The Six Types of Interviewers
It has been noticed that interviewers tend to develop a very distinct style interviewing candidates over the years. You can appear more knowledgeable and confident one you understand the style of an interviewer. Given below are six very commonly seen interviewer types that you should know about:
1. The Mental No-show One:
Style: This type of interviewer is usually not mentally present in the interview room and often seems to be distracted.
Best Approach: The best thing to do with such an interviewer is to keep things simple since it would be very difficult to impress someone who is distracted. Offer a reschedule if the interviewer is pressed for time, get your important point across and then concentrate on following up.
2. The Friendly One
Style: This type of interviewer will joke, smile and help you get relaxed. The interviewer can either be an expert who understands that you will reveal more information once you are relaxed or he can be inept and is someone who just wants to be liked.
Best Approach: Try to be friendly but don’t let your guard down completely.
3. The Interrogator
Style: Will not smile. He/she will ask tough questions.
Best Approach: Try to come across as condiment, respectful and composed. This type of interviewer may think that your hidden qualities will be unearthed during a stress interview.
4. The Ultra-Focused One
Style: This type of interviewer will usually focus only on a single topic like the quota for the sales job.
Best Approach: Try to satisfy his queries and then move on.
5. The Rapid-fire One
Style: Quickly fires questions on all imaginable topics. The subjects may not seem to be connected at all and this may leave you feeling confused.
Best Approach: Careful presentation can come in really handy here since you will be able to relate the strengths you have to various job aspects.
6. The One with the Magic Question
Style: This type of interview will only ask you a few questions and will then ask you a magic question based on which he/she will determine if you are suitable for the job.
Best Approach: Keep your answers simple and short and then move on.