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How to Handle an Unprofessional Interviewer

Let’s face it — when it comes to interviewing you likely have your game face on. Suit is pressed, porfolio in hand and hard copies of your revamped resume, you’re ready to rock.

But what happens when you’re on the interview itself and realize the interviewer is — how shall we say this — less than professional? According to a piece in today’s New York Post, one job seeker heard an interviewer drop the F bomb! The candidate was appalled and no longer interested in the job or company for that matter.

As for how to handle the situation in that very moment when you may be taken off guard, Gregory Giangrande, reminds job seekers to take it in stride. Yes, it’s normal to be surprised by it but don’t necessarily abandon the opportunity due to one crass-mouthed interviewer. He writes,

“Listen, the question of if, when and how to add colorful language at work depends on so many flippin’ variables, including company culture, your relationship to those within earshot and context. (As you can see, I’m particularly good at this). But salty language should never be used during a job interview (by either party!). So I think you’re right to be surprised, but I wouldn’t abandon an opportunity just because of it.”

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