2014 wrote:How quickly do you get to "What questions can I answer for you?" when you are interviewing, and do you have examples of some good questions?
Additionally, once an interview moves into this phase, are you looking for the applicant to maintain a dialogue or is it irritating if they kind of impose their opinion rather than just asking engaging questions and listening to your response?
Depends on the interview. If the interview starts out poorly, I'm going to get to that question pretty quickly and try to run out the clock. If it's going well, I may never get there, or just ask right at the end to make sure I'm not leaving someone hanging when they really had a question that they wanted to ask.
Specific questions about the interviewers bio are always good -- you can always get people to talk about themselves.
Here's one that I would ask: What's your five year retention rate for associates? The answer to that question is going to tell you volumes about the firm you're looking at.