Like job interviews aren’t nerve wracking enough without encountering a hostile interviewer. You study the company, dress appropriately, print your resume on the finest stock, only to have your friendly smile and outstretched hand greeted with a stony stare.
What do you do now? Try not to get flustered. Take a few moments to analyze the situation and decide the best way to proceed. Remember, if the interviewer treated your competition with equal hostility, the candidate pool may be smaller. Keep your cool and you may have a good shot at the position – if you still want it.
Why is the interviewer hostile and how should you respond?
Stress. Your interviewer many be stressed by work pressures, or non work distractions. The last thing on his mind is this interview and he just wants to get it over with.
Just ask. “Mr. Interviewer, is there something wrong?” or “Is this a bad time?” He may not realize how he is coming across, or he might prefer to reschedule the interview for a time when he is less stressed.
This is only a test. You could be in for a “pressure interview.” In some fields, it’s important to determine how a candidate will hold up under pressure. You may be peppered with rapid fire questions or pressed to “prove” statements that you have made.
Remain calm. Remember your preparation, slow your breathing and take your time. Answer just what was asked and don’t babble or rush because of the pressure. If the interviewer was testing your response, he will most likely lighten up after you have answered his questions and performed well.
Grumpy interviewer. Yep. Some people just aren’t nice.
It’s up to you. Is the position such a great opportunity that you’re willing to just deal with it? Is the interviewer from HR or will they be your direct supervisor? You decide if you are willing to tolerate the same behavior on a daily basis.
If not you may want to cut the interview short. Stand up, offer your hand and say, “I’m sorry, but I don’t think we’ll be a good match.” Be professional, don’t offer a long explanation or get upset. If you are working with a recruiter, be sure to fill them in on your experience.
When you work with Wood Staffing, we make sure that every candidate and client is a perfect match, even before you meet. So if you are looking for a new job in Michiana, contact Wood Staffing today.