Job interviews can often feel like interrogations, with hiring managers drilling applicants on their work experience and best professional qualities.
But successful candidates typically know that the best interviews are conversations rather than a one-sided questioning.
Jeff Reynar, director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook, visited Business Insider and provided some advice on how to take the reins from the interviewer.
“You can sort of turn the interview process on its head a little bit and ask the person whose interviewing you what they have done, what they have worked on, and what they have learned in the process,” Reynar told Business Insider.
“That’s a great way to get a sense for whether you’ll fit in and get the experience and have the job you’re looking for,” he continued.
Reynar, who reviews between 50 and 100 résumés across range of different disciplines each year, said that interviewing should be as much about a company making a choice about an applicant as the applicant making a choice about the company.
“I think the way you should think about the interview process is that it’s Facebook trying to figure out whether you’re a fit for the company and for a particular set of projects, and that for you, you want to figure out whether Facebook is the right place for you,” he continued.
Job candidates should think about what they are looking to do in their career and then have a conversation during an interview to figure out if the company is the right place for them, Reynar said.
Interviewees should ask probing questions to figure if they will enjoy working as part of the team, Reynar said, and offered up some smart questions to ask:
• Are there other people from the university that I attend who work here? Can I talk to them?
• What does it look like to change jobs in a couple years after I’ve been successful on my first project?
• How long do people stay in this office? Do people move from office to office?