To continue our summer series geared toward helping those land their first full-time gig, we wanted to remind you that not only are you interviewing for the job, but you should be interviewing your employer, too. The interview process really is a two-way street, one of mutual selection. Yes, you’re trying to land a job – something that isn’t always easy, especially in today’s economy – but the potential employer is also trying to fill a void within the company. So, when going into an interview in addition to keeping in mind the Do’s and Don’ts we suggested over the past two weeks, remember that you should interview the potential employer just as much as, or maybe even a little more than, they interview you.
It is likely that your potential employer will gush about everything from the working environment and fun events the company hosts to your role as an intern at the Company. This is pretty common; after all the folks you are interviewing with are working at the company, they must like it, right? But, in all seriousness, this really is your chance to dive a little deeper. Ask questions about what their least favorite part of the job is (everyone has something they don’t LOVE doing) and what the hardest part of being an intern is at the Company. The key to these questions is not necessarily the answers because there is always going to be something you don’t like or something hard about your role, this is the nature of working, but rather your potential employers’ reactions to the questions. Can you feel their excitement in the answers? Does it make you feel excited? Can you feel their honesty come through during the interview? It’s not always about the message that is being delivered, anyone can regurgitate facts to sound good, but rather it’s about how it is conveyed to the listener, how it makes you feel.
Interviewing for a new job can be nerve-racking, but just remember to have fun, be yourself, and trust your instincts, remembering that when it comes to the interview it’s definitely a two-way street.