After 25 years in the IT industry, I have been interviewed many times by many types of people. Interviewers typically fall into these 4 categories.
She talks and talks and talks. She won’t shut up. You would like to tell her how much you are right for the position, but she’d rather tell you about her accomplishments. You’ll learn everything about what she’s done for the company, as well as everything she’s done in her life.
If you just sit there and nod your head, you’ll probably get the job.
The Know it All
You have nothing to offer this dude. It’s a wonder why they are even trying to hire another person. This guy apparently can solve all problems and possesses the technical skills of Steve Wozniak. He can’t possibly gain anything from you.
It’s best to just swallow your pride and bow down to the Know it All during the interview. Acknowledge he is the best tech ever. If you get the job, you’ll likely put him in his place on one of the many occasions he screws something up.
He’ll do anything to make you sweat. To him, the interview is a game, and you’re the main entertainment. He’ll ask many closed-ended tech question nobody could possibly know the answer to just to make you squirm in your seat.
You can either try to challenge The Griller by trying to talk back to him using terms he would never know or simply say “I don’t know”.
Super Duper Energized Superstar
She’s so full of energy. A real go-getter who will do anything for her superiors. She’ll be the first to admit that she doesn’t know tech and that you’ll have to take it easy on her with the tech jargon.
Be cautious of the Super Duper Energized Superstar as she will seem extremely kind, but she’ll be the first to stab you in the back the first chance she gets.
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