Effective job interviewing requires preparation. You prepare for a group of tough questions with even better answers. You role play and tape your performance. Friends critique your possible bad habits and your long rambling answers. Interview preparation includes panel and web cam interviews. You’ve got everything nailed down to how you dress for success to relevant questions and a great summary close to the interview.
So you’re now prepared for the skilled interviewer, who will get the best out of you by asking tough probing questions. But what do you do if the interviewer has no idea how to conduct an effective interview and a possible good job is on the line?
This type of job interview can leave you totally in the dark. There appears to be no interest and little conversation. You were not even asked about your qualifications and accomplishments. If you properly prepared for the interview you’ll know early in the interview where the problem lies.
With your background and interview preparation you should have the skills to turn the bad interview around in your favor.
A job interview should be a two-way conversation. Your goal is to acquire information about the employer and the employer is trying to sell themselves to you. With a poorly equipped interviewer does not have the interviewing skills you’ll need to draw out the information.
If the interviewer goes on and on about the employer, for example, they need to be re-directed to the subject of the interview. Your questions should prompt the interviewer to tell you more about the needs of the job and specific information about the employer. An unprepared interviewer who may have not even looked at your resume will have to be briefed by you on your background and accomplishments.
If the interviewer doesn’t get around to asking about your skills or why you are a good choice for the job you’ll have to speak up and tell him. Make sure you answer each of the main job requirements with an applicable accomplishment. Don’t hesitate to ask the questions you were prepared to ask. Things like: the priorities of the job? What is a typical day like in the job? What is the number one skill that makes a person successful in the job? Sell yourself at every opportunity.
Since the interviewer is not prepared or thinks they are being cute by asking questions like, “If you were an animal which one would you be?” Do your best to answer them. Keep your answers positive; never say anything negative about previous employers or supervisors.
Even though your patience is being tested, taking control of the interview may be the only way you can get the information you need. They may be a bad interviewer, or unprepared but you are the one being interviewed. Do your job and give it your best to get across why you are the best fit for the job. Be enthusiastic about the job, be positive, and smile a lot and the least you can say is you got in some very good interviewing practice.