You know the scenario.
You’ve booked in an interview for a company you’d love to work for.
You have all of the experience the job advert says is required, and so the pressure is on to do well.
Time to prepare for whatever questions they’re going to throw at you.
*Googles interview questions*
I’ve got to practise how many questions?!
Nobody’s got time for that.
Author, George Bradt agrees. In fact, he says there are only (ever) three job interview questions:
- Can you do the job?
- Will you love the job?
- Can we tolerate working with you?
His theory is that all interview questions have a true underlying question – which is always one of the 3 questions above.
If you prepare answers for these three interview questions, you’ll be able to bridge to them whatever the interviewer asks you.
So, how do you prepare?
1. Can you do the job?
Think up three SiTuation/Action/Results (STAR) examples that highlight your strengths in the areas most important to them re their key challenges and sources of pride. Dependent on the job, think about leadership and interpersonal strengths, not just the technical skills.
2. Will you love the job?
Position the role in terms of your motivation – what do you value and enjoy?
3. Can we tolerate working with you?
Position the organisation in terms of fit with you across behaviours, relationships, attitudes, values, work environment.
Whether we agree with Bradt’s claim that there are only ever 3 interview questions or not, these questions are definitely important.
If you are interviewing, best of luck!
If not, and you’re looking for a new role in IT, you can submit your CV below and we’ll get in touch with anything relevant.