While you should be ready to communicate your strengths and go over your resume in an interview, it’s also important to learn about the company and the job to fully assess the opportunity.
Asking questions will provide you with a better sense of the position, and if it is right for you. The questions you ask will also give with the opportunity to showcase your understanding of the business, your diligence and your desire to get the job. Add in the chance to establish a positive relationship with the interviewer, and it is easy to understand why you ought to spend some time getting ready to interview your interviewer.
Below is a short list of tips on interviewing your interviewer.
Do your due diligence
Research everything you can on the products, services, job, company culture, challenges and latest developments at the business. Look at the company’s website and press releases. Look for details and perspective from ‘outside’ resources, such competitors’ websites.
The questions you ask ought to expand on information found during your research. For instance, if you noticed a recent ad campaign that appears to tweak the brand, you might ask about initiatives to shift targeting of consumers.
Questions should also delve into information not easily available from their website or social media profiles. These questions will indicate you have done your research and are truly curious about this company. These questions can include asking for the interviewer’s thoughts on the corporate culture, onboarding methods, major recent developments in the company, primary difficulties of the position, major priorities for the position and what the ideal applicant looks like.
Avoid asking about salary, benefits, vacation or anything material associated with the position. There will be time to sort out these details if you are offered the job.
Pay attention to the answers you get
All that time and effort spent crafting questions for your interviewer will be wasted if you don’t bother to pay attention to the responses you get. In addition to actually listening and nodding to indicate you understand what is being said, ask follow-up questions and try hold a conversation, not an interrogation.
In fact, you should be ready for the interviewer to ask you questions based on the questions you ask. Prepare for topics which might be brought up by your line of questioning. For instance, if you plan on asking about top priorities for the position, your interviewer might mention the capacity to recover from rejection, and then turn around and ask you about situations where you had handle rejection and how your approach worked out.
During this back and forth, the more engaging you can be, the more you will establish a rapport with the interviewer and boost your odds of getting ahead in the hiring process.
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