Once I met a 2-year experienced software engineer, who wanted to clear some of his doubts before the formal HR interview commenced. He had already gone through the company’s website and but still wanted to clear his doubts with the technical panel and articulate his expectations and evaluate if his skills fit the opportunity. We liked his approach—proactive and aggressive; he now works in the company. A candidate’s interest in the company’s products, technology, market and customers reflects his/her level of interest and maturity to learn things. Aggressiveness to learn something new is a good sign for a company, looking forward to a long-term relationship with their employees.
What I found funny:
A candidate should feel free to communicate to the interview panel when he/she isn’t comfortable. Once during an interview an able candidate was restless and did not answer questions properly. He suddenly sprung up and asked where the restroom was, ran to the restroom, comes back and thanks the panel.