Did you find our previous post in this series engaging? (if you haven’t read it, please do).
It talked about professional profiles and how having one can increase your chances of having a “date” with an interviewer.
You took the needed steps, improved your LinkedIn account, and eureka! you got the call!
A face-to-face interview session.
You get your credentials ready, pick out your best suit, polish your shoes and, you’re all set!
Like a typical date, you introduce yourself, answer questions, and even try to share some laughs.
The interview ends, and you believe you have aced it.
You expect feedback, but it never comes.
What could have gone wrong? You wonder.
You got to the venue early enough, you have all the credentials needed, answered all questions correctly, in fact, the interviewer even said, “hope to see more of you soon”, so why aren’t they calling back?
Well, like every conversation you have, you always look for someone engaging, who is part of the conversation, as opposed to someone who just lets you dictate the pace, direction, and flow of the conversation.
An interview is a date…converse.
If you see an interview as an opportunity to have a conversation, i.e. candidate and client, then the manner you would approach the interview would be different.
Getting to know someone entails asking questions about the person. This shows interest and intent.
The same can be said for an interview.
If you fail to engage your interviewer, it could be translated as disinterest and lack of intent.
Asking questions shows that you see yourself as part of the firm already, and are interested in finding the details that would increase your efficiency when employed for the role.
Additionally, asking questions helps to shape your decision to either accept the offer or not.
So, what are some questions you can ask your interviewer?
By category, here are some questions you can ask in an interview:
Questions to avoid during an interview
Although asking questions is highly recommended, there are some you should not ask, else, they would shine you in the wrong light:
What does this company do?
This only shows you didn’t do your research ahead of time!
If I get the job, when can I take time off for vacation?
Are you interested in working or staying off work? Wait until you get the offer before mentioning a break.
How did I do? Did I get the job?
Be patient. They’ll let you know. If you don’t get a call or mail, then you should reach out to the recruiter (if possible) to find out if you are still in contention for the role or not.
In conclusion, be engaging, open, and curious when going in for an interview.
You don’t expect one person to do all the talking on a date, so why won’t you be engaging with the recruiter(s) in an interview?