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5 Common Types of Interviewees

5 Common Types of Interviewees

Here at MyPerfectResume, we maintain contact with a wide network of recruiters and hiring managers across a range of industries. And our contacts have plenty to tell us about what the interview process looks like from their side of the table. This week, courtesy of our friends in the staffing field, we offer five 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 to identify: 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 beat too long to answer questions, so she and the interviewer end up talking over and into each other in blurts like verbal bumper cars. But somehow, despite the occasional cheerful miscommunication, she bounces back and her message comes through clearly: she's great at what she does, she's happy to be sitting here, and she really, really wants this job. If nothing stands in the way, she'll be hired by the end of 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 to pretend he isn't nervous at all, and since he really is, his voice and body language send a confusing message. He tells terrible jokes in a tight voice, and emits a loud fake laugh every few minutes. His attempts to "dispel the tension" only make it worse. By the end of the interview, both parties feel oddly exhausted, and the interviewer is relieved to show him to the door. The end result: She hopes they never meet again.

3. The Confident Question Mark

This candidate is overflowing with confidence. She strides into the room and tells the interviewer exactly what she wants, what she can do, and why she's perfect for this job. She tells a convincing tale…but is this confidence real? Or is she simply very, very good at job interviews? At the end of the day, the interviewer decides that it doesn't matter; he's sold. She may be the real deal, or she may be full of convincing 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 one problem: he can't tell the difference between confidence and arrogance. He swaggers in, ignores the friendly receptionist in the lobby, gives the interviewer a square-jawed glare instead of a smile, and proceeds to explain all the reasons why the job is essentially already his. The outcome: the interview is practically 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 all the angles, and she's as cool as a cucumber. The stakes don't overwhelm her. If this job isn't a fit, she knows the next one will be. She asks as many questions as she answers, and she treats the interviewer like 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 a thriving professional relationship. Visit MyPerfectResume for more on how to ace your interview and land the job you're looking for.

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