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How to cope with an unfriendly interviewer

How to cope with an unfriendly interviewer

Have you ever encountered an unfriendly interviewer before? Sweaty palms, stuttering, and your mind start skipping, e.t.c as the case may be. 

They could be frustrating right? Attempting to impress while avoiding sounding desperate reckless 

Nothing, no matter how confident you are, an unfriendly interviewer can ruin your day. 

Hence, this post is aimed at preparing you for what lies inside those interview doors. 

This aggressive tactic employed by an interviewer is a commonly used tactic by employers. This method of interview is called a “stress interview”

 The motive of the interviewer is to weaken you by putting you in a high-pressure environment. 

 Here’s what to do if you find yourself in this kind of situation:

Be Calm

In such a confrontational situation, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and upset; don’t let your emotions get the best of you; stay calm and take deep breaths. 

Concentrate on the task at hand, which is to present yourself in the best light possible throughout the interview. 

Maintain Your Level Of Confidence

This is easier said than done, yet it is the most effective strategy. 

Have in mind that some things could have happened before the interview, and the interviewer may not realize their hostile behavior. 

Don’t let them win if this isn’t the case and the interviewer is simply being difficult! 

Smile, relax, and project as much confidence as possible; this will throw them off.

Tell the interviewer you will like to ask some questions

Reclaim control! actively engage the interviewer by asking questions too. Once you have confidently answered the interviewer’s question, tell the interviewer you want to ask your own questions, and if they object, persuade them to give you a few extra minutes of their time. 

Use appropriate words

Don’t let the actions of the interviewer push you over the line and make you say something you’ll later regret. 

Keep your responses brief yet powerful in conveying your message.

Leave politely

If the interviewer’s behavior makes you uncomfortable, it’s fine to leave but do so politely. 

The interviewer’s aggressive behavior could be a significant red flag, you could avoid the stress of going through the remaining part of the interview if you are no longer interested in the position. 

Go with your instincts and respectfully request to leave the interview; you can also address the interviewer’s behavior toward you and use it as a reason for leaving. 

Express your discomfort while expressing your gratitude for the interviewers’ time.

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Conclusion

An unfriendly interviewer is a commonly used tactic in HR. The motive of the interviewer is to weaken you by putting you in a high-pressure environment. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, stay calm and take deep breaths. 

Maintain your confidence throughout the interview. If the interviewer’s behavior makes you uncomfortable, it is fine to leave but do so politely. Don’t let the actions of the interviewer push you over the line and say something you’ll later regret.

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