Ask the questions, get the answers.

Over the past week, I have been applying to and interviewing for internships. During this process I have come to realize the importance of interviews; not only for the employers, but also for me as a future employee.

The first thing my interviewer said to me yesterday was that I should ask as many questions as I want during the interview because this is a “two-way thing”. I can’t even begin to explain how important it was for me to view the interview in that way. Not only did it help me relax, but it really helped me to learn more about the prospective job and whether or not I felt it would be a good fit.

Admittedly, I went into the interview not sure if it was for me. This was partly because I did not completely understand the corporate culture of the company or the job itself. However, after sitting with her for an hour and asking about the company, job and tasks that an intern would be responsible for, I left the interview feeling very positive.

It’s amazing what you can find out about a company and a job by simply asking the questions. Obviously there’s a little bit of intimidation when in an interview setting—here you are sitting across from someone who is judging the way you answer questions and the way you present yourself. But when it comes down to it, we also need to judge whether or not the job is right for us. In the end, employer and employee will be much happier knowing that they have both found the right “fit”. It’s just as important for the applicant to feel that fit as it is for the employer. This is a lesson I learned today and will be sure to remember during future interviews.

Have any input on interview etiquette? Should we be free to ask as many questions as we like or should that be left to the professionals?

February 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment