A job interview is supposed to be a two-way street, a conversation between you and a potential employer, to make sure you're a fit for each other. That also means there are some things you should remember about your interviewers when you walk in that would normally go unstated. Here are a few of them.
Glassdoor explains that some of these can ease your mind and relax some of the tension that comes with job interviews, but it can also help you see past the Q&A-style of most job interviews and help you understand where your interviewer(s) come from:
- They want you to feel comfortable. This varies, but in most cases, they want you to relax so they can actually get a feel for the real you and your skills. They're not looking to make you artificially nervous.
- They want you to be impressed. Interviewers usually don't bring people in unless they actually think they might be a good fit, so they want you to be impressed with the job they're offering, their offices, the team, and so on. They want you to want the job, and they understand they're the people who have to sell it up to you.
- Most aren't trying to trick you. Trick questions aren't exactly rare, but they're rarer now than they have ever been. These days the questions aren't "tricks" as they are just curveballs designed to help them see how you sort out a complicated, non-obvious issue.
- They're probably crunched too. Maybe they're trying to fill a position that badly need to be filled, or round out a team that's over-stretched and overworked. Maybe they're just all busy and time out for the interview is time they could be working. In any event, it's not just you feeling the pinch, and you're not necessarily disadvantaged. You need the job as much as they need someone to fill it, so keep that in mind. It levels the playing field.
The second and last ones are pretty important to remember in my experience, and they help a lot if you keep them in mind when you interview. It helps some of your own confidence show through as opposed to just feeling like it's you walking into a lion's den.
What You Don't Know About The Team That's Interviewing You [Glassdoor Blog]