Part of the pre-job interview anxiety you may feel is that you’re not sure what you’ll be asked. Will the recruiter stick to run-of-the-mill questions? Or will the discussion take a more unconventional approach?
Although it’s impossible to predict what you’ll be asked during an interview, you can still be prepared. And that includes thinking through your answers to what top executives agree are the three true job interview questions, as written on Forbes.com. Here’s a look at those questions, plus some tips to help you prepare your responses.
Can you do the job? It’s hard to get a sense of how well you’ll tackle your new responsibilities by simply reading your resume and cover letter. That’s why a job interview is a critical opportunity to highlight various skills and professional anecdotes that demonstrate what you’re able to do. Have some examples ready so that you can help the recruiter get a vivid picture of what you bring to the job—and how you’ll likely handle the position.
Will you love the job? Employee morale and company culture are important for any business. Happy, satisfied employees tend to be more motivated and productive, meaning they’re more valuable. Be prepared to demonstrate your motivation and why you want the job. Give the recruiter examples of what makes you happy, and then connect those things to the position and workplace. For example, you may thrive in a challenging environment and when learning new skills. Or perhaps you love interacting with people and clients, and those relationships will become an important part of your new role.
Can we tolerate working with you? When it comes to hiring, it’s important to demonstrate that you’ll be a good fit, but it’s also vital that those making the hiring decision see you as a valuable addition to the team. This is when background research on the company becomes incredibly useful. During the interview, you can talk through how your preferences align with the company’s relationships, values and environment. Help the recruiter visualize you as part of the team. Your chances at receiving a job offer will increase.
This doesn’t mean that you still won’t get a question that comes from left field. But by preparing for these questions, you’ll be ready to give the recruiter an accurate depiction not just of you and your skills, but how you’ll be an asset to the company and its culture.