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Top 3 Things Every Employer Wants to Know

If you’re in the market for a new job here’s something to keep in mind for when you go on job interviews; employers are only looking for 3 specific qualities that you have, nothing more.

That’s right, only 3. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?  Here you were thinking that they want to know every single thing about you that’s ever happened in your life and the fact is they only have 3 things on that list of interview questions. They are as follows.

  • Are you capable of doing the job they are offering?
  • Will this be a job that you love?
  • Will the rest of the staff be able to tolerate working with you?

No matter what they ask, no matter what you think they’re trying to find out, every single interview question really boils down to those 3 qualities.  Either you have them or you don’t, and that will actually change with every interview that you go to. Let’s break them down then to see what you need to do to meet these 3 criteria, shall we?

1) Are you capable of doing the job they are offering? This is straight forward but also tricky. Technically you may have all the qualifications but they also want to know if you will you be the guy (or gal) that can make the right decisions and show leadership too. Hard to tell from just a piece of paper so you best have some way of demonstrating your knowledge and leadership skills.

2) Will this be a job that you love?  Today it’s not enough to just show up, punch a time-clock and do the ‘required’ work (while sneaking in coffee breaks, water cooler chat and D&D sessions of course).  Employers are looking for people who ‘love’ the job and show enthusiasm for it, and they are looking for this in the interview too.  Even if you’re not particular jazzed about widgets you’d best do a little cheerleading during your interview if you want to impress the boss.

3) Will the rest of the staff be able to tolerate working with you?  This is the trickiest.  If you stick out like a sore thumb because you’re a laid back guy and the rest of the team are all Type A go-getters you may have a hard time ‘fitting in’ and the boss won’t like that.  Best to do a little research ahead of time to be sure what the inside dope is on your soon to be new colleagues.

And there they are.  Boil all those questions down and these three are left.  Answer them correctly and you will find yourself newly employed. Fail to do so and you’ll be on your way to the next interview, wondering which of the 3 got you thrown to the dogs.

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