Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What Was My Grade On This Interview?

Don't ask that!


Great explanation at this link. Even if you're dying to have immediate gratification and feedback, stifle your urge to ask about your grade (or "how well you did," or any variation of that kind of question) when your interviewer asks if you have questions.

The second-worst way to respond if an interviewer asks you if you have questions: "Nope, that about covers it."

Instead, ask about something that shows you understand the company, and that you're interested in the value and skills you can bring to the job. Have a list of possible questions:

  • How is X coming along? (A new product the company has launched; a response to a new situation or requirement that is public information and seems to be relevant to the organization.)
  • What's the ladder for growth and promotion in this organization?
  • How would you characterize your organization's social culture?
You can think of more, especially after you've done some research on the company.

And for a little extra fun: read this sarcastic post on "how to fail utterly at job interviews"! http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2013/10/14/job-interview-fail-15-ways-to-make-sure-you-never-get-an-offer/

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