Job interview questions are interesting, tough, conversational, crazy and insane. I think I’ve written about fifty articles about different interview questions and how to answer them. Others have lists of questions asked at specific companies. Crowd sourcing, almost: Everyone going through an interview at a specific company adds to the list of the interview questions asked.
When you get right down to it, though, there are only three interview questions that really count. Answer them, and you put yourself in a position to get the job offer. And they are:
1. Can you do the job?
This question asks if you have the job skills to do the work. If you apply to a hospital to work as a doctor and you don’t have a medical license, you won’t be in the running. If the job description has the 4,152 job skills in it, you have to show you can match up with most of them to stay in the running.
Job skills are mostly covered in the phone interview. Someone there is filtering potential candidates by eliminating those who that don’t have enough check marks next to the job skills box.
2. Are you motivated to do the work?
This question gets to the heart of why you like your work. It asks if you’ll work through issues and problems to get things get done, even when the going gets tough.
This is not “enthusiasm” or “employee engagement.” Those may help, but it’s more about the hero’s journey — you, our hero, encounter obstacles and overcome them to get to the desired outcome.
3. Will you fit in with the manager and team?
The biggest reason people leave companies is because of their relationship with the manager. If you’re the manager, it makes sense to make sure you can work with the person you hire, and that this person will help you make your management and business goals. If you, as a manager, don’t think that will happen with the person you’re interviewing, why would you hire them?
Also, every time someone new joins, the team changes. The dynamics change. Insert your favorite sports story here about how new players join teams and make them great — or destroy them. You’ve all seen it. Making sure the new person fits into and complements the team is paramount.
Sure, there are hundreds of job interview questions. If you get thrown a curve ball, break it down into one of these three. Then form your answer from there.