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What should I do when interviewers don't ask me any questions in job interviews? They only ask what questions I have for them, and when I try to sell myself they seem uninterested. Is this normal, or does it mean they aren't interested?
Answered by Kacie, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I do not think that is normal.  That is not the typical flow or style of an interview.  Without knowing more details, I can't say it means they aren't interested, it just does not follow a standard interview format.  

Typically, interviewers have a list of defined questions for an interview, including a list of behavioral interview questions.  At a minimum, interviewers will ask a candidate to describe their work history, why they left previous positions, why they are interested in this position, etc.   

With any interview you go to, I would come with a list of prepared questions to ask the interviewer.  If  they did not ask me questions, I would be sure to ask them for a detailed realistic job preview to understand the position more thoroughly.  Also, I would ask them what questions they have for you.

 
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
This is not the norm for an interview with a company. When a company is interviewing a candidate they normally have a standard set of questions they will be asking. The first round interview with the recruiter is more heavily focused on your education and past work history. When you are speaking with a hiring manager they will touch on your educational background and work history but they will most times focus on the more behavioral based questions. This will give them insight into what actions you may take in different situations. Once the interviewer is done with any questions he/she has then you may ask questions. Come prepared to the interview with questions you have about the company, specific position you are interviewing for, etc.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
This is not the norm for interviews but everyone has a different method for conducting interviews and getting to know a person better. I have heard of hiring managers taking this approach before. It’s best to come prepared with a list of questions to show you have done your research on the company and to show your interest in the position. In a job interview, you are trying to sell yourself as much as a company is trying to sell themselves. You can ask questions about the specific job requirements, what is expected of someone in this role, what qualities the hiring manager is looking for in a potential candidate, the culture of the company, etc. You can also ask the hiring manager specific questions about their background and the dynamic and structure of the team this position would be working on. I would also include questions that lead the hiring manager to believe you have done your research on the company and are in the know on recent events within the company.

When this happens, use it as a chance to interview the company rather than them interviewing you.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Great question! Everyone has their own interview style, and that could be theirs! Always go into an interview being prepared to carry the conversation. It is unlikely that you would have to do this, but it can occasionally happen and if you are able to do this well, it will be a great win for you! It will showcase your leadership and communication skills. I will often start an interview off by asking “What should I know about you?” I will let the candidate lead from there, and I will engage in a very casual conversational style interview. I will use this style of interview when it is clear that they have the hard skills for the job, and I want to get to know their soft skills and their communication abilities.
When this happens in an interview the best advice that I can give, is to speak professionally, but also like you were speaking to a friend. Companies want to hire folks who can work well with others and also be someone that they enjoy working with. Having a casual conversation can provide insight to how you would fit in well with the team.
It is possible that the interview was having a rough day personally and or professionally. That will happen too, they could have also already found the person that they wanted to hire for this exact position and are having the interview because it was already scheduled. In either one of those scenarios, do your best to engage with them, and highlight your assets. If works, great, if not, move on to the next. Never get too emotionally attached to the first potential job that comes around. I wish you all the best in your hunt! –Nell
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 20, 2015
This is unorthodox, but I would make the assumption that it is one of two things.  One, the interviewer is unprepared and if this is the case, I would pass on this company anyway.  Secondly, it may be that interviewer's way to testing you to see how much you have prepared for the interview and how much research that you have done about their company.  This illiustrates how important it is to do your homework on a company before an interview.  Some things that you can do are to search LinkedIn for the names of the people you are interviewing with, if you have them.  Do a Google search on the company and find out things that are in the news about that company (ex. new joint ventures, new products & services, economy driven cutbacks, etc.).  You should also search the site GlassDoor for information about the company.  You can use all of this information that you find for the questions you ask.  A good practice is to write down several questions that you can ask prior to going into the interview.
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