How to handle a job interview when the interviewer doesn't ask questions?
December 10, 2012 1:50 PM Subscribe
I have had interviews that consisted of the interviewer briefly explaining the position and then asking me if I have any questions. These have not gone well for me.
posted by secretdawn to Work & Money (13 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
An example from this morning:
(The company provides sports and arts programs for youth. The position involves handling all the paperwork and such that come with renting spaces for these classes.)
After filling out their application I meet with the interviewer in her office. While looking over my information she says something nice about the university I attended and I agree. She asks what happened at my first job that I was at for 7 months. I say I was looking for somewhere to grow. She asks why I left my most recent job, and I tell her it was a temp position.
She describes the position and the benefits. She mentions that the kids have competitions on the weekends, and that I am not required to attend. I say that I might enjoy attending since I used to be a cheerleader (one of the sports they offer), and she says something like “oh good so you can appreciate the value of sports for kids.” Would it have been appropriate to also mention that I liked that this organization offers classes at such affordable prices since I had to drop out of cheer as a kid due to costs?
She then asks if I have any questions. Since the ad for the job and her description were short I did have some questions (expand on certain aspect of job, how they manage data, if it's a new position due to growth, who this person works with).
And then I ask if she has any questions for me. (Was that weird?) She looks down at the papers with my info and says she thinks she has everything she needs.
So she only asked me why I left my last positions.
Should I have then just started talking about how some of my past duties align with the duties of this position? It seems awkward to me to just start talking, especially when it felt like the interview was wrapping up already. Should I have said awesome things about their organization? That seems brown-nosey to me.
But I am obviously wrong since I'm getting a decent amount of interviews but no offers.
I go into interviews having examples prepared for questions that might come my way, but I can't see myself randomly saying “so let me tell you about this one time I had this one challenge and how I totally solved it!”
I was already planning on sending a thank you email/letter so maybe I can help my chances with this job. However, I have another interview with a different company tomorrow, and I really don't want to ruin another one.
I know I'm not great at holding conversations, but I also know I can get shit done at work. I guess I just don't know how to communicate that to people I have just met.
How can I better prepare for these types of interviews and other interviews in general?