Outsmarting the Reverse Interview

May 5th, 2014

In most job interviews, you’ll be asked the following question: “Do you have any questions for me?” For many candidates, this “reverse interview” is a tricky decision between continuing to impress the interviewer or asking legitimate questions about the job. If you learn how to handle and ask reverse interview questions in the correct manner, you should be able to leave a positive impact and improve your chances of getting hired. Here’s how you can outsmart the reverse interview:

Don’t ask about hours and salary. 

The reverse interview is not the time nor place to inquire about specifics such as hours or salary. If you ask about these specifics in the first interview (especially hours), it will seem as though you are placing more importance on your schedule than you are on the company’s values. Before you accept the job, you definitely need to know your expected hours and salary. However, the more appropriate time to inquire about these details is after you have been contacted regarding a second interview. 

Don’t ask the interviewer too much about their personal story. 

Many candidates resort to asking the interviewer about their personal story when faced with a reverse interview. This can be a great tactic if the questions are framed within the context of their career growth. Asking too many questions about the interview can seem like you are trying to brownnose or manipulate them into hiring you. Be mindful of the questions you are asking, and keep them directed within the company to avoid any mishaps. 

Ask relevant questions, even if you don’t have any. 

The biggest mistake you could make at the end of the interview is to not ask any questions. Even if you already have all the job details and specifics, make it a point to ask a few questions at the end of your interview. Asking questions shows that you have a vested interest in the company and would like to know more about it. Some great suggestions for reverse interview topics could be: inquiring about company culture, asking about the predominant management style within the company, and inquiring about company and employee growth opportunities.

Don’t be afraid of the reverse interview. Instead, learn to embrace it. You’re being given the opportunity to learn more about the company and impress your interviewer at the same time. When you start thinking of the reverse interview as a positive aspect of your interview, you’ll find yourself more empowered to ask the right questions. Hopefully, you’ll receive a job offer as a result. Once you feel confident with your reverse interview skills, contact Olympic Staffing.  They will take your unique qualifications and match you with the right companies for your employment needs.

 

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