After successfully completing your education, you will be keen to find a suitable job to suit your aspiration levels in terms of career, money, growth and social status. And so, you start sending out your resume and preparing yourself to gear up to face the job interview.
You won’t get any accolade to attend an interview, be it for your entry-level job or for middle-level opening, but if you master the techniques written below, you will definitely be a flying success. Attending an interview is an experience encapsulated with brimming confidence, well-mannered etiquette, and passionate knowledge. There is no place for a disheveled appearance. Interviewers are impressed with your above attributes. It is a common understanding that all the interviewees take the utmost care to get them acquainted with the information of the company’s products, their strengths, weaknesses, reputation, market standing etc. This definitely boosts the courage level of the interviewees who face the interview. But apart from these, it is preferable that you collect information about the panel members of the interview committee. Every time this may not be feasible but by exploring various sources and avenues, if this information is possible to garner just before the commencement of the interview, then interviewee is one step ahead. If you are able to know the traits of various types of the interviewers and how to handle them during the course of the interview, the following tips will be useful to you.
1. The friendly: They will greet you with a smile, shower praises for your appearance with and make you comfortable. They will talk a lot and make you at ease. You may be an Engineer with a specialization – say in Electronics. So, by becoming a friendly interviewer he may be hiding his particular knowledge or he will like to exert his pressure to open you up. Many interviewees commit mistakes seeing their friendly behavior and open up too much in the midst of the interview and in the process lose the chance to win the game. You may have to keep your patience and ensure to open up within the limit.
2. The pernickety: Interviewers are very wise and they will bombard you with questions for answers even for basic principles of any subjects. So, if you are not thorough with your subject knowledge, you will not be able to take the pressure.
3. The less attentive: These types of interviewers conduct an interview in the midst of their routine functions. Time to time, their attention will be distracted by phone calls, visits of their colleagues and their supporting staff members etc. They will throw a bunch of questions very casually, without much emphasize. You have to somehow manage your courage to appraise your suitability for the vacancy and persuade him to focus his attention on your verbatim; otherwise, the interview will be a farce.
4. The satiric: Interviewers will greet you with a little jeer. They will pretend as if they are busy. For a fraction of a moment, they will forget that you have been called for an interview and will not invite you to sit. On your polite request for the same, they will simply nod. They will start with tricky questions and will stare at you with a satirical glance make you uncomfortable for eye to eye contact. You may have to build up your confidence level to play the game of attending this type of interview in his shoe that means your answers will be to the point and authentic, mixed with politeness and confidence.
5. The jumper: These types of interviewers will ask you a number of staccato questions jumping from one after another without giving you much of a chance to answer. Their impulsive behavior and showmanship will irritate you. But, very tactfully you have to handle the situation and if required, make him realize very courteously to give you little time to finish the reply for the first question, then the second one and likewise. Your polite assertiveness will force him to pause so that you are at ease to answer his questions. Further, this may give you a chance to show your skill to answer his various types of questions. But, you may have to avoid fumbling and numbness while being engulfed with the pressure of numerous questions.
6. The huffish: These are less talkative, inquisitive, broad-faced and an inappeasable type. Mostly you confront with this type in a senior level interview. But at times based on the need, they become the interviewer even for GET level. By and large, their appearance ripples nervousness as soon as you enter the room albeit with your brimming confidence. They ask you point blank and mostly dichotomous questions. They also prefer to have a straightforward reply with statistics. Any kind of wishy-washy reply will fluster them. So, if you happen to be greeted by this type of interviewer, chances will be remote to satisfy them, but sometimes “lady luck” may rescue you.
When you understand the different types of interviewers, you can suitably adjust your approach and provoke your thought process in line with theirs, but of course, that does not come overnight.
After attending a few interviews, courage and conviction levels go up and you will also be able to make a judgment to score the goal at the appropriate time that means you will be successful to be awarded the job.