To this day, I'm certain they didn't see it coming.
Sitting in a conference room and interviewing for Centerline's content-writer job, I walked three of my to-be colleagues through my resume. The conversation focused on my 10 years as a sports journalist, some of the memorable events I'd covered, and the people I'd interviewed. From there, we talked about my transition into content marketing for a global software company that sold IT management and security solutions to managed-service providers.
Then came my favorite question.
"Is there anything you want to ask us?" Adam Mittner, one of our executive studio directors, asked on behalf of the group.
I opened my notebook. My checklist of questions—the bulk of which were intended to help me get a better understanding of the job itself—were there for Adam and the others to see.
"This is great," he said. "Fire away."
Game on. It was my turn to interview Centerline.
Truthfully, that was my goal before even stepping foot in the building. And here's why: You can't get answers if you don't ask questions. And if you don't get answers, you can't make informed decisions.