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Accenture or Amazon, part-time or permanent. Every interviewer wants you to answer these three questions:

  1. Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
  2. Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?
  3. Will you fit into the team, culture and company?

How to prepare for these interview questions

Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
Think about the key skills required for the job you have applied for,  then assess your own level of expertise and experience in that context. Identify the skills and expertise specific to the role and industry, then look at some of the more generic skills; being a good communicator, having good IT skills, being a team player, etc.

Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?
Any potential employer wants to know that you are interested in the company and excited about the prospect of working there. Demonstrate that you have researched the company, understand its strategy, current performance, structure, market position and products. Not only that – but let them know you want to be a part of all of it.

You should always do your homework when applying for jobs. When you do, remember to have a look at the company’s ‘about us’ section on their website and search for the latest strategy documents, annual reports, key statistics as well as the company history. Use this information to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the opportunity.

You might also want to think about your career goals and ambitions and how these fit with your potential new employer.

Will you fit into the team, culture and company?
This is a difficult one, as it’s based on personality traits – and faking who you are is not recommended. Companies have different cultures, which translate into different ways of behaving and working. For your own sanity, it’s important to make sure you fit in and don’t feel like a fish out of water.

Again, hopefully you will have done some research prior to applying for the job so this should give you some idea of what to expect. You can also address this by preparing some of your own questions – aligned to what you find important in working culture – to ask during the interview. Do keep them sensible.

Read Job Interview: Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter for more advice on how to prepare for your interviews and how to answer these three important interview questions.