you like to do outside of work, Dasha Polanco?
Describe a difficult situation or project and how you overcame it, Stevie Wonder?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years, Yara Shahidi?
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Tell me about yourself.
I grew up in the six, up north in Toronto. My journey wasn’t conventional. I started at the bottom now I am here. I began my career in acting with a show that went to 14-seasons and was the most popular teen show in Canada. In one of the most popular episodes, where I was shot during a school shooting, we received almost one million views, at the time it was television's highest-ever rating. However, I love music and I knew I wanted to be a rapper. I network with the best in the hiphop industry, and now I have the most number 1 hits on Billboard hip hop chart. One of my songs has 180 million plus views on Youtube. You can say it was God’s plan, because religion was a big part of me growing up. As I shifted from acting to rapper, I developed skills in teamwork, creativity, and adaptability which will make me great for this role.
What you can learn from Drake / I love this question 🥰, because it is usually the first question during an interview. It is important to get it right, because your
response sets the energy and the tone for the rest of the conversation ⚡.
Therefore, this is an opportunity to be yourself, have fun, and tell a powerful
story. You can also think of this as your personal 30-second pitch (🔗). Drake’s
30-second pitch got me doing the toosie slide (🔗), because of the following
✔️ He made it personal just by talking about growing up in his neighborhood in Toronto
✔️ He talked about outcomes and impact by using quantitative data
✔️ He talked about what he is really good at (teamwork, creativity, and adaptability) and tied it back to the role he was interested in.
Why should we hire you?
I have been broke my whole life. I am from the Bronx, and all I thought I needed was money. I was taught to flex. Money Bag, Money Bag. Money is the thing we are taught to achieve in society, but in reality not everyone has access to it. I am committed to helping people and advocating for a more equitable country. You should hire me because I am very detail oriented, find creative solutions to problems, and develop relationships across departments to create results.
What you can learn from Cardi B / What Cardi does really well is show growth 🌱. The worst you can do is to not appear coachable and likeable. She is also honest, yet concise and confident. She ends by sharing the specific contributions and skills she can bring to the team 💪.
It shows she has done a lot of self reflection and really wants the job. Depending on the time, this is also an opportunity to talk about relevant experiences you had that are aligned with this potential role.
What is your greatest strength?
Interviewer: I like your umbrella.
Rihanna: Yes, I am glad I packed my umbrella. I didn’t know it was going to rain today. How did your commute this morning go?
Interviewer: Thanks for asking! It was actually really chaotic. I might need to get an umbrella like yours.
Rihanna: You are too kind! I can send you the store where I got it.
Interviewer: What is your greatest strength?
Rihanna: I am a great at project management. Forbes mentioned I am the wealthiest female musician on the planet. It didn’t happen overnight, but I got comfortable with numbers and making calculated risks. I sing, run my own makeup line as well as two clothing lines worth over $3B dollars.
What you can learn from Rihanna / Rihanna demonstrated the power of small talk. I am not talking about just asking “how is the weather?” randomly, but truly using what might have been a terrible commute as a way to connect with the interviewer as she might have experienced the same thing. And of course, who doesn’t like a good umbrella? ☂️
After speaking with the interviewer and making a personal connection, she transitions easily to talk about her strengths. She names numerous examples of why she is able to display this skill, while remaining on topic 💯.
Why do you want this job?
Recruiter: Wow, you are so tall.
The Rock: Well, I am thankful for that. It helped my ability in sports. I did wrestling for about 8 years. What sports do you like?
Recruiter: Oh thanks for asking! I actually played college varsity basketball. I guess that's why I noticed your height right away. I thought you played.
The Rock: Well, I love watching it, but I wasn’t as good at basketball.
Recruiter: Why do you want this job?
The Rock: I would like the honor to get this job, because I have been looking for something at the intersection of the media industry and sports. When I read the role description, I saw that you are looking for someone with film experience. I both directed and acted in top grossing movies, so I understand the ins and outs of the industry. Regarding sports, I already told you about my passion for wrestling, but I also played football and even produced the HBO series called Ballers.
What you can learn from The Rock / The Rock is back and he is cooking (🔗) up a job! He was excellent at turning what might mean a meaningless compliment about his height into a conversation about sports which was related to the job itself. Sometimes, we are nervous at the beginning of the interview and miss key cues from the interviewers. Be observant, curious. It will get you that job!
The Rock also backed what was on his resume, without it feeling repetitive and long-winded. He also referred to the job description which is critical. Remember, they are looking for someone that fits what's on the job description.
Did you know that hiring managers spend 11% of their time crafting these job descriptions? The job description is your key to dominating the interview plus being your awesome self of course!
What is your greatest weakness?
I am a diva, female version of a hustler. I grind from Monday to Friday, work from Friday to Monday. I am going to slay. I slay, slay, slay….I get all my ladies in formation. I dream, I work hard, till I own it. In 2018, I became the first black woman to headline Coachella. I am the most nominated woman in Grammy History, and even was the first to win 6 Grammys in one night. I can negotiate massive deals with the leading brands in the world such as PepsiCo. However, I realized that I need to take care of myself, and value self-care.
I spend a lot of time on physical fitness. I see that you have a lot of health benefits, including a gym at the office plus a meditation club. You have an amazing culture aligned with my values, and I want to be part of it.
What you can learn from Beyonce / Beyonce exemplifies what a boss lady is all about 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽. She also isn’t perfect either. The “weakness” question is really about your self-awareness. This is not the time where you start sweating in the interview. This is the time you smile and be as transparent and honest about your skill gaps while maintaining confidence.
Beyonce shares first what she does really well, but acknowledges that could turn into a weakness. However, she doesn’t stop there. She shares that she is already working on it, and it even relates it back to the company and how they can help. Your employer wants someone that they can develop and support over time, so this is your opportunity to let them know based on your research 🤓.
Please tell me about a time you worked with a team.
Yes, recently, I was contracted to perform on the halftime show with the SuperBowl LIV. It received over 103 million viewers, which is a 4% increase than last year. The viewership was even higher than the game itself, and social media engagement was off the roof, 431% increase from previous year with over 1 million tweets. I could have not done it without my colleague, Jennifer Lopez who is a superstar in her own right. I am sure you heard of her work. I also worked with Afro-Columbian dance groups to include champeta and mapalé in my routine. I also brought in my peers J-Balvin and Bad Bunny since they were complementary to my style and added to the production success. I am also thankful for the people behind the scenes that designed a beautiful stage and lighting. I look forward to working in more collaborative projects where we can learn from each other, leverage different styles and perspectives to innovate our offerings and increase our profit margins.
What you can learn from Shakira / Shakira jumps into the outcomes of the team project. A lot of us give us so much context for this question, when in reality, the interviewer just wants to know if you can contribute and work well with people. For this question, you can leverage an experience you talked about in your resume and add more color to one of the projects you worked on. In an interview, you want to come off as consistent.
If with every question, they learned something completely different about you, they won’t be able to make a decision on you in 42 days ⌛ which is the average time it takes to fill a position.
What do you consider to be your biggest professional experience?
Last year, I became the first Latin artist to headline the Metlife Stadium. In result, I also surpassed the record of rock legends like U2 by grossing the highest in ticket sales for a single night at the venue. I was able to accomplish this by working hard, waking up at 5am, and practicing day a night. I want to be the best and ensure a legacy. At times, I felt impostor syndrome like an imitador, but I learned to be confident and deliver. I read that you have a mentoring program here for future leaders, which really makes me excited to work here.
What you can learn from Romeo Santos / Romeo is the king of Bachata (🔗), yet here he still shares that he has a plan for more growth 💹 and how he is excited to connect with other future leaders at the firm. This shows he is ambitious while being humble. This is the balance you have to maintain in an interview.
It’s a skill that you can master over time, but in time master your inner celebrity. For example, Romeo’s real name is Anthony. He actually grew up really shy, but his stage name “Romeo” gave him an alter ego. What’s your alter ego? An alter ego is not someone that is different from you; it is just the most confident and energetic version of yourself 😎.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Actually, fun fact; I was interested in being the chemist that works in the fragrance world, smelling all the perfume ingredients. I am obsessed with perfumes and I think I have a great nose for that. I also love volunteering work. It is in my soul to help people, and I want to do more of it. I see that you have a lot of initiatives with Feeding America. Can you connect me to the team member that leads the trip? I would love to learn more regardless of what happens here.
What you can learn from Dascha Polanco / Dascha use the element of surprise to show that she is curious. Who knows the interviewer might also like making perfumes?
However, it was a calculated risk. She quickly moved on to discuss her passion for volunteering and went as far as asking to be connected with the employee that leads this initiative. In her case, she is interested in hunger, so she refers to a specific program.
She also comes off as genuinely interested by saying she would want to get involved even if she doesn’t get the job. This shows true passion and fire 🔥.
Describe a difficult situation or project and how you overcame it.
I have been playing music since I was four. My first instrument was a six-hole harmonica. I signed my first recording contract at the age of 11. However, I know how easy it is to lose everything. I was in a car crash where I almost lost my life. It redoubled my commitment to bring a unique sound to the table. You can always expect for me to go above and beyond the expectation and contribute which I know is in your value statement. I have built my resiliency muscle over the years, so you can depend on me to be there to manage crises as they come up.
What you can learn from Stevie Wonder / Stevie brought up a personal story about his car crash which shows resiliency on his part. He quickly shared how his own personal experiences helped him become the type of professional he is. He also referenced the company’s value which is a homerun ⚾.
Do your homework like Stevie ✔️.
You can also speak about work projects where you had a difficult time, but make sure you don’t shift the blame to the other people when sharing your story. This question test for accountability and resiliency.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m really excited by the role at ABC Stores because in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the fashion industry, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to take on more leadership roles in the next few years where I can also create social impact. I’ve been lucky enough to work with leaders who understand social justice, and so working with a fashion brand that is environmentally conscious, I am excited about that.
What you can learn from Yara Shahidi / Yara showed excitement for the role and company and showed how her 5-year plan is really something she can achieve at the company. Employers understand that it is more common for people to change jobs more frequently, but they are still making an investment at the end of the day 💰.
They want to know that you are not working here to get a paycheck, but that you are coming to them to really build a career, take on leadership responsibilities, and contribute as much as possible while you are there 💡.