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The 3 interview questions that actually matter


Although some are better than others at hiding it, job interviews cause everyone to be nervous. The best way to overcome these nerves, or at least keep them under control, is to make sure we´re prepared for the questions we´ll be expected to answer.

Obviously you never know exactly how an interview will go, or what style of interview it will be. You may be in an interview in which you´re asked tough question after question after question, whereas on the other hand you may be in an environment that is more of a natural conversation. Everyone has, or should have, practised their answers to a long list of questions based around the classic 3 that we all seem to over-prepare for – Why should we hire you?, What can you do for us that other candidates can´t? And what are your key strengths and weaknesses?

According to Bernard Marr, global enterprise performance expert and a best-selling business author, there are really only 3 questions that we should prepare for before a job interview. He believes that these 3 questions can be linked to most of an interview, and if you remember your answers throughout, they can help you come across a lot more naturally.

The questions are based on 3 key things any interviewer wants to establish whilst interviewing someone, they may ask them directly or they may use a variety of different questions and directions to get the answers.

Can you do the job?
Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
The interviewer is looking for you to tell them your strengths, both in terms of soft and hard skills. Many recruiters see interpersonal & communications skills just as important as technical skills.

Practice answering these questions...
Tell me about yourself? What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses? What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? Why do you think you are right for this job? What do you think the main challenges will be?
Will you love the job?
Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?
Here, the interviewer is looking to make sure you have motivation and a real interest in the company. Don´t just list of a few facts about the company, try and show that you understand the company strategy and current trends.

Practice answering these questions...
 What do you know about our company? What do you think our company is aiming to achieve? What do you know about our products and services? Why do you want to work for this company? Why do you think this job is right for you? What motivates you?
Would they want to work with you?
Will you fit into the team, culture and company?
This is all about them being able to find out about your personality and make sure that you fit into the culture and work environment of the company. Although it can be tricky sometimes to know what the working style/culture is of a specific company, doing your homework can help you with this one.

Practice answering these questions...
How would you describe your work style? How would you describe yourself? How would your colleagues describe you? What makes you fit into our company? What makes you a good team member? If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

The 3 interview question that actually matter

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