LinkedIn's Head of Talent reveals huge interview 'concern'

Being inquisitive in a job interview is essential for any candidate looking to land the role on offer. And if a jobseeker is not openly curious during the interview, it could signal to the recruiter that they’re just not interested.

According to Brendan Browne, Global Head of Talent for LinkedIn, one of the main ways an interviewer remembers your candidates is by the questions they ask. "If people don't have questions, that's a concern," he told CNBC. “It's sort of impossible to not have questions. You won't get everything in a 45-minute interview that you need."

Having said that, it’s surely incumbent on you, as recruiters, to coach your applicants to ask the right amount of questions at the close of an interview. They need to be prepared before they walk in the door, having a set of queries they know they would like to put to the interviewer. And if they don’t, it can signal a red flag.

“Is this emblematic of not being inquisitive or collaborative?" added Browne. "Questions are one of the most important things. Ask about [the interviewer's] experiences. What challenges do they face? What's next for the company and what's up ahead?"

A recent article in Fast Company agreed with Browne, whereby Sjoerd Gehring, Global VP of Talent Acquisition at Johnson & Johnson, revealed the smartest questions that candidates asked at the end of interviews.  One such question was; ‘why has the person in this role decided to leave?’.

“This can be a very revealing question,” explained Gehring. “Why is the position you’ve applied for available? Is it because the previous person has been promoted or moved to a different team? Both of which would suggest that this job would set you up for progression.

“Or, did the person leave to join another company? Or because they didn’t meet expectations? If the recruiter hesitates or becomes evasive, that could tell you everything you need to know. Equally, stay alert and if you sense it’s time to move the conversation on, gently change the subject to something else, or ask a new question that’s easier to answer.”

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