In the nearly seven years that I’ve been the Editor of EBN, I don’t think my husband has read the magazine cover to cover once. Those on the outside looking in might mistake that for his disinterest in my job or non-support of my career—and they would be quite wrong. On the contrary, my Mr. is always sending me info nuggets he thinks you all would find interesting on the blog, including the one that sparked today’s post. 
A few days ago, he passed along a link to a Forbes blog post stating there are only three—yes, three—questions that truly matter when interviewing job candidates. And not one of them is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” 
They are: 
Can you do the job? 
Will you love the job?
Can we tolerate working with you?
I love it—think of all the time it will save doing interviews! As the author of the Forbes item points out these simple three queries drill down on what’s most important: a candidate’s strengths, a candidate’s motivation and whether a candidate will fit in at your organization. 
I don’t know about you, but I will from now on plan all interview questions as open-ended versions of these three. If there are two things I love, they are brevity and cutting through the fluff. This approach to interviewing achieves both. 
What do you think? Are there other must-ask interview questions or do these three pretty well cover everything? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

 

In the nearly seven years that I’ve been the Editor of EBN, I don’t think my husband has read the magazine cover to cover once. Those on the outside looking in might mistake that for his disinterest in my job or non-support of my career — and they would be quite wrong. On the contrary, my Mr. is always sending me info nuggets he thinks you all would find interesting on the blog, including the one that sparked today’s post. 

 

A few days ago, he passed along a link to a Forbes blog post stating there are only three — yes, three — questions that truly matter when interviewing job candidates. And not one of them is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” 

 

They are: 

Can you do the job? 

Will you love the job?

Can we tolerate working with you?

 

I love it — think of all the time it will save doing interviews! As the author of the Forbes item points out these simple three queries drill down on what’s most important: a candidate’s strengths, a candidate’s motivation and whether a candidate will fit in at your organization. 

 

I don’t know about you, but I will from now on plan all interview questions as open-ended versions of these three. If there are two things I love, they are brevity and cutting through the fluff. This approach to interviewing achieves both. 

 

What do you think? Are there other must-ask interview questions or do these three pretty well cover everything? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

 

 

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