Snippets: making small talk

Many interviewers like to make small talk with a prospective employee to get more of a feel of the temperament and personality that goes beyond responses an interviewer might have rehearsed. While you don’t want to attempt to be buddies with your interviewer, being able to participate in small talk is almost a talent by itself. Make a connection with the interviewer, and your chances immediately increase. If it’s possible for you to know what the interviewer does, you can include what you know in your small talk. For example, if your interviewer worked on a large campaign, ask him what it was like. You should avoid too trivial a subject and listen more than you speak.

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