‘The Rule of Three’ to succeed in an interview

‘The Rule of Three’ to succeed in an interview

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Interviews aren’t meant to be boring. You can make or break an interview by using the rule of three. Let’s see how. 

We can only hold around three or four pieces of information in our short-term memory and ‘list of three’ registers in our brain as a pattern.”, says Neural sciences.

So every successful speaker, presenter always use this technique to deliver their speeches. It works! That’s why billions craved for Steve Jobs speeches and millions were influenced by them.

Rule of three – What’s that?

“The Process of Simplifying the information into a ‘Triad‘ after understanding the whole information through deep reading” is dubbed as ‘The Rule of Three’.


It is a collection of three words, phrases, sentences, lines, paragraphs/stanzas or chapters/sections of writing. When it comes to interview, it is  ‘a collection of three paragraphs‘.

Why should you use The Rule of Three?

Because it allows you to

  • Express concepts completely.
  • Emphasize your points.
  • Increase the memorability of your message.
  • Influences the listener, in your case the interviewer(s).

Understand the power of three:

Here are the most powerful speeches that influenced the world:

  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ears.“ – Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
  • Government of the people, by the people, for the people“ – – Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Our priorities are Education, Education, Education” – Tony Blair.

They all use triads to make their speech powerful and yes, it had done its impact more than expected. They revolutionized the way we live, govern, and learn.

How to apply the rule of three to an Interview?

In an interview, try to do the same thing –

Convey the essence of who you are; What you can do; Explain to them that you’re the right person for the job.

How can you do this?

Step 1 – Break down the Job Description:

For every Interview, There’s a Job Description (JD). Just have a close look at it. Note down the ‘responsibilities and qualities’ they mentioned in their JD separately. Leave the remaining fluffs.

Step 2 – Think that you are an Interviewer:

Then think that you are an interviewer, Analyse the ‘responsibilities and qualities’. Take your own time, understand thoroughly and point out the top three most important responsibilities and qualities you look for in your candidate.

Step 3 – Make a Triad:

Now that you know the important responsibilities and qualities, its time to work on the triad. As we mentioned above, your goal should be delivering an answer which comprises who you are, what can you do (this should directly correlate with the top responsibilities) and why you’re the right fit.

Try this:

Imagine that you’re going to an interview for a leadership (manager or team management) role. Let’s apply the rule of three in a simple way.

Who you are – What did you do in the past regarding that quality/requirement. Think of your college events, Symposiums, Cultural Programs, Situations to frame this. This explains “Who you are to the interviewer”.

Ex: I am a president of our College Symposiums. 

What You can do (Action) – What was the action you took in the past. Either positive or Negative, state that. This explains “what you can do”.

Ex: I took charge to carry out our college’s first International Tech Event. 

Why you’re the right one (Result) – Now, throw them the results of your action. This tells the interviewers that you’re the one for the job and you produce results.

Ex: The event drove 30 students to compete over a national level tech fair in Delhi, the next month.  

Hion Hint – Summarize what you have learned from your action & impact. If it is positive, explain to them you do continue the same action. If it is negative, explain the ways you practice to covert it into a positive action. Remember, the thing you learned should be the quality the company expects from the employee. This explains “them that you’re the right person for the job”.

You’ve stated a real-life experience that exactly matches with roles and responsibilities of the job you applied for. Then, what else do they need?


Do practice speaking your triads, so that you can deliver them naturally. Also, note that the length of the triad ultimately depends on your job, communication skills, and the interviewers’ responsiveness. You may need to shorten or lengthen your triad at the time of delivery.

So, prepare more than two versions. But all should be triads made by you for a specific JD.

By doing all these,  You make the recruiter’s job easier because you will be breaking down your answers into manageable chunks for them to note down or recall when they are reviewing candidates at the end of the process. They pick you for this smartness.

Note: If you’re experienced, you can simply replace the college event with your own unique work experience.

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