How to Interview Your Interviewers

Are you interviewing for jobs and feeling unsure which offer to take? Have you heard about making sure YOU also interview THEM while they interview you, but not sure how to do that? We have a simple solution for objectively rating your interviews that will help you decide whether or not to take the job!

Step 1: Identifying values that are important to you in a job before the interview

Knowing if a place is right for you can be tough. But if you know what your most important values are for working somewhere, you can decide easily if you should take the job. When I was looking at internships, I realized that I really enjoyed working with a team in the past. So, one of my top values for interviewing was teamwork. Figuring out your values has a lot to do with defining what success means to you. Come up with 4-6 values that are really important to you when thinking about your ideal job. Here are the values I came up with when interviewing for my internship:

Step 2: Make a list to prioritize each value that you will discuss in the interview

Once you have your 4-6 values, decide if they are all equally important. Make a list, with the first spot being for the most important value, and last spot for the least important. This step can be hard because of course you value each of these things! And it’s OK to have some or all of your values be equally important-- trust your gut! If values are equally important, write them down side by side instead of before and after each other. These values are the topics you will ask about in the interview.

My list for internship looked like this:

Step 3: Assign a numerical value to each of the items on your list for the interview

Now that you have your list, this step should be pretty easy. Your most important value should have the highest numerical value, while the second most important value should have a slightly lower numerical value, and so on. You’re going to have to follow your intuition again here to decide how much larger one numerical value should be compared to another. Here is how mine looked after assigning numbers to each of my values:

Step 4: Find the highest possible score for the perfect interview

You have numbers assigned to each of your values, so now it’s time to add them all up. The sum of all of them together will be the overall score you will rate interviews on. Here is what my list looked like once I had added up each value: