Types of Interviewers As Told By Michael Scott
Whether you’re a freshly graduated college student or you’re looking for a career change, you’re going to endure a lot of personalities in your job search. As I’ve mentioned before, interviews are a game that you must to learn how to play, for your benefit. This game can get difficult when you are unaware of what personality you’re going to interviewing with. A few weeks ago, we went over types of job seekers you will come across in interviews. This week we are bringing it back full circle to talk about the 4 types of interviewers you come across in your daunting search to find your dream job and how to use them to your advantage.
It is very apparent that this person just reallllllly enjoys the sound of their own voice. They want to talk about them and there’s no real reason you need to be there. In fact, you’re fairly certain if you just give them a mirror they wouldn’t even notice you left. They blabber on about their journey to the position they’re in, they chat about their hobbies, family, and their latest diet. If you don’t play your cards right, you might walk out without having talked about the job at all.
How to deal:
Find an opportunity. This may or may not be as easy as it sounds. Find a way to relate to this person and bring the interview back to you. One common mistake that job seekers make is not asking questions. This is a good opportunity to get the interview back on track and show the interviewer that you’re a serious candidate.
This person has got in their head at some point in their career, that there is a magic word or phrase that the perfect candidate will know to say. They somehow think that they will know if you’re the right fit for the position by asking “if you were a contestant on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?” If you sing “XO” by Beyonce you’d be a good fit but god forbid that you choose “Umbrella” by Rhianna because that is obviously the wrong choice.
How to deal:
Always go with Beyonce ¯\_(?)_/¯ Only kidding. Just answer and move on, there is no real way to determine what they want to hear from you. It is best to just be yourself.
The Cookie Cutter:
“What is your biggest strength and biggest weakness?” Cliché question after cliché question. To be honest, this is probably the type of interviewer you are gunning for. Safe and predictable. These are the easiest to prepare for because there are thousands of articles with tips and tricks to best answer these questions.
How to deal:
Just read “Cliché Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them” and if you have more questions, sign up for free career coaching.
We’ve all been there, sitting in an empty conference room, sipping on a cup of tap water offered by Pam the Receptionist. The interviewer finally comes in 20 minutes late. He sits down with a mustard stain on his tie and immediately stands back up to go borrow a pen and some paper from Pam. It doesn’t seem like he has specific hiring criteria to judge you on. He is fumbling over questions and now you’re starting to question if he even knows why you’re there. The good news is he should be easy to impress. The bad news is he will probably judge you on factors that have nothing to do with the position.
How to deal:
Because they are so unprepared you can pretty much steer the conversation any way you’d like. Before any interview, be sure to have a 30-second pitch about yourself prepared. Hopefully, this will help the interviewer think of relevant questions. If not, encourage them to look over your resume. Just keep repeating your strengths and they will most likely develop hiring criteria around what you have to offer.