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Interviewee Types Storyteller “You know, we’ve got a darn copier that always seems to jam at the worst time. I remember the last time it did that, I was…” He is just happy to have someone to talk with. Discusses minutiae in excruciating detail. Traffic jams, weather, and copier problems are perennial favorites. If the interviewer looks bored, he ignores it -- this is what they are paid to do, right? Plus, this story reminds him of another great story… Hospitable Host “Would you like more coffee? Do you like the company?” She’s more concerned about the well-being of her guests than she is about answering their questions. (Plus taking care of them makes her feel less nervous.) Asks the interviewer more questions than they ask her . Are they comfortable? Right temperature? Found her office okay? Chair height? Gossip “I’ve noticed that lazy Ed always…” He’s happy to be interviewed, but who wants to talk about boring information technology! Get on to the real dirt! He knows simply everybody and can fill the interviewer in on their opinions, political position and behavior. (Now his information may not be entirely correct, but…) 60
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Interviewee Types Axe-Grinder “You know, that reminds me of…” He has been politically slighted and now has an axe to grind. These interviewers are the perfect audience. He’s upset. Pushes his particular point hard. Tries twisting the questions around until they match the answer he wants to give. Frenetic “I really don’t have time for this…” She is tremendously busy, this is hardly the best time for an interview but she doesn’t want to disappoint the students who have schlepped here all the way from UMBC. Gives quick answers, doesn’t stop to think. Looks nervously at her watch and the remaining items on their clipboard. Taps her feet or leg nervously – maybe that will speed things up! Center of the Universe “You know, I implemented that…” He is the most important person in the office (if not the planet). He is the only one with the talent, brains and experience to be able to truly understand the system and use it correctly. If there has been success, he’ll take credit for it. If there have been problems, he is quick to blame someone else. Repeats important points to make sure the interviewers capture great quotes of his. 61
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Interviewee Types Bitterly Bitter “Everything is just awful…” Angst. For whatever reason (and he’ll elaborate at great length in the interview) he is upset with the world. He is underappreciated and underpaid. His life is miserable… complain! Conflict Avoidant “Everything is just perfect…” She’s as perky and upbeat as a morning talk show host. Always focuses on the positive aspects of any situation. There are no problems, ever! (At least that she’d be willing to discuss). Everything is wonderful, it always is!
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