3 Questions that Matter

The only 3 job interview questions that matter

Why did you apply for this position? Why do you want to work for this company? What do you expect to be doing in five years?

Three things that hiring managers really want to know:

Can you do the job?

To prep for this question or its variation, the candidate should be ready to show their expertise with examples of how they applied the required skills with impressive results.

Situation: In a sentence or two, describe the situation.

Initiative: Briefly show how you dealt with the situation.

Results: Sum up the benefits of your initiative.

Will you love the job?

This is where you need to be a keener.  The candidate needs to do some prior research to understand, as best as possible, the culture of the company. The interviewee should relate to the qualities of the company. For example, if the company is an innovator, an out-of-the-box thinker could speak of the personal satisfaction that comes from being encouraged to brainstorm. If the company is known as an excellent corporate citizen, the candidate could mention his/her own interest in volunteerism.

Will you be a good fit for the company?

The candidate should consider the type of social environment in which she or he thrives. Do they like a casual atmosphere or are they more comfortable in a formal structure; are they team-oriented or prefer to work solo; do they relish an open-door policy or do they like to keep their door shut so they can work uninterrupted? In this instance, the candidates do themselves and the company a disservice if they strive to give the “right” answer as opposed to the honest answer.

Prior to the interview, make a list of your positive traits and interests, focusing on where they fit with the culture of the organization, so you have them at your mental disposal.

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