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Quick Tip #90: When the interviewer is just plain rude
June 5, 2014
A number of years ago I knew of a candidate who had a horrendous experience at an interview. They had dressed professionally, prepared well for the day and certainly had the skills to do the job. However, almost as soon as the meeting started it was clear that the interviewer had mentally switched off. He threw out questions at the candidate but showed no interest in the responses, sitting back in his chair, hands clasped around his head and with less than half an ear on the answers. The candidate soldiered on, thinking maybe it was a test of some sort. However, after about twenty minutes the interviewer cut across the candidate and said, "Right, I'm bored of this. I think I'll finish up now". And that was the end of the meeting!
Hopefully this experience is a one-off and has not been shared by anyone else, but you may find yourself being interviewed by someone lacking in common courtesy. If this happens, as tempting as it may be to tell them what they can do with their job it is essential that you maintain your professionalism right to the end (even if the interviewer doesn't). You will probably have just met the individual and it may be that they are having personal or professional issues that you know nothing about and, unfortunately are letting these show. Much better for you to rise above any perceived rudeness. Remember, the meeting will only last an hour or two and when it is over you can leave, never to return. Also, if there is more than one interviewer it will also reflect well on you that you can keep your cool and leaving on good terms will stand to you if your path ever crosses with that of the company or the people you have met. Better to bite your tongue than give in to a rising temper.