The Three “True” Interview Questions

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist

In checking my e-mail this morning I received a LinkedIn update regarding a pretty interesting Forbes article about the only three “true” interview questions. All interview questions really boil down to these three:

  • Can you do the job?
  • Will you love the job?
  • Can we tolerate working with you?

Interviewers try to answer those questions by identifying a candidate’s strengths (can you do the job), motivation (will you love the job) and fit (can we tolerate working with you.

Knowing that this is really what employers are looking for, you should write your resume and cover letters to drive home your qualifications in these areas: not with unsupported statements, but with evidence and accomplishments that show that you can do the job with passion in a way that contributes holistically to the organization.  But more importantly, you should prepare (think rehearsal) for interviews by mentally recalling situations where you have demonstrated the skills, motivation, and interpersonal awareness the interviewer is looking for.  For tips on how to ace a job interview, check out Behavioral Interviewing Video.

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