YOU ARE REALLY ONLY ASKED 3 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Just read this article and it makes perfect sense so want to share it with you…

Basically there are only really 3 questions being asked at an interview

  1. CAN YOU DO THE JOB?
  2. WILL YOU LOVE THE JOB?
  3. CAN WE BEAR WORKING WITH YOU?

CAN YOU DO THE JOB?

This looks at your strengths/skills and how they match the requirements of the job. These are best identified in a competency based interview. You will have had a Job Description so you will already know the skills they are looking for, so prepare answers to match those skills beforehand. Then make sure you  give examples that match those skills each and every time you answer a question.

Begin with a  brief outline of the work related situation, explain the course of action you took and end with the successful outcome or the positive impact that came about as a result of your action

WILL YOU LOVE THE JOB?

This has nothing to do with money.You may think monetary satisfaction is the main motivator to change jobs BUT it is actually the lack of happiness at work that initiates the process. Studies have proven that companies that do not focus on keeping employees motivated HAVE to pay more to attract new staff whereas happy employees will remain with a company even if they are being paid less than the market rate.

So does the job fit your likes? Will it fit your long term goals? Will you stay with them long term? So if you are asked will you stay with us? what are your long term goals? The answer is this:  “this job is ideal for me, exactly what I have been looking for, it is the right environment and role for me, I feel I can add value to your company, make a positive impact and hope to stay with you for many years to come.”

And happiness, happiness is a three way street (Is there such a thing?)…. 1)Will you make others happy? What impact will you have on the business? Do you share the values or our other team members? And will you contribute to the team and company’s success? Will people like working alongside you?       2) Will you be good at doing the job? Will you make the Company happy? Do your strengths match the job requirements? Does it enhance your learning and development? And will you be motivated to do well?                                         3) And will it be good for you? Will it make you happy? Will you enjoy the environment? Will it fit in with your life? Will you be given recognition? Respect? and finally will it satisfy your monetary needs?

So work out what makes you happy in a job and match that to the organisation and the job description

CAN WE WORK WITH YOU?

Will you add value? Will you be good for us? How do you make decisions? How do you behave? How do you communicate? How do you manage conflict? Do you share our vision and purpose, share our values? Is this the right environment for you? Too formal? Too informal?

Answer these questions even if they are not specifically asked, always smile and make eye contact throughout the meeting, and when thanking them for their time at the end of the interview also tell them how friendly the environment seems which is what you are looking for, or say you love the formality, you work best in a structure environment etc etc

So that is it, 3 questions, straightforward and easy to answer. As your agency we should have identified all those key areas, as that is the basis of our success, so when we send you to one of our clients you should be having an interview  for your ideal job, all you need to do is answer those 3 questions!


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