There Are Only 3 Questions in a Job Interview

I’ve spent a good portion of my summer visiting with recruiters and campusrecruiting  leaders from a variety of organizations within industries ranging from banking to pharmaceuticals, to beauty to consumer products to energy and one message remained  consistent: employers want to hire people  with personalities that will fit into their organization.  Many will spend more time with you than their own families and it is very important that  get to know YOU. 

Sometimes students think that its best to pretend  to be who they think the employers want, however employers want you to be yourself.  The questions asked whether behavioral or case based  are designed to determine how well you mesh within the existing organization’s structure.   Ultimately each interview seeks to answer  three  primary questions.  These 3 questions are:

  1. Can you do the job?
  2. Will you do the job?
  3. Do you fit in?

An interview’s success hinges on the employer”s ability to answer these  3 questions after a meeting.  A successful interview is not necessarily extending an offer but it is making the right offer to the candidate that will be the most ideal for the organization.  Honesty  and authenticity are very important  because if you have to  pretend during the interview chances are  you will be pretending when you are at work and this will impact your performance. Be  who you are. 

During the interview your job is to assess:  Can I do the job?  Will I do the job?  Do I fit in?  If the answer is “no” to any or all of these questions chances are you will be better off looking elsewhere or at the very least figure out  a way to answer  the questions.


3 thoughts on “There Are Only 3 Questions in a Job Interview

  1. I have found this to be true in my experience. I spend about six months interviewing for different jobs that I knew I could do, but the interviews were pretty boring and impersonal. Then I interviewed with a small business and the owner and I “clicked.” I’ve been working there for six months and absolutely love it. I could have and would have done any of the jobs I interviewed for, but I really didn’t fit into any of them except this one.

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