The Job Interviewer
It is important to remember that the goals of an interviewer and the goals of an applicant are different. The primary goal of an interviewer is to gather information about the skills and/or the flaws that will help an individual to perform or prevent an individual from performing a particular task. The primary goal of a job applicant, on the other hand, is to convince the job interviewer that his or her skills far outweigh his or her flaws. As a result, there may be instances in which the goals of the applicant and the goals of the interviewer are simply incompatible. In these cases, the applicant must find a way to convince the interviewer that he or she is an excellent employee even if the interviewer is unwilling or unable to give the applicant a chance to do so. In order to do this, there are several key things that you should keep in mind.
First, it is always important to try to stay calm. If the job interviewer seems to be hitting you with a series of extremely hard questions or seems to be deliberately trying to derail your interview, try to take a deep breath and stay focused. Some interviewers, especially those working for employers in high stress industries, use tactics like these to see how much stress you can handle and the interviewer will not be impressed if you get angry or upset. Secondly, try to read into the question more if there isn't much to answer. Some interviewers like to stick with yes or no questions so it may be a good idea to answer each question with a concise explanation of why the answer is yes or why the answer is no.
Third, try to keep the conversation positive. If the job interviewer seems to be focusing on your flaws, talk about the progress that you've made towards overcoming your flaws or the methods that you're using to improve your weaknesses. Finally, it is important to remember that "you can't win them all." This is because there may be some cases in which you encounter an interviewer that doesn't care, is poorly trained, or is simply biased against you. If this is the case, the only thing that you can do is to try to keep the conversation focused on the reasons that you would be an excellent employee and remember that if you fail, there are always other jobs.
Last Updated: 05/23/2014