How asking questions can help you build a rapport during a remote job interview

Building rapport with an interviewer is something that many candidates struggle with, both during face-to-face interviews and remote job interviews. But asking questions can really help you to ensure the interview feels like a conversation and not an interrogation, and that the experience is an enjoyable one for both parties. Here are a few ways asking questions can help you build rapport during your remote job interview:

Asking tailored and considered questions:

Of course, key to building rapport is ensuring the questions you ask your interviewer are highly relevant – to the current situation, to the organisation, to the role and to the interviewer. Asking the right questions will ensure you’re perceived as a genuinely interested, competent candidate. Important, too, is the need to actively listen to your interviewer throughout the interview – this will help ensure that you don’t ask a question on a topic that’s already been covered.

Following up your answer with a question:

You could even consider asking follow-up questions to the interviewer, after you’ve answered their initial question, or simply ending with a clarifying question such as “I hope I’ve answered your question?” This will help maintain momentum and keep the conversation flowing, and reiterate to the interviewer that you’re keen to ensure you’ve answered their questions fully.

Thanking the interviewer for their response:

When thanking the interviewer for their response, instead of merely saying “thank you”, it’s a good idea to perhaps pull out a couple of elements of their answer and reiterate that in your response. For example, “Thank you for that, the point you made around really empowering your people to take account for their own learning and development really resonates with me.”

Taking your time:

Importantly, once the interviewer has answered your question, take a pause to ensure they’ve completely finished what they’re saying before thanking them for their answer or asking a follow up question. This will ensure you don’t speak over them (accounting for any time lags, particularly when interviewing remotely), whilst demonstrating to them that you have actively listened to their answer.

Remember, as has always been the case, your upcoming remote job interview is just as much about you analysing whether this is the right role and organisation for you, as it is about the interviewer deciding whether you are the best candidate. So, use this as an opportunity to ask the most relevant, considered and topical questions you can, to ensure you’re making the right career decision to set you up for success in the new era of work.

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