Interviews: Easy as 1, 2, 3

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Interviews: Easy as 1, 2, 3

This blog is written by Lauren, our Campus Ambassador at Binghamton University. She is studying Political Science and Management and will graduate in May 2014. She is currently a social media intern at Follow her on twitter: @Nevidomsky92

It’s hard to imagine that the Jackson 5 wasn’t talking about interviews when they sang, “ABC, Easy as 1, 2, 3,” because when you really think about it, interviews really are that simple. Last year, a Forbes article was written called Top Executive Recruiters Agree There are Only Three True Job Interview Questions. Every question is basically derived from these three questions, and this article will help you break them down.

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Question 1: Can You Do the Job?

This question relates directly to your strengths. In order for you to complete an internship or job successfully, you must possess certain characteristics that enable you to be strong and worthwhile candidate for that position. Some questions that interviewers may ask about this are:
• What is your greatest strength/weakness?
• What is your relevant experience?
• Are you good at working in a team?
• Describe a time you had to work under pressure/tight deadlines and how you were able to manage your work load.
• Describe a time you succeeded and how you got to that point.
• Describe a time you failed and what you learned from this experience.

Question 2: Will You Love the Job?

This question relates directly to your motivations for wanting to fill the position for which you are interviewing for. Employers want people who aren’t just there for the money or even experience, but ones that are passionate about the job that they are doing, and accordingly show it through on-the-job enthusiasm. Some questions that relate to this topic include:

• What gets you out of bed in the morning?
• Why this position?
• What makes you passionate about this industry?
• Would you rather work for money or satisfaction?

Question 3: Can We Tolerate Working With You?

Every company has its corporate culture. In order to make interning or working at a certain company worthwhile for both you and your employer, your goals and ideas must align with that of the goals and ideas of the company and its other employees. In the same way you are friends with certain people because of similar interests, you and the company need to be on a similar wavelength in order to maximize your success. To figure this out, interviewers may ask you:
• Why us?
• What impact do you foresee having on this position or our company?
• What can you contribute to the company that is different from anyone else applying?
• What have you heard about our corporate culture and how do you see yourself fitting in?

All in all, interviews are all about finding about your strengths, motivations, and ability to fit in. If you prepare for your interviews by researching the companies and figuring out how your strengths and motivations fit into what the company is looking for, you will be on the path to success. Good luck with your internship/job search and remember those three questions in order to become an interview pro!