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J-Are You Being Interviewed or Interrogated?

It's up to you.

An interview is a business conversation where both individuals (interviewer and job candidate) gather information from each other. The interviewer asks questions about your experience, while you asks questions about job responsibilities, company culture, need for the position, etc.

An interrogation occurs when one person questions another to extract information. The interrogator asks all the questions and the person being interrogated only gives answers.

Many job seekers sabotage themselves by viewing the interview as an interrogation where they will only supply answers. This is not an interview. It is an interrogation. The most successful interviews are truly conversations, two-way exchanges of information. The most successful job seekers ask questions throughout the interview.

You are responsible for promoting a two-way conversation by asking questions. If you don't ask questions you force the interview to be an interrogation.

The following technique will help you create a two-way conversation and have your best interview.

Questions Travel in Pairs

To promote effective two-way communications remember the phrase "Questions Travel in Pairs". The interviewer asks one of the questions while you ask the second question, hence completing the pair. Here is how it works.

The interviewer asks you a question about your experience, you answer, and then you ask a follow-up question, completing the pair. They might ask you to describe your experience in a specific area, you give them your answer, and then you ask a question immediately after giving your answer. Just tag the question on the end. Here are just a few examples:

The following illustrates the "interview" (conversation) flow when the candidate does ask questions:

Interviewer
Question

Candidate
Answer, Question

Interviewer
Answer, Question

Candidate
Answer, Question

The following illustrates the "interrogation" flow when the candidate does not ask questions:

Interviewer
Question

Candidate
Answer

Interviewer
Question

Candidate
Answer

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