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  • Writer's pictureFernanda Latorre

The "Rule of Three" and how not to fall for The Art of "Improversation."

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

There are many reasons why you do not nail a job. Many of them are imponderable and entirely out of your control. However, there are many other aspects you can prepare and quickly master.

The interview questions are pretty much the same across industries and companies. However, with time and dedication, we can learn how to answer these questions and avoid falling on The Art of "Improversation."

The "Rule of Three," a renowned writing principle, suggests that when things come in threes, they are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things. Think of a famous phrase or slogan; chances are, it's structured in three.

It is a writing principle that makes a story more appealing and memorable—the same in a conversation or when you give your elevator pitch.

Where to start? How to get good at it?

Here are three ideas:

1) Start with a SWOT on yourself.

List 3 words for each pillar. Use 1-2 sentences for each word to describe an example and how you are improving/working on that.

Write/ rewrite your SWOT as necessary until you feel comfortable and can relate to it. Read your description aloud and keep it under 60 seconds.

2) Describe what you do at work:

What, Why and How. Then, give an answer of 1 sentence for each of those questions.

If you are not working at the moment, describe a hobby, a personal project you are focused on, or something you do daily, such as cleaning up your room.

3) Prepare the answers for the most common questions.

Find a list on the Internet, or read our article "Essential Questions to Prepare for any job Interview" and answer each of those questions, listing three reasons/examples for each.

Remember, practice makes perfect!


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