Job Interview Question - 3 wishes

One tricky job interview question you could be asked is the following: "If I could grant you 3 wishes, what would they be?"

This is a very tricky interview question. It will not be good enough to avoid egocentric answers such as "give me the job, a good salary, benefits". Your answer should be better than that.

Now, let's look in the Scriptures how the wise man Solomon came up with a brilliant answer to a similar job interview question.

1 Kings 3:5-13: One night in Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream. God said " Ask for whatever you want me to give you".

Solomon answered "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

Now, lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.

So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

First of all, Solomon expressed his gratitude to the interviewer for giving him the opportunity. We could say that he found something good to praise the interviewer about. In your case, it could even be something positive you found about the company during your preparative research work. But in any case start with a praise or gratitude.

Then Solomon plainly mentioned his weaknesses in regards to the job position (young age and lack of experience). He explained the challenges of the position (difficulty to lead a large group of employees in his case).

Then he asks for what was required to overcome these challenges despite his weaknesses.

This is simply brilliant:

- He showed a thorough understanding of the job and its challenges

- He showed honesty by talking openly about his weaknesses

- He showed, moreover, a great committment and motivation to succeed in the job

The next verse said that God was pleased about the answer and the fact that it was focused on the success of the job and not centered on the interviewee.

So, in conclusion, if you face a similar job interview question, use your answer as an opportunity to demonstrate that you know yourself very well, that you also understand the challenges of the job been advertised and what it takes to succeed in it.

This is even more important if you have already perceived some objections/doubts in the mind of your interviewer. This could be lack of experience, like Solomon, or any other disadvantages in your candidature.

Don't however go to the extreme and start to mention all your weaknesses. simply pick one that was already mentioned by the hiring manager (either implicitely or explicitely) and show him it will not prevent you to succeed in the job because you have an action plan.

I hope you begin to see that every job interview question you face should be used as an opportunity to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job.

If you do this consistently, you are well on your way to get hired.

And off course, you can only do that successfully to the extend that you came to the interview well prepared.

Preparation is 80% of the requirement for success!!! From Job Interview Question - 3 Wishes Back to HomePage

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