According to a recent study on Linkedin – Top 6 soft skills, one of the most popular questions to ask an Interviewee is โ€œWhat are the three things that are most important to you in a job?โ€

Would you be able to answer this question well if you didn’t prepare an answer?

Is the answer Money, Flexibility, Benefit plans? I hope not ๐Ÿ™‚ ,yes these are important factors but should not feature before you seek to negotiate later in the Interview process. The majority of your answers at this stage should be around fixing the company’s problems intertwined with your value proposition.

The aspects that matter most to me are: ‘working with great people, working in a challenging role where I can develop myself while also making a difference, and working for leaders who are supportive and are willing to adapt to the challenges of a project environment.’

This question is not simply ‘what matters to you’, it is a test of the research you have conducted, your mindset and what you can bring to the role.

Sample answer.
I am a firm believer that what motivates people most is that they have a voice, that their opinion matters. It is to the detriment of a company where smart people are being hired and then being told what to do. I believe that was a Steve Jobs quote, but you can see those sins committed every day in companies. Achieving a positive dynamic in teams is crucial if you want it to be highly functioning.

Another aspect that is vital is that people are being challenged, and are able to bring their experience to benefit the Project Team. In my last role, despite working remotely, I made a concerted effort to integrate with the Project Team by travelling regularly to the project site and having one-on-one phone calls with the key stakeholders on a daily basis. Good relationships result in good communication, if you want support from leadership, then you need to provide them with timely and accurate information. In fact that is something I set out to do in every role, find out what is expected of you and over-deliver.

The answer would always contain the ‘framework’ above but would always be delivered slightly differently. I always coach people that memorizing answers is never a good idea, the average person is a poor actor and when faced with Interview nerves, will get flustered and lose confidence quickly.

The report mentions that the most important skills are:

  • Adaptability
  • Cultural Fit
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Growth Mindset
  • Prioritization.

You can see in the sample answer that these elements are sprinkled throughout. It is worth keeping these 6 items in mind when setting up the frameworks to your answers. There is also no better representation than giving thoughtful answers. That preparation demonstrates charactor, attitude and organizational skills.