We’ve heard this one before but for some reason we still do it, why is that? The short answer is time, we don’t have the time to get to know people today so we try to sum them up in a quick and easy way. The problem is we can’t sum up a person with 20, 30 or 40 years of experience in 5 minutes. The best we can do is ask the right questions.
If you’re interviewing someone asks him questions about the position, how he would handle aspects of it. Don’t spend 30 minutes asking him about his previous jobs, that’s not going to tell you anything. Give him real issues you have to deal with on a daily basis and ask him how he would handle them.
If you’re the one who’s being interviewed ask questions about the material your working with. If you’re working with leads ask about who left information. What they were promised? And what you have to do? Remember you’re interviewing for a job so the only thing that matters.
What do you do when the interviewer doesn’t give out any information?
RUN. When someone is interviewing you they want something. They want someone to take some of the load off. If asked a question about the job and they change the subject or refuse to answer they are hiding something. You have to ask yourself, do you want to work with someone who starts off a working relationship with a lie?
How can you know if an interviewee is lining to you?
You don’t need to. All you have to do is give him real issues you had to deal with (nothing fresh just something from your companies past) and see how he deals with it. If you like the answer you can start on a trail basis.
In both situations take a trail basis
A job interview will never allow you to see what the work environment will be like. The best way to know is to try. I always recommend a one month trial, in a month you will know if the position is right for you, and if not no hard feelings you both part ways. It’s the same for the interviewer, He can’t know if you’re telling the truth. But he can tell how good you are after a test drive.
In concision, You can’t possibly know what you’re in for when starting a new position. Make sure to offer the trial basis and see how it goes. If the person interviewing you doesn’t want a trail he’s most likely inexperienced.
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