Job interviews can be difficult to prepare for.
You don’t want to sound like an Apprentice reject…but you also don’t want to come across as a bit of a wet flannel.
The main problem is the stupid questions they ask, which no one has ever asked outside of a boardroom.
You can’t remember the last time you managed to get your team out of a problematic situation – unless getting all your housemates into an Uber after a two hour pre-drink counts.
As for your weaknesses, you don’t have any that you could mention in polite society.
But according to one Google executive, it’s not the questions themselves that matter so much.
Peter Roper, Google’s head of mobile brand strategy says that he asks prospective colleagues all sorts of random questions including: ‘What’s your favourite colour’ and ‘What’s the craziest thing that you’ve done?’.
But he’s not that interested in the answers to these questions, as much as the discourse that they generate.
‘The questions don’t matter as much as the conversation that happens after, in that it provides you with a unique opportunity to really understand what someone’s passionate about and what someone keys in on,’ he tells AOL.
‘And that’s kind of the best part of the conversation.’
In other words, it’s whether you click with your interviewer that is a deciding factor in you getting the job or not, rather than having clever answers prepared.
‘Our most productive people and productive employees are those that are happy…both happy and challenged, and feel that the work matters.’
So next time you’re stressing about an important interview, don’t spend the night before rehearsing your lines.
Simply go in there prepared for an enthusiastic chat.