Find Out How Your Interview Is Going By Asking The Interviewer About Their Job

Trying to work out how the job interview is going? Other than reading your interviewer's body language, one simple question may be all you need to gauge how an interview is going or went: "Why do you work here?"

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Steve Browne, an HR director, says on HR Bartender that the way the person answers can be a sign that the interview went well (or not):

I recommend that people ask "Why do you work here?" as their first follow-up question every time. When they do this, the interviewer will inevitably let their guard down and the candidate can judge how the person answers. If they seem to relax and engage the candidate, the interview went well. If they are aloof and give the Company "line" as a response, then it may have not gone well.

If the signs point to you having a bad job interview, don't worry. The HR Bartender article offers many suggestions for how to handle the situation, and we have a few tips as well for recovering from a bad job interview.

What To Do After a Bad Job Interview — Ask HR Bartender [HR Bartender]


Comments

    Would have thought "do you like it here" would be more appropriate?

      "Do you like it here?" is a closed question that can be answered yes or no and as such gives no real information (most of the time) a "why" or open question forces the person to think and delivers real information.

        My problem with "why do you work here" is that it comes across as arrogant or maybe a bit rude.

          Maybe it reads like that in an article but if you use the correct tone when asking any question it can come across however you want it to.

          It's all about asking with interest rather than asking with attitude.

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