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Have you ever been to an interview where one of the interviewers seems nervous or awkward.If so what did you do?

Asked by chinchin31 (254 points ) 2 months ago

Okay I went to an interview where the HR manager and person I would be working with directly was present. I felt like most of the questions came from the HR manager as apposed to the person I would be working with. It made me feel uncomfortable as usually questions come from both people in most interviews I have been to.

I forgot to mention also that it was a casual interview, not a formal interview.

Also when it came time for me to ask questions. I tried to direct some of them at the person I would be working with but he seemed very short and like he didn’t really want to answer.

I thought maybe because English wasn’t his first language he may not have been that confident. Also he just seemed a bit moody.
I never experienced this before anywhere.
Did you ever have a situation like this.

By the way the interview was in a foreign country , not an english speaking country. But the interview was in English.

Also he kind of gave this big sigh when i was asking my questions. No I didn’t ask too many questions and I was to the point. I only asked about 5 questions.

I never experienced this before at all anywhere. I am usually quite good at interviews by the way. Could it just be a culture clash ?

I just thought it a bit rude and weird but I still continued to be friendly

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chyna's avatar

Are you female? If so, maybe he was uncomfortable with you because you are.
Of course, he could have just been having an off day. If this is a company you really want to work for, I would definitely want a second interview to see how this person acts and to see if this is someone you could work with.
And to answer your original question, this has never happened to me.

chinchin31's avatar

ok thanks. Yes I am female but they knew that before as it was on my cv.

chinchin31's avatar

Also even when I went to shake his hand at the end he seemed kind of awkward. I thought maybe he is shy. Who knows. I just never experienced this before.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Do you know what nationality he was?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Hmm, I don’t know. But think about working for someone like that before you take the job. Maybe he was having a bad day.

chinchin31's avatar

okay thanks for your comments!

Judi's avatar

If the HR director calls to offer you the job you might want to bring it up. This IS the person you would be working with so I don’t think there would be anything wrong with saying, ” it seemed like Mr. Soandso didn’t like me a whole lot. Will that be a problem?”

Pachy's avatar

Yes, often. I used his or her weaknesses to accentuate my own strengths and take control of the meeting. I did that by working extra hard to put the interviewer at ease and by volunteering as much info about myself and what I had learned beforehand about the company as I thought would impress him or her.

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