According to statistics at www.immakingthesenumbersuptoproveapoint.com, there have been roughly 123,321,123 interview questions and 456,654,456 interview answers supplied by applicants and interviewers throughout the history of time. That’s a lot, maybe even true. Yet every single interview question is designed to answer one of the five questions interviewers are looking to answer with each of their interview questions.
The 5 Big Questions
- Can you do the job?
The number one question the interviewer is looking to answer is whether or not you can do the job. They are going to ask you questions about your skills, experiences, etc. to see if you are capable of performing your duties adequately. Sometimes they will do this by asking you direct questions about your abilities. Other times they will ask you behavioral questions and you will have to incorporate your knowledge into your answers to help satisfy their curiosity about this question.
- Are you a moron?
Some people are not smart. If you are not smart, you are not going to do your job very well, regardless of how much experience you have working with the same exact programs at another job, nor will you be able to bond with your coworkers (presumably). Lots of places employ less-than-intelligent people for long periods of time, so an interview is always going to be a better way to judge an individual’s intelligence than a resume.
- Are you the best choice?
Open positions get hundreds of applicants. The interviewer is going to be looking for evidence that you have more potential than your competitors. They may find it in your personality, in your abilities, or in your dashing good looks, but they are going to look for it somewhere.
- Do you show a commitment with the company?
Every employee represents a considerable investment. Companies want to employ those that both want the company to succeed and are planning to stay with the company for a long period of time. You need to show that within your answers by researching the company and tailoring your answers to make it sound as though you never plan on leaving.
- Will you fit in?
Every company has its own unique environment. From the values it preaches to the staff it employs, every company maintains its own culture, and hopes to find people that fit with both its vision and its personality. How you answer questions (including the manner in which you present your answers) will help employers figure out how well you will fit in with your coworkers and with how the company hopes to progress.
Questions are Different, Goals are the Same
Though the questions may change, every employer is looking for answers to satisfy those five questions. That is why as you plan your answers, ask yourself how well your response answers at least one of those questions if not more. If it doesn’t answer any of them, it’s probably not a good choice.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Make sure your answers answer all 5 of these questions.