FIVE EMPLOYER CONCERNS
In preparing for your interviews, you may
feel overwhelmed by the variety of questions that you must
But your interview preparation will be
less stressful and better organized if you realize that all interview
questions are designed to address five key employer concerns. (This
concept is borrowed from
CareerPerfect.com, which offers an excellent overview of the
interview process. (For a fee.))
- Can you do the job?
Do you currently possess the skills to do the job at hand
and become a productive employee within a reasonable amount
Have you demonstrated that you can do this job elsewhere?
(This is always the best evidence that you possess the
required skills.) How successful were you at this job? What
types of problems did you encounter? And did these problems
draw out your problem-solving abilities and push you to
develop new skills, or are they likely to be problems on
this job, too?
If you have not done this job elsewhere, can you provide
evidence that you have the necessary skills to succeed at
- Are you motivated to do the job
Are you interested in and excited by this type of work? Do
you have the energy and self-confidence to do the job? What
evidence can you provide to support this?
Will you be hardworking and conscientious - or will you be
absent or frequently late, miss assignments, be distracted
or otherwise mess up?
Will you stay long enough to make a contribution after the
expense and time that the company invests in recruiting and
- Will you get along well with
Will you fit in with the "culture" of this organization -
the values, attitudes and personal style of this particular
Will you be a team player, and what evidence can you provide
to support this?
Will you be a positive influence on your co-workers - an
enthusiastic non-complainer, willing to take on extra tasks
when needed - or will you hold grudges, breed dissension and
talk down your managers and the company?
- Are you manageable?
Do you take directions easily? Do you communicate openly and
tactfully? Will you be easy to manage, or will you try to
circumvent or undermine your manager's authority? What
evidence supports this?
Will you fit in with the existing management style? Will you
support organizational policies and procedures?
- Can the company afford you?
The key to successful interviewing
Have you noticed that only one of
the five employer concerns is about your skills? The key to
successful interviewing is that the person with the best skills or
most relevant experience is not necessarily the one who gets the
job. If you are not the candidate with the best skill set,
you may still get the nod if you are enthusiastic and very
well-prepared, and if you can demonstrate that you are motivated,
manageable and a team player who fits in with the organization's
Conversely, if you are the
candidate with the best skills, you can still lose the job if you
don't demonstrate that you are also the best person for the
Behavioural Interview Questions
Traditional Interview Questions
Case Interview Questions
Company / Job
Questions determining your Competence
Questions on Wages / Salaries
Your Community Involvement