Last month, I talked a bit about how to be like Loki and ace a job application by telling the truth. Using the Norse god of lies as a case study, we talked about what not to say in a job interview. So now let’s look at part two of the Loki Model: asking the right questions.

Believe it or not, selling your strengths is actually the easy part. You can prepare for what to say when they hit that six month gap in your CV where you took time off to train to be a professional shark wrestler, or explain that yes you failed a paper but it was because your lecturer was actually a Martian. The question people most often seem to forget to prepare for usually comes around the end of the interview, and goes something like this:

“So, do you have any questions about this job?”

Hold on, you think. This is a trick question, right? I mean, you’re at a job interview. You are the interviewee. They’re asking YOU the questions. So you just say “no, no it’s all good, I actually know everything.” Which of course you don’t.

Instead (and I can’t believe I’m saying this twice!) think like Loki. Ask questions! Lots of questions. Questions can help your interviewer to get to know you better, which is a large part of what the interview process is about. You shouldn’t be thinking of it as an interrogation – it’s more like a conversation, albeit a professional one. So while I’m not suggesting that you ask them what their favourite colour is or what they do in their free time, questions like “what do you most enjoy about working here?” are good ways to establish both your interest in the company and, more importantly, help you to figure out whether you actually want this job. Remember, you don’t want a job that you’re going to be miserable at. Ideally, your career will make you happy. This is your chance to find out if this is the place that will do that.

So, before you go in for your next job interview, have a question or two prepared for the interviewer. Career advice website The Muse offers a range of questions to ask in this situation.

Or, you could just try Loki’s method and ask if anybody else can do the things you can do. But I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are actually a Norse god.

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