The three most important pieces of information to convey in a job interview

You’re going to be asked quite a few questions in your next job interview. On average these meetings last about 45 minutes. They start with some ice-breaking conversation, then launch into specific questions about your work history, skills, accomplishments, and challenges.

A job interview will likely end with them employer asking about your ambitions, salary expectations, and if you have any questions for them.

To help you gear up for your next interview, here is a look at the ten most commonly asked questions (and the best ways to answer them.)

So, you will be asked considerably more than three questions. However, most of them are designed to reveal three crucial pieces of information about you. Here is what employers really want to know about you by the end of a job interview.

1. Do you have the skills to do the job?

The employer probably assumes that you can do the job. On paper, your resume will have listed the essential skills, or they would not be interviewing you in the first place. So, the interview will likely include some specific questions about how you’ve used those skills on the job in the past, and how you might tackle the challenges of the job you’re interviewing for. Be prepared to demonstrate that you are ready to take on the role and excel at it.

2. Does this role fit with your career path?

Your interviewer will want to find out that if they hire you for the job – will you stay in it long enough to make it worth their while. Will you be enthusiastic about it?

Let the employer know why you are passionate about this particular role at this company. Show how the job fits with your interests and your career ambitions. The message here is that because the job is the next logical step in your progression – you will be motivated to work hard and accomplish great results. That is the kind of employee they want to hire.

3. Will your personality fit with the team?

People have different work styles. Some people function well in fast-paced, collaborative, group brainstorming environments. Others can only accomplish their best work when given the space to concentrate and deliver their own individual contribution.

If your work style doesn’t fit with the working environment, you won’t likely be hired. (Which is probably best for everyone, you won’t be happy or successful in a place where you just don’t fit in.) Similarly, likeability matters. The employer has to find you personable, positive, and interesting to be around. If they hire you, you become a part of their daily life, so they want someone who seems easy to get along with.

Dress the part. Look like you belong in that culture but are dressed a little more formally out of respect for the interview. Keep your conversation style friendly, confident and positive.

And remember – never speak negatively about former jobs, employers or coworkers. Any complaining will only reflect badly on you.

If at the end of the interview the employer believes you have the skills to do the job, you seem motivated to excel at it, and you are a good fit for the team, you stand a pretty solid chance of landing an offer.

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