One of my worst interviewing experiences was early in my career. I was asked to come in for an interview and the hiring manager was an angry man who criticized me harshly (and loudly) for seeking an entry level position without having any experience. Maybe he was used to people taking whatever hostilities he threw at them, maybe it was his way of testing candidates – I’m not sure what it was, but I knew then I wasn’t interested in working with him.
This was a valuable lesson. I realized that not only are companies seeking candidates who may be the right fit, but I needed to find a company that was the right fit for me.
If you are interviewing, the interviewer’s attitude and style reveal lots of information and clues. What is their demeanor? Can work with them every day? Are they engaged or apathetic? Do they answer your questions? Do they listen or speak at you? How have they described other people in the group?
Have they told you about the culture? How do they view their employees? Is there collaboration? Is there opportunity to grow and learn?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In fact, prepare a list of questions you have ahead of time, because you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.
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