Interviewing Your Interviewer
The sense of nervous anticipation that precedes an interview is almost inevitable. You’re worried about making a good impression and that’s okay. That said, it’s important to see interviews not simply as candidate evaluations, but back-and-forth assessments between interviewer and interviewee. While the organization is using the meeting to judge your unique set of skills, experience, and personality, it’s also a chance to see how well they fit you.
Most interviews will end with the employer asking if you have any questions of them. Taking full advantage of this opportunity will help ensure you don’t jump into a job you end up dreading. You can ask for general information about company culture and the day-to-day, along with more detailed stuff like team structure and vacation, and anything in between. Below are tips on succeeding in this role reversal.
Prepare questions before you go.
Coming up with questions in advance will not only demonstrate your preparedness come interview time, it’ll give you time to develop ones that actually provide pertinent info. Think about what aspects of the job might impact your decision to accept or decline an offer and jot down questions accordingly. What’s the minimum amount of paid time off you’d take? Do you want a hands-off managerial philosophy, or something more structured? You don’t want to pose these as demands, but do try to get a sense of whether or not the company can meet your needs.
Ask the appropriate person.
Once you get beyond the initial screening, you’ll likely be interviewed by multiple people in subsequent rounds. Most of these will start with each interviewer briefly mentioning their name and title. Pay special attention to these introductions. If one of the panelists is a director, you’ll know to aim questions about organizational philosophy and major initiatives toward them. Questions about day-to-day life or favorite aspects of the job should be directed at the person whose position most closely matches the one for which you’re applying. And so on.
Strategically targeting your questions will not only provide you with more insightful answers, it will show the interviewers that you’re observant and have a general understanding of organizational structure.
Cover a variety of topics.
This is your only opportunity to find out information that isn’t listed on the company’s website or Glassdoor profile. Find out as much as possible — about organizational values, opportunities for advancement, specific duties, team members, salary and benefits, etc. — so you can confidently accept an offer that’ll leave you satisfied.
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