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Getting Ready For The Most Important Job Interview Question

Job Interview Secrets

How simple and straightforward it would be if you and the interviewer could focus on the one job interview question the hiring manager is most interested in asking. "What can you do for our company?" Unfortunately, it's never that easy. Employers seem to cover lots of other territory first. They want you to answer many queries before they settle on that one. So the burden falls on you—the job seeker. You need to list, at least in your mind, the kinds of questions you’ll hear before getting to the one that is most important.

So, as you prepare for job interview questions be sure to consider those that focus on three primary categories: technical experience and skill, relationships with fellow employees and management, and your personality type.

Preparing For Potential Questions

Do you have what it takes to work for the company you're targeting? In other words, what specific experience do you have related to customer service or retail management or estate planning or whatever profession you're talking about? Be prepared to discuss what you've done that will demonstrate your passion and your talent and your expertise. Case studies are great ways to show rather than merely tell. People learn and understand best through examples. So have a few of your best personal stories in your back pocket, so to speak, ready to share when the job interview questions begin.

Take It Step-By-Step

Depending on the industry you're targeting, the hiring manager will likely want to know whether or not you have the technical experience, training, and skill to handle what the job requires. When you're asked a question in this area, answer with a case study once again. Think of a time when you did something on the job that displayed your technical ability. It may involve sharing a step-by-step process or installing a piece of machinery or repairing computer hardware or correcting faulty science data. An example from real life is always better than vague commentary that may leave the interviewer confused.

Personality Plus

When it comes to working well with others, expressing your personality on the job, and demonstrating leadership, such questions are more difficult to prepare for. But once again, rely on your experiences and be ready to share them. Then when the most important question of all is raised, "What can you do for our company?" you'll feel confident in stating exactly what you can do and how.