I’m sure we’ve all had some hella job interviews. I remember a while back I had an interview at a local paper – the Leigh Journal to be precise.
Nothing drastic or mind-numbing took place, just the interviewer would ask me a question, I’d answer it, then she’d sit in silence for a good five, eternal, damning seconds – making me feel like I hadn’t said a thing, while staring into the deepest depths of my soul.
I didn’t get the job.
According to Business Insider, an interview should be a two-way process – with both interviewer and interviewee doing the best they can to make sure they find out if the interviewee is the best candidate for the job.
However, what you probably didn’t know is that as the interviewee you should be asking one helluva lot of questions too – and one question more than any other.
And according to career experts Katharine S. Brooks and Lynn Taylor, that question is: Who succeeds in this position?’
No matter what the job you’re applying for is or what it involves – always ask that question.
This question gives you ‘insider information about the position and the interviewer’s perspective on the organization. This is the type of information you can’t find easily on the internet.
Their response will likely elicit such invaluable input as specific skills they seek (you’ll pick up a lot more nuances than what’s included in a written job listing); the real priorities for the job (you’ll know this because of emphasis and time spent on each); an inside perspective of what it takes to secure the position (they’re in effect telling you specifically how to sell yourself according to their needs); and their culture, work ethic expectations, and style.
Considering you’ll be spending almost every waking hour in the office – it’s probably a good idea to know these sorts of things, and it also proves your genuinely interested in the job itself and being an exemplar employee.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.