As competition gets tougher and perfect jobs are more difficult to find fast enough, it is vital that you do not waste any opportunity to land your dream job. The first big opportunity you would have to convince a company that you can satisfy their needs is a job interview. Thus, there are no excuses for not preparing to please and impress your interviewer.
Nevertheless, some situations are more challenging then others. As much as you prepare to meet your recruiter, you might be facing someone you find difficult to read and thus, difficult to impress. Here are the most common types of challenging interviewers you would need to prepare a strategy to overcome.
1. Structured interviewers – these recruiters come highly prepared, are likely to have years of experience in an HR department and in interview situations. They will come prepared to the interview, ready with well-tailored questions which will give them specific information relevant to the position in question. No place for diversion.
Once all the candidates have been reviewed, the recruiter will study the notes carefully and rank how the candidates performed with respect to predefined criteria such as Teamwork, Initiative, Multitasking, etc.
You should really have focused on the job ad if you come to confront such an interviewer. Pay attention to the keywords used in the ad and make sure you are capable of clearly and consistently projecting them throughout your answers. This will help you impress the tough interviewer and score high on their scoresheet.
2. Love the talking type – in general, the interviewer should speak a rough 25% of the duration of the interview. Thus, they will give you the opportunity to present your case and demonstrate your strengths. There are some (usually with less experience or not coming from an HR background) who just love to talk. They are thrilled to share with you their experience working in the company, the requirements for the desired position, the challenges and benefits of the sector, etc.
These interviews might leave you a bit uncertain about whether you have had enough time to make a point, yet they will give you tons of valuable information about the company and the people that work there. Further, if you manage to not interrupt your interviewer and give them your support in the opinions they express you are likely to be able to maintain a further relationship with them which just might be what you need to be invited for the next round.
3. The quiet type – facing a quiet recruiter is challenging and might be very tricky. Those are the interviewers who will respect the 25-75 rule and would ask a question and see where your answers will take you. They are often active and trained listeners who will make note of any indication of character and skills that you truly have.
To avoid unnecessary rambling and potentially dangerous situations when facing such a recruiter, make sure you answer thoroughly and completely to what has been asked. And if your answer is followed by a long pause, do not try to fill it up with unprepared small talk or anything you are not able to demonstrate with at least 2 real life examples.
After all, the purpose of an interview is that you highlight your skills and accomplishments as well as possible before an interviewer. Thus, having knowledge and confidence you know how to deal with different approaches would only make you more relaxed and secure as you go.