the best interviewers do! In our society, and perhaps even in
earlier ones (I'm not sure if people in the stone age interview
his/her neighbours when they wanted to get paintings on cave
walls or the wheel fabricated), interview has been used as a
basic recruitment and selection tool. No viable substitute has
emerged for the eye-to-eye, one-on-one sizing-up of each other,
prospective employer to employee. Unfortunately, the basic skills
of interviewing have been always taken for granted, and assumed
to be something we are all innately capable of doing.
You may ask, 'Can you get a job without being a good "interviewee"?'
Yes, but the odds are los. If you are looking for a position in
the federal or other levels of government, written tests are
frequently the rule, but we cannot think of anywhere else where
you can avoid the interview as part of the process. Just as
resumes seem to have become one essential job-searching requirement
of the nineties, so has the interview --- even if the job the
applicant is pursuing does not require oral-presentation or
communication skills. It all comes down to, "He/she looks
great on paper, let's see what he/she is really like."
Don't forget that curiosity is a two-way street --- you should
have as much interest in meeting your prospective employer and
forming your opinion as they have with regard to you --- but
if you want the job, you must become a terrific interviewee
--- that's the only way.