5 Common Types of Interviewees


5 Common Types of Interviewees

Here at MyPerfectResume, we maintain contact with a wide network of recruiters and hiring managersacross a range of industries. And our contacts have plenty to tell us about what the interview processlooks like from their side of the table. This week, courtesy of our friends in the staffing field, we offerfive different interviewing styles and how each one comes across from the interviewer’s point of view.Do you fall into any of these patterns? If you do, embrace your style and make it work for you! 

1. The Nervous Charmer

This person seems barely in control of her emotions during the session, and these emotions are easy toidentify: nervous energy, excitement, shyness, and a heavy dose of what can best be described as“awkward charm”. She drops things, including the ends of some of her sentences, and she waits a beattoo long to answer questions, so she and the interviewer end up talking over and into each other inblurts like verbal bumper cars. But somehow, despite the occasional cheerful miscommunication, shebounces back and her message comes through clearly: she’s great at what she does, she’s happy to besitting here, and she really, really wants this job. If nothing stands in the way, she’ll be hired by the endof the week. 

2. The Nervous Train Wreck

This candidate faces the same problem—nervous energy—but he solves it in a different way. He tries topretend he isn’t nervous at all, and since he really is, his voice and body language send a confusingmessage. He tells terrible jokes in a tight voice, and emits a loud fake laugh every few minutes. Hisattempts to “dispel the tension” only make it worse. By the end of the interview, both parties feel oddlyexhausted, and the interviewer is relieved to show him to the door. The end result: She hopes theynever meet again. 

3. The Confident Question Mark

This candidate is overflowing with confidence. She strides into the room and tells the interviewer exactlywhat she wants, what she can do, and why she’s perfect for this job. She tells a convincing tale…but isthis confidence real? Or is she simply very, very good at job interviews? At the end of the day, theinterviewer decides that it doesn’t matter; he’s sold. She may be the real deal, or she may be full ofconvincing bluster, but he’s ready to take a chance. 

4. The Confident Zero

This candidate also decides to use confidence as his tool—or weapon– of choice. There’s only oneproblem: he can’t tell the difference between confidence and arrogance. He swaggers in, ignores thefriendly receptionist in the lobby, gives the interviewer a square-jawed glare instead of a smile, andproceeds to explain all the reasons why the job is essentially already his. The outcome: the interview ispractically over before it starts. Next. 

5. The Candidate who Sees the Big Picture

This candidate knows what she can offer, but more important, she knows why she’s here. She sees allthe angles, and she’s as cool as a cucumber. The stakes don’t overwhelm her. If this job isn’t a fit, sheknows the next one will be. She asks as many questions as she answers, and she treats the interviewerlike a human being and a potential new friend. Not like a police officer, a schoolmarm, or a stern parent.The outcome: she makes a real connection with the interviewer…who later becomes her boss in athriving professional relationship. Visit MyPerfectResume for more on how to ace your interview and land the job you’re looking for.