Converse and Engage

Converse and Engage

Interviewing can be rudimentary and tedious. But we all have to do it at some time in our lives. Most of us go through the motions of an interview without being authentic.

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”-Theodore Roosevelt

Interviewing can be rudimentary and tedious. But we all have to do it at some time in our lives.  Most of us go through the motions of an interview without being authentic.

We have all been taught how to bring our best selves forward during an interview. We have to be polite and dress for the job we want, not the job we have. We’ve even learned the lesson on how to turn weaknesses into strengths. I don’t know how many times I repeated the clichéd line that one of my weaknesses is that I work too hard because I care too much about the job I’m doing.  Or the age-old I’m such a perfectionist. Guess what… they know that it is BS.

But not all of us have learned the important lesson on conversing and engaging with the interviewer. Never miss the opportunity to respond to the interviewer when you are asked if you have any questions for them. Most times, you want you know more than just what your expected salary will be. Here are a few suggestions for questions you can use to determine if a company is right for you.

How is performance evaluated? It will behoove you to understand the culture of any particular company.  A part of the culture may be evaluations which can range from monthly to end-of-year annually. This shows the interviewer that you are at least thinking about work ethic.  Employment reviews are advantageous to both the employee and employer. Based on evaluations, you can learn the criteria of what is expected of you as the employee. An added bonus is the ability to honestly review your employers.

How are employees recognized for their achievements? is a great follow-up question. This demonstrates that you will be an employee who wants to be successful in the given position to earn recognition. In the rare occurrence that the company does not have anything set for employee acknowledgment, you may have given food for thought.

Do you have any concerns with me as a candidate for the position? You can, as a follow-up, subtlety combat any concerns that are brought up after the response to that question.  This can be your opportunity to truly give insight into you as a person. Insight beyond what you think they may want to hear, but let your personality shine through. Confidence is key; if you are confident in your skills, others will be too.

What is the most difficult aspect of the position? You don’t want to blindly accept a position without being aware of the pros as well as the cons. At this time, you can suggest ways to improve the difficult aspects the job, which will impress the interviewer. It will help you stand out from other candidates who may be too timid to give such suggestions.

Build an engaging rapport. Make sure you add a smile.  Happy interviewing!!

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