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Google Exec On Job Interviews: 'The questions don't matter as much'

Keep this in mind the next time you apply for a job.
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Based on experience, if you're really nervous for a job—either because it's your first time or you're just really bad at interviews—you probably look up all the basic interview questions and formulate "correct" answers for them. It turns out, you might not have to pore over every single question after all.

Google's head of brand strategy Peter Roper shared, "The questions don't matter as much as the conversation that happens after, in that it provides you a unique opportunity to really understand what someone's passionate about and what someone keys in on."

He also throws a few curve balls in there: "What's your favourite colour?", "What's the craziest thing that you've done?", or "What are some things on your bucket list?" But the best part of the conversation is truly when he gets to finally talk to the interviewee as an actual person, and not just a potential employee. 

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While we're not telling you to go to your next job interview unprepared, it's important to keep in mind that it's not just about what you say, but how you say it. Be real. Be enthusiastic. And your passion will translate. 

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