Unveiling Different Types of Interviewers and How to Handle Them

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To most job seekers all interviewers are the same and often times, its only Recruiting officer that can unveil to the job seeker that in reality there are different types of interviewers.

Usually scrapped out from the eyes of the job seeker is the work field and assessment of individual interviewer, achieved by simply looking at body languages or mannerism, which is a key factor that varies one interviewer from another.

The job seeker often sees the interviewer as an enemy or likely as a kill-joy. This is far from the truth. In contrast, the recruiting officer sees beyond the surface as they delve deeper to fish out the candidates.

Its is therefore necessary to know the different kinds of interviewers and how to handle them if the job hunter truly want to ace the job interview.

Different Types of Interviewers

There are different kinds of interviewers and we will treat some of the most notable ones in this article.

The Chatty Interviewer

This interviewer is friendly, gregarious and conversational;  appearing to take keen interest in the prospective employee’s warmth and friendliness.

How to Handle Them: Do not relax your guard simply because the Chatty Interviewer seems like one who is out for a joke. Express sincere warmth and give a friendly appearance. Be alert to questions asked and answer skillfully.

The Interrogative Expert

This interviewer is best liken to as a force man, a lawyer, slightly extrovertish, possessing a dominating and intimidating charisma and good questioner.

How to Handle Them: Maintain a good composure; give thoughtful answers to questions asked at a rather slower pace than that of the interviewer in a calm tone. Remain pleasant and avoid a showy display of being overly-sociable.

The By-the-Books Interviewer

Interviewers of this sort follows a set routine; a pre-existing interview script and appears objective.

How to Handle Them: Don’t derail the interviewer by trying to change the pace. Instead, tactfully distinguish yourself by creating a discourse that will retain the comfort zone of the interviewer while respectfully trying to let the interviewer out of the set routine.

The Inexperienced or Ill-prepared Interviewer

This interviewer may likely be new to the process of hiring employee, and can easily be swayed off balance because he lacks training or preparation.

How to Handle Them: Avoid showing a superior disposition, even though the interviewer’s fault is plain for all to see. Calmly and humbly answer the questions you are asked. If your questions about the company is not satisfactorily answered, tactfully seek to reschedule the discussion or to meet someone else (more capable) in the company.

The Nosy Interviewer

Interviewers of this sort are rare, described by how they step out of bound in professionalism when discussing with prospective employee. This may likely be a trap to determine whether you (the job seeker) will let down your guard.

How to Handle Them: Stick your answers to the standard work-related topic; tactfully redirect any questions that are inappropriate or make you uncomfortable. Should you notice the interviewer’s persistent deviation from professionalism, respectfully end the discussion.

It is important to know that interviewers may not individually display one of these traits in entirety, but this write up has definitely given you ideas and strategies on how to effectively respond to different interviewing styles that exists, but not often noticed by the unwary job seeker.

However, if you encounter an interviewer whose profile does not fit into any of the aforementioned categories, recruiters suggest that you adapt tactfully – while not trying to make jest of the interviewer – their speech patterns and a handful of their charisma. Research shows that interviewers are impressed by candidates who smartly adapt and adopt the interviewer’s style.

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