When preparing for that all important job interview, chances are that we all spend our time preparing answers, thinking about how we can impress the company in question and of course, how we can come across well. However, very few of us think about what would happen if the person interviewing us is inexperienced and doesn’t know how to conduct an interview properly. Below are some examples of the worst types of interviewers, how to handle them and even how to impress them.
Any good interviewer will have learnt that it is vital to let the candidate do most of the talking. After all, you are there so that they can find out more about you and your suitability to the role. It’s not unusual to attend an interview and find that your potential new employer won’t let you get a word in edgeways however. Just because they are telling you everything and anything about the job, don’t be fooled into thinking that this means you have been successful. If you are really keen on the role, make sure you get a chance to demonstrate your skills and experience – even if it’s at the very end when they ask if you have any questions.
Interviewers are of course just as likely to be too quiet. They could be nervous, inexperienced or just having a bad day but don’t let their silence put you off. Even if they’re not asking questions or engaging in conversation, make sure you highlight all the points mentioned on your CV. State how you think your experience will help you in the job, why you want the position and how you think you can be a benefit to the company. Just because they’re not saying much it doesn’t mean that they’re not silently impressed and showing that you can take the initiative will greatly improve your chances of getting the job.
The uninformed interview
There is nothing more disheartening than turning up to a job interview and your interviewer doesn’t even remember your name. There could be many reasons for this – they are incredibly busy, they’re interviewing a lot of people or they have been thrown in the deep end at the last minute. Whatever the situation, take this as your cue to really work hard to capture the interviewer’s attention. Elaborate your skills and how they apply to the job, highlight your experience and make sure you mention anything that might make you stand out from other applicants.
The bad time keeper
When you go for an interview, chances are that you will go out of your way to make sure that you are on time. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean that you will be seen straight away. We have all been in a situation where we have turned up raring to go, only to be kept waiting for what seems like hours. Use this extra time to your advantage – go through your notes, skim through your CV and make sure your appearance is immaculate. Even if you are annoyed about being kept waiting, ensure that you are calm and gracious when you are finally seen because showing your patience will improve your chances of getting the job.