A job interview can be so nerve-wracking, we often spend days or weeks preparing. But it’s almost impossible to predict which questions you’ll be asked or how things will go.

Bernard Marr, a global enterprise performance expert and a best-selling business author, says in a recent¬†LinkedIn post¬†that preparing for an interview is difficult. “In most cases we practice the answers to a long list of possible questions. The problem is that this can leave you over-prepared, and as a consequence your pre-conceived answers can come across a bit robotic.”

Luckily, there are only three interview questions that really matter, Marr says. Preparing for these queries will allow you to answer almost any question more naturally because “you can link most interview questions back to these.”

“The interviewer might use many different questions and angles to get to the answers,” he adds. But these are the three questions they ultimately want answered:

1. Have you got the skills, expertise, and experience to perform the job?

Marr says to answer this one, you need to think about the key skills you might need for the job, and assess your own level of expertise and experience in that context. “It makes sense to identify the more specific or technical skills that your potential employer might expect as well as some more generic skills such as being a good communicator, having good IT skills, being a team player, etc.”

He says preparing for this question will help you answer many other interview questions (without getting “sidetracked into talking about things that are not relevant”), such as:

Tell me about yourself?

What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?

What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?

Why do you think you are right for this job?

What do you think the main challenges will be?


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