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The Flip Side of a Job Interview

Posted by Lori on January 27, 2010

Did you ever think that the person sitting across from you at a job interview could be a nervous wreck with sweaty palms? Honestly, that thought never crossed my mind! We all know the drill, the interviewer asks questions, and we merely sit there dreaming up the best answers in order to illuminate our qualifications and how well they amazingly coincide with the job description.

So what about the person asking the questions? Have they been in that position for long, or are you their first candidate? If you are new at interviewing people, then you will want to read this article that published in AgCareers.com. Lyndsay Swinton of MFTROU (Management for the Rest of Us), gives us 7 Interviewer Interview Questions for First-Timers. Everyone who is preparing to interview a job applicant for the first time should read the list to ensure he or she is asking the right questions. Then, click on the link to see what types of answers the candidate should be giving.

  • Tell me about your current role…
  • What interests you in the position you applied for?
  • Managing your own workload is critical in this job. Can you give me an example of when you had to manage your workload to meet conflicting deadlines?

The author suggests to aim to ask about two to four different competencies, as the role requires and time allows.

  • Take your time to think through your answer, and please ask me to repeat or explain more fully anything you don’t understand. (The author states that this is not a question, but states that it is a good phrase to get the best out of your candidate.)
  • That’s a great example – to help me understand more fully, could you clarify what your role was in this example?
  • What are your career plans, and how does this job fit in?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Job applicants will benefit from this information just as much as a the person who is interviewing his or her first candidate. What do you think? Have you ever been in a situation when the interviewer was nervous?


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