Remember in school how every time you changed English teachers, you had to handle a different set of expectations and rules? What worked for one person didn’t always work for another. The same idea applies with interviewers: Each one may be slightly different, and it benefits you if you can adjust to their styles and preferences. Below you’ll see three different types of interviewers and how to impress each one. Adjust your wow factor as necessary.
- The talker. Some interviewers manage to speak more in the interview than the candidate. They make you feel at ease, almost like you’re friends – but take care not to let your guard down, lest you get too comfortable and say something unprofessional or give them information you wish you hadn’t later. Your best bet? Respond with warmth to their friendliness but keep in mind that you’re on an interview and answer any questions accordingly. When they stop talking, take the opportunity to ask questions pertinent to the position and the company. This way you let them talk and you show your interest.
- The interrogator. This person asks questions so concise and to the point that you feel as though you have something to hide. They ask questions point-blank and expect quick and thorough answers. They also won’t give you much indication as to whether you answered the question well or not. Some interviewers do this deliberately try to make you nervous and see how you respond, so don’t rise to the bait. Keep eye contact, avoid rushing to respond, and remain calm – let your tone remain confident and interested and keep responses relevant, avoiding chatter.
- The inexperienced. Everyone has to do something for the first time, and this includes interviewing potential candidates. This person may be new to the company or the hiring process, and their behavior can range from overly scripted to more nervous than you. If you feel you’ve had more experience during interviews than they do, remember to keep it professional and do your best not to take over, leaving them ill at ease. Stay with your planned talking points and avoid asking questions the person obviously can’t answer. If the person seems extremely unprepared, it’s acceptable for you to ask for someone afterward who can better answer your questions (although not in front of the other person, of course).
Practicing interviews can help you, and working with an experienced staffing firm like PrideStaff Thousand Oaks will help you do well in any interview, no matter who’s asking you questions.