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INTERVIEWS / DEC. 29, 2014
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How to Interview Your Interviewer

Many of you jobseekers out there may regard job interviews as a horrifying experience which is perfectly understandable, since you are required to answer a series of difficult questions by the interviewers. However, it is important to understand that you are not there to be interrogated about your past or something that you’ve done wrong. On the contrary, you are attending a job interview to ask questions too and if possible get more information about the organisation. How can you expect to find out if this job is for you or not if you don’t ask the interviewers any questions?

Apart from getting more information though, interviewing your interviewer can give you an advantage in your job interview. It will make you feel more confident and relaxed as a result of increasing your chances of getting the job.

So, if you want to walk out of your interview with a blaze of glory and satisfaction, then you check the following tips:

#1 Get to know the interviewer

Interviewing your interviewer doesn’t necessarily mean interrogating people like a policeman would normally do. It refers to being polite and encouraging the interviewer to talk about himself. If the conversation allows, refer to circumstances that most people would probably be involved in or show your sense of humor when discussing your hobbies. Above all, it is important to be engaging and positive throughout the process. Whatever you do, you want to be careful in terms of not overdoing it. That’s because you don’t want interviewers to think you are trying to avoid answering their questions!  

#2 Ask the right questions

When preparing your questions you want to make sure you construct your questions in a way that demonstrates genuine interest in the employer. Here are some good examples of interview questions to ask the interviewer:

1.    How did this position come to be open?

2.   What does it take to be successful in your company?

3.   What is the most positive part of working at the company and what would you change if it were possible?

4.   What is the largest problem the company is currently facing and would I be in a position to help you?

The interviewer’s answers to these questions will inevitably help you decide if you will be happy there or not. Also, it will help you find out if this employer is the right fit for you in terms of job expectations whether that includes the salary, work hours, compensation or benefits and most importantly work culture. It is vital that you become familiar with the organisation’s work culture as early as possible throughout the selection process is vital. It will help you determine if you can work at the company if, for example, they have a fast driven and competitive work environment.


#3 Focus on the job advert

Sometimes the job advert alone cannot give you all the information you need about the role you are applying for. If you want to get more information, you could focus on what the job advert says to clarify any misunderstandings. This kind of interest will show recruiters you want to know more in terms of their expectations and the daily requirements of the position that most of the time is not available on the job advert.

In order to be successful, you should regard every job interview as an opportunity to meet key people from the industry you are interested in and get to know more about what each company has to offer. Job interviews are not one-way driven; if you learn how to direct the conversation and ask the right questions you actually have an excellent chance of getting the job on offer!   

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