How do you deal with interviewers who speak fast and take over the interview a bit?

I had a very short and informal interview but I didn’t really feel that the interviewer gave me a chance to speak. I was trying to but they spoke most of the time and I tried to fit in what I prepared but it was difficult. I would have thought in most interviews they’d ask open questions which allow you to explain your skills but they asked more yes or no questions. How do you deal with these kinds of interviews?

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4 Responses to “How do you deal with interviewers who speak fast and take over the interview a bit?”

  1. DR + Mrs Bears face says:

    I would follow the lead of the interviewer.
    That is how you have to deal with the world.
    Customers and co workers have not all read the instructions so do not behave as you expect them to. Therefore you have to be flexible to deal with the situation at the time.

  2. Ms. E says:

    Ask yourself if you really want to work for such a twit!

    Really, I think it would be a bad sign for your future work experience there.

  3. Fairfax says:

    I agree with Ms E.
    Do you really want to work for a twerp like that?
    Basic rule of interviewing is to let the applicant do all the talking.

  4. monique says:

    The interviewers do own the interview in a way. All you can do is answer the questions they ask you. It could be considered actually good if they felt comfortable enough with you to engage more in conversation versus some interviewers who perhaps may put the interviewee in the hot seat. The only thing honestly I have ever worried about after an interview is whether they provide me a way to contact them with more questions and provide me a time-frame for when I should hear back. Keep in mind they read your resume and cover letter, hopefully……so they would have already known about your skills. Some interviewers when they interview are just wanting to get a sense of the personality type of the interviewee and how they will fit in with the organization……and they rely on the resume for learning about skills.

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