We often think of interviews as being a one way process. The interviewer asks us a question and as the interviewee we answer it.
This isn’t right. It’s more than that. It’s a two-way process.
- Research – use the web to see what information is available in search results on Google plus look at their website to get an understanding of what the business is about.
- Friends & Family – ask so that you can get an understanding of what they think about that organisation
- The Interviewer – ask your interviewer. Every interviewer likes talking particularly about themselves. We all like to showcase our knowledge and experience. It builds our ego.
Ask the Interviewer
- What you enjoy about working here?
- What are the challenges that are facing your role over the next 12 to 24 months?
- Tell me about your background?
- What motivates you?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What’s next for you?
- What opportunities are there for personal development?
- What do you like doing outside of work?
- What’s made you successful here?
- What’s one piece of advice would you give to a new employee before they started?
Opportunity to Ask
Next time don’t forget to take the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions.
Make sure you listen. And listen actively. By doing so it’ll be a better conversation. This is about listening to the answer. Taking on board what is being said. If it interests you, ask another question about it. Dig deeper. It’ll show you’re interested in them as a person.
Most interviewers don’t get asked questions. It’s happened to me on many occasions. It leaves a feeling that the interviewee just isn’t interested.
To develop your skills, I recommend Dale Carnegie – ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People’. It’s a classic. It will help you develop your listening and conversational skills. It has stood the test of time and it’ll help you.