Interview or uni-view?
by Francois Pan on February 10, 2015 - 3:07pm
The original article What not to ask at a job interview written by Dooley Eileen was published by The Globe & Mail division of Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc the 4th February 2015.
In many interviews the interviewer tries to catch the applicants off guard by asking the one determinant question at the end of the interview. “What question do you have for us?” is one of the classic examples. The majority of people tend to not prepare for these types of questions and end up answering poorly. Generally there are two good ways and one bad way to answer this question. One can ask details about the job such as the potential difficulties which one may encounter, the expectation from the panel, the effective methods to evaluate the performance etc. One can also enquire about the people in the future working environment such as the qualities of your comrades, the atmosphere of the workplace or simply what you can potentially learn from your peers. Many questions could be asked to make a good impression on the panel. Nonetheless, it is inappropriate to ask about the pay or the welfare of the post, since it indirectly suggests that you put the revenue as the top priority of your work. These questions are crucial in an interview in the sense that they reveal your attitude, work ethics and expectation of the job. Above all, well asked questions can suggest that you are a rigorous person, therefore somebody the company can rely on.
In my opinion, there is a general misconception that the best way to prepare for an interview is to prepare for all the possible questions that one might ask. This mind-set hampers one’s spontaneity and limits an individual to passive question-responding and consequently shapes an inflexible image of the person in question. In fact, I have assisted a number of interview where my mom, a school principle, interviews university students and undergraduate students with other administrators of the school. The thing that arouses my attention is the general passiveness among the applicants. They are too prepared to be interrogated that it lacks nothing but a dark room and a spotlight to turn the interview into an interrogation. When assisting my mom’s interviews, my observation is that the applicants who make an effort to have a decent dialogue with the panel are more likely to pass the interview. The increase of their chance can be explained by their ability to act according to the circumstances, which, in my opinion, is crucial in standing out from the other competitors.