Here's some principled truth from Auren Hoffman of Rapleaf, whose very business is based on an understanding of how people think about you. it's good in every transaction between people, particularly important ones like jobs and relationships.
Pay attention, maintain high energy and self-respect, and don't sell yourself. Give the other person the information (s)he needs to make an independent but positive-toned judgment, and try to puncture unspoken illusions and assumptions up-front. He says it better.
As a job seeker, adjust this advice. Do highlight your strengths. But use the interview to ask these questions about the culture, and whether, when the interviewer sees your resume, he sees things that concern him. What an opportunity to clarify for both sides!
So, job seekers, here are some questions:
What do people find the hardest thing about working here?
What have you learned about employee match, and mis-match, with this job?
How would you describe the social and working culture here?
These [ ...] are my concerns about the job/culture.
--What is your view?
--Are they accurate?
--What's the best kind of employee in this culture?
--Here add a prepared description of your personality and work style.
And don't lowball your salary. If they want you, they will pay, or it's an opportunity to negotiate for probation and an early salary review.
Just part of what you will remember if you check in with your Job Coach for Interview Preparation.
Courtesy GMU's Marginal Revolution