As our students prepare to graduate, I thought I'd share this excellent article from Forbes, about interviewing. From the article:
The only three true job interview questions are:
- Can you do the job?
- Will you love the job?
- Can we tolerate working with you?
That's it. Those three. Think back, every question you've ever posed to others or had asked of you in a job interview is a subset of a deeper in-depth follow-up to one of these three key questions. Each question may be asked using different words, but every question, however it is phrased, is just a variation on one of these topics: Strengths, Motivation, and Fit.
Good interviewers will ask these questions in an open-ended way, asking a candidate to "describe" how they worked through a difficult project, or some similar scenario. An inexperienced interviewer may ask this in a more direct way, leaving it up to the candidate to provide the background and context.
To our students who are about to move on, I give this advice: take some "i-time" the day before the interview to reflect on your experiences. This can include things you've done in class, and in employment opportunities on & off campus. Assemble a "journey" that consists of stories you can relate to the interviewer, where each story provides both context and detail of what you are about.
In doing so, think about what stories will relate most directly to your Strengths, Motivation, and Fit. Arrive at the interview a little early, so you aren't rushing to find their offices. Take a few moments before entering the room - or letting them know you are there - to calm yourself and put yourself at ease.
Good luck, soon-to-be-graduates!