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What is the point of asking a question to someone that can't answer?

 
#1 What is the point of asking a question to someone that can't answer?
13/12/2006 03:48

interviewee

Hi all,

I have an upcoming telephone interview with the HR dept of a consultancy firm. I have been told to expect the usual competency based-questions.

In the past, I was always prepared to ask questions about the company, but have noticed with time that most HR people are unable to tell me anything else than the number of applicants and the "fill-in the box" skills they have been trained to look for in applications.

Is it just me or is there really nothing more to telephone interview questions?

Any thoughts?

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#2 RE: What is the point of asking a question to someone that can't answer?
13/12/2006 09:05

JJ to interviewee (#1)

You have two objetives in any interview. First is to get to the next stage of the process. Second is to decide if you want to go to the next stage.

Asking questions can help you with the first objective. Depending on the question it can demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm and show you have done your research.

For the second objective you only need to cover the "make or break" questions rather than stuff that is of general interest. Since you almost certainly want to get in front of a line manager before making a decision on withdrawing I would suggest these questions are less important at this stage.

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