|Written by Abby Kohut|
When you think of an interview, you typically think of a Q&A session where one person is asking the questions and the other person is answering them. When the interview turns into a two-way conversation rather than an inquisition, you have scored big points. At the same time, the more relaxed you feel, the more likely you are to bring up a topic that may be detrimental to your success.
Hiring managers and recruiters will tell you, if they are being honest, that most of the time, they don't necessarily hire people with 100% of the required job qualifications. Instead, they tend to hire people who are like them, or people that they like. In order to be likable, you MUST develop rapport quickly with your interviewer. Talking about commonalities is the first step, but always beware of the touchy topics which may take any rapport you had and throw it out the proverbial window.
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Touchy topics are just that… touchy. Sometimes they can be the kiss of death for your interview if you choose wrong. Telling someone that you like the picture on their wall or the knick-knack on their desk is typically a safe conversation starter. But to be 100% safe, avoiding controversial topics is the name of the game until you have several weeks of employment under your belt.