Interviewing the Interviewer

Katharine Hepburn once said, “Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.” As an actress Hepburn was probably referring to interviews about her work and life but, for many, this quote fits for the dreaded job interview.

Any Internet search will result in millions of hits offering advice on how to be successful in job interviews, explaining the types of interviews, and even the meaning of some of the strange questions interviewees may encounter such as “How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?” asked by Horizon Group Properties or “If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?” asked by Rain and Hail Insurance.
In any interview it is important to be yourself; there’s a saying in HR – “hire for skill and fire for fit.” Regardless of the question or the format, the interviewer is trying to get a sense of whether or not you’ll “fit” with the organization as well as whether or not you have the skills/expertise to do the job. However, job interviews are also a perfect time for you to interview the employer. It’s your chance to determine whether the job and organization is a good fit for you.
Do your research to learn as much about the organization and its culture before sending your resume. As you arrive to the interview, continue your research paying attention to the environment and the people. As your interview begins, strive to make it a two-way conversation. Be prepared for when it is your turn to ask questions. Strive to ask questions that will help you assess whether or not the job is a good fit for you. This is your chance to learn whether it is really the job you want.
Originally posted October 29, 2012 by Deirdre Pickerell

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