Money Matters: The Big Three Interview Questions

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The job market is picking up, so those looking for a job will want to brush up on interviewing skills.

George Bradt, a contributer to Forbes magazine says top executive recruiters agree there are only three true job interview questions:

1) Can you do the job? It's not just about the technical skills, but also about leadership and interpersonal strengths. Technical skills help you climb the ladder. As you get there, managing up, down and across become more important. You may be asked not only about your success, but also about your failures. HOw you handled and learned from those failures says a lot about you.

2) Will you live the job? You new employees often say they don't want to get paid merely for working. They will work hard because they enjoy the environment and the challenges associated with the work.

3) Can we tolerate working with you? Forty percent of senior executives leave organizations, are fired or are pushed out within 18 months. It's not because they're dumb. It's because a lot of times, culturally, they may not fit in with the organization.

If you're going to a job interview, prepare yourself by thinking of examples that illustrate your strengths, what motivates you about the company and the role you're interviewing for and the fit between your own preferences and the organization's. But remember interviews are exercises in solution selling and problem solving. They are not all about you.

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