A job interview is an opportunity for both parties to have a deeper understanding to determine if they are suitable for each other. Like a date. Think about it this way. Before committing yourself into this relationship, you do want to know what you are in for, right? Likewise for the hiring company. That’s what a job interview is about. So these are the only 3 questions that the interviewer is really asking.

Can You Do The Job?

Before anything else, the most important question that an interviewer wants to know is if you have the knowledge and skills to do the job. And your attitude in approaching work and problems.

The interviewer may first identify several key personality traits and competencies required to do the job. Then to determine if you possess these traits and competencies, you may be required to take tests, case study, simulation, or in any other format during different stages of the job interview. Those who do not seem to be able to do the job will eventually be filtered out.

Remember this, most interviewers don’t take risk. If there is the slightest doubt that you can do the job, then you are most probably going to be rejected. This is because a company is unlikely to spend money, time and effort in training someone who does not seem to able to succeed at it. So if you think you can do the job well, make sure the interviewer is convinced so.

Can You Fit Into The Culture?

Next, is to understand if you can fit into the company culture. Every company has its own unique culture. For example, Pixar is famous for its creativity and attention to detail while Netflix only hires and keep the A-class employees offering them excellent compensation package, and giving them freedom and trust in work and employee benefits. So these companies only hire employees that have the potential to thrive in their environment. If you can’t fit in, then you can’t be one of them.

Can The Company Meet Your Expectations?

Lastly, the interviewer also wishes to know if the company is able to meet your expectations. You may seem like a great fit but if you have expectations that the company is not able to satisfy, what good would it be? What are the chances of an unhappy employee putting in his or her 100% for the company?

So always do your research and know what to expect before the job interview. Be firm and be willing to let certain opportunities go. If you had done your research and know what you are asking for is reasonable then there is no reason to shortchange yourself.