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New survey lifts lid on interview types

New survey lifts lid on interview types

Are you a gabbler or a bluffer? A superstar or a time-server&hellip or maybe even a rabbit in the headlights?

New analysis by one of Scotland’s leading recruitment firms has identified the five personality quirks that are most likely to trip candidates up when it comes to the pressure situation of a job interview.

The profiles, which range from the Gabbler – an interviewee who doesn’t know when to stop talking – to the Rabbit-in-the-Headlights – a candidate whose nerves causes them to clam up – recognise the characteristics interviewees display when they come under questioning.

McAdam King claim, by recognising and addressing these character attributes, job hunters can improve their chances of landing their dream role. The firm, which has offices in Glasgow and Stirling, has issued advice on how to deal with each characteristic.

Maureen Blenkharn, founding director of McAdam King, said: “The interview process is often stressful and it is not unusual to see candidates display one, two or even all of these types of behaviours when they feel under scrutiny.

“The essence of any good interview performance is self-awareness. An interviewee must have a detailed understanding of how and why he or she has been successful in the past and convince an interviewer they can translate this behaviour into a new setting.

“By recognising the pitfalls they may face, and preparing properly to deal with them, candidates can significantly improve the way they present themselves.”

Colin McAdam, founding director, McAdam King, added: “As the job market becomes increasingly competitive and interview processes reach greater levels of sophistication, candidates have to be more aware than ever before of the way they project themselves in interviews.”

He added: “Most people who have conducted interviews will recognise each of these types of behaviour. People respond to the stress of interviews in different ways. The right mental preparation can make all the difference when it comes to delivering a strong performance at interview.”

What kind of interviewee are you?

Bellow are five types of behaviour displayed by candidates during interviews – and advice from McAdam King on how you can avoid them.

Gabblers don’t know when to stop. No question warrants a brief answer. In fact, sometimes they offer answers to questions which the interviewer hasn’t even asked as they treat any pause in the conversation as a gap which must be filled with noise.
Tip:  “Self Awareness is the key to a good interview. There is evidence to support the view that increased self-awareness is associated with higher level of job performance. Rehearse potential answers to questions in advance. This will allow you to hone your technique and, crucially, recognise when you are drifting into gabbling.”

Bluffers believe research is for people who don’t have their gift of the gab. They may not know much about the role they’ve applied for, or the company they’d be working for, but are sure in the knowledge that a few bits of jargon and the use of words like & lsquo;synergies’ will see them through.
Tip:  “The phrase, & lsquo;Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ may be a clich&eacute but, when it comes to interviews, it rings true. Research the role – the tasks, the essential and desirable criteria listed in the job description – then relate previous experience and successful behavior to these.”

Superstars have a carefully structured career plan and the job on offer is just a pit-stop on the way to global domination. They see the vacancy as a stepping stone to greater things rather than an opportunity in its own right and make sure interviewers know they are destined for greater things.
Tip:  “Potential employers don’t want to have to fill the same vacancy twice in short succession.  Show how your individual ambitions fit in with the employer’s needs.”

The preparation has been thorough and likely questions and answers carefully scrutinised but once a rabbit gets in the interview hot seat, brain freeze sets in. Even the gentlest question creates panic as the interviewee is overcome by a terror of saying the wrong thing or – worse – looking like a show-off.
Tip:  “Many individuals are quite reserved about talking about their successes for fear of being seen as boastful. An interview is not the environment for such reticence. Sell yourself – but make sure you can back up any points you make or credibility will be diminished.” 

Usually an existing member of staff, time servers doesn’t just think they can do the job they’ve applied for&hellip they think they deserve it.  Answers are only given in the context that they shouldn’t really have to prove themselves in this way.
Tip: “Show a clear understanding of the company culture. How does the employer’s culture fit with your motivational drivers and values? Give evidence of on-going personal development and a desire for continuous improvement.”


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