Open Mouth, Insert Foot
Appropriate Q&A for
There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking
questions.—Charles P. Steinmetz (German-born engineer and inventor)
DON’T WE ALL wish we had access to a crystal ball that would guide us through the perfect question-and-answer interview session? Unfortunately, such a futuristic device does not exist, so we must rely on our discretion and intuition. But who’s to say that your interview will even be a dialogue? Many times, from the moment you sit in your chair, the one-sided interrogation begins. However, even in that type of extreme scenario, the interviewer will allow you a question or two at the end of the cross-examination. Therefore, you must prepare on some of the broadest and most common topics that you should feel confident asking about and answering while in the hot seat.
One thing is certain: Not asking questions during an interview will make you appear disinterested, unprepared, timid, and unmotivated. It may also be indicative of your personality being too proud to ask questions