Matthew Gates 2m 619 #interview
The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Interviewing Your Interviewer
Here is how it works: You don’t have a job. You want a job. You look for the job you want. You apply for the job you want. You submit your resume and a cover letter to the job you want. You wait a few days. You pray and hope that they may call you. You get a call or an email back. They want you in for an interview. You pull out your best interview suit and dust it off. It barely fits, as you used it for the last interview you had about a year or two ago, but it fits good enough to make you look presentable. You prepare yourself for the interview, wondering what kind of questions they are going to ask you, wondering what the interviewer is going to be like, and then the day comes where you head into your interview.
The hiring manager must interview you in order to determine if you are a good match for the company, to figure out if you are lying about what you put on your cover letter and resume, and to see if you are a decent human being who looks okay and smells good enough to work for the company. You walk in, they present their hand to you. It is polite to have a firm handshake with them. They ask you some questions. You attempt to make good eye contact. It is okay to look away once in a while to think about what they are asking, but continue to look at the person because they are not taking their eyes off you at all. Then they ask you the ultimate question: Do you have any questions?
Of course you do. Do you ask? You probably should. Just know that you must ask the right questions without appearing too annoying or asking stupid questions to which you should already know the answers. I once went for an interview for a Human Resources position. I already knew that they were not going to hire me after my interview was over, but my interviewer asked if I had any questions. Of course I had plenty. I had no idea what human resources did at the time, so I asked so many questions.
They never called me back, but I knew they were not going to and I really did not want the job for the amount of work that needed to be done and the very small paycheck I was going to receive. My point is, they did not give me enough information to really know what we were doing, so I began interviewing my interviewer extensively, drilling her on what she actually did. It is probably not best practice to interview your interviewer, but you should ask a few questions and make sure your potential company is upfront with you about everything, especially when it comes to salary, job description, time working, benefits, and when you will get paid.
The company is interviewing you, of course, but do not be afraid to ask questions and present a short interview with the company, especially important ones. The company is looking to hire you because they need you and you may need them. You may want to search the Internet for questions to ask at an interview. Not only does asking questions show your hiring manager that you are interested and engaged, but it shows that you may have done your research of the company and just want to know a little bit more about certain things. However, I warn that you do not extensively interview your hiring manager like I did, unless of course, you do not really want the job.