When we think of interview nightmares we usually lay fault with the job candidate for not being prepared, or failing important tests they didn’t even know they were taking, like Heineken’s test did in this “The Worst Job Interview Ever” video.
Yet the job candidate isn’t always to blame and it could be the employer’s fault the interview went wrong. Sometimes job candidates have the unfortunate experience of getting stuck with rude interviewers who make the experience a downright suckfest.
Blame it on a lack of coffee, egotism, or waking up on the wrong side of the bed but whatever the reason your interviewer is in a foul mood, you still need to know how to deal with it.
Here are four tips on how to deal with an interviewer who is making a miserable experience out of your interview.
1. Talk it out
If you’re getting bad vibes from the moment you walk into the room, try making small talk with your interviewer. Doing so might help you understand what’s gotten him into his current mood and help you empathize with the situation. You might even help by talking things out. Ask about how his day is going and build some rapport before getting to the nitty-gritty interview stuff.
If you and your interviewer just aren’t connecting and you know this is someone you’d be working with on a daily basis, think about whether this job is worth it. You don’t want to be stuck working with a tyrant everyday, do you?
3. See it through
If you’ve decided you don’t want the job for whatever reason, it might be a good idea to see your interview through to the very end instead of leaving early. Here’s why: Just because you don’t want this job, doesn’t mean you won’t want to apply for another job at this company at a later time. Leaving mid-interview would only burn bridges. Despite your interviewer’s attitude, think of your staying as more of a networking opportunity or at the very least, a good story to tell later.
4. Leave early
Listen to your gut feeling on this. If your interviewer is truly unbearable or abusive, verbally or otherwise, it’s perfectly in your right to say something like “I’m sorry but I don’t think this position is the right fit for me. I appreciate your time, but I’m looking more for ______.” Then politely excuse yourself and leave. If you’re feeling uncomfortable and it’s not just the uneasiness of your interviewer’s voice putting you on edge, do what’s best for you and if that means leaving early then do it.
Have you ever had to deal with a rude interviewer? Share your experience in the comments.