What can you do best if you notice during a job interview that the recruiters are much less clever and experienced than you?

I experienced this at my very first job interview after leaving HBO.

I am a software engineer.This is a profession in which you never get taught. There are always new things to learn, and the chance that you know everything within this field is very low.

When I entered the interview, several questions were asked about what kind of knowledge I have and what some of the terms looked at.At first I just thought that she was at the arrows or I was aware of the programming languages. But this thought is quickly raised.

She asked “Can you express in percentages how much you know in the area of C# and the .NET Framework?70%? Or 80% Enzo? “.

I was a bit overwhelmed by this question because I have a pretty good grip on the base.But that is why I also know that this question is impossible to answer. If I were to say that I would know 10%, that might be optimistic. Even now that I have almost 3 years of experience, I still wouldn’t dare say I know more than 10%. So wide is the box.

So I tried to explain this to her that I cannot give a percentage.

The discipline is terribly large and it is normal to work almost daily with unknown functions and principles.

But she kept trying.She kept trying to indicate a number here. It was clear to me that she tried to do this in order to be able to play it back to her customers.


I have stayed as polite as possible during the rest of the conversation and have done everything to answer all her questions as clearly as possible.I have received an offer in response to this conversation, but I have not gone into it. There were too many uncertainties for me. If they can actually put software engineers in the right place, they should do this together with people who understand the profession. If you understand a bit of what you need to ask for after several conversations, you probably can only do it again. But that certainly did not apply here.

I always apply to multiple companies at the same time.I don’t hide this from the company either. It is important that there is a click between me and the company. If the company does not understand me or the company does not understand my field, then this does not click.

In all the other interviews I’ve had, they knew what they were talking about.I don’t expect anyone from an HR department to know everything about software engineering, that doesn’t have to. If she has questions about something she doesn’t understand, then this is your chance to explain this person something about your profession. If they do understand it after your explanation, then this is your proof to the company you know your substance. But if they are going to ask questions that cannot be answered, and after explaining this, keep pushing for an answer, I am not served. Then I’ll look faster at other options.I have no problem recognizing that I don’t know everything, but if you keep asking, that doesn’t mean I’ll suddenly know.

If there are other professionals, they can quickly make it right.If they don’t, I’ll keep it fast. But whatever you do, always stay friendly and helpful.

That’s very simple…

Use your superior intellect to explain something very difficult in language that anyone can understand with the IQ of a handful of plankton.

A good recruiter sees that and agrees that too:

He has the contacts and network to introduce you to a party that suits you perfectly and pays a duly paid salary.He then spends time on you personally.

He does this well he/she deserves a very good sandwich to you. When I notice that they do everything programmatic I sometimes want to do the following:

Sorry I find this kind of conversation important: I would like to invite you to a cup of coffee in Rotterdam, or I would like to visit your office on that day.Does this arrange?

Often this separates the chaff from the corn.

Use your intelligence to explain something in simple language and play through their game, even though they play it badly.

Or in other words, let’s find that you’re smart, without letting them notice they aren’t.

How do you do it?You ask questions and submit the correct answer by means of suggestion in their mouths, which makes it seem like they have figured it out.

Most recruiters are very good at boxes thinking and filling holes.All you have to do is make them realise that you are that puzzle piece which fits in their puzzle. Even though they try to stop a square in a circle.

There’s nothing to let you notice of course, and play the game.It’s their game, whether they’re playing well or not.

Find a job other than where you are at that moment.Presumably your insight is not good enough and they have you more than you love.

In advance, you should at least be aware of the knowledge and skills that are important for the job you are applying for.So there should be no problem with giving answers. The mistake that many make is the focus of attention. You should consider that as an bijedility. And you do that by step for the conversation in the direction you want to send.

The art is to make the best possible assessment of the personality characteristics of the recruiter that is in front of you.Usually you can know a lot from someone’s attitude, attire, way of welcoming and the tone and tempo of his or her speaking. Note also small details: what kind of jewels does this person wear, there are visible foto芒 鈧劉 s from the Private 漏-life to see, there hangs a certain kind of art on the wall, etc, then you immediately know more about his life outside work.

Next, you will be able to process something as unobtrusively as possible in every answer that gives the recruiter the idea that you agree with his/her preferences.Note: You do not do this by saying that you are just the same person or have identical pursuits when it is not, because then you are guaranteed to fall through the basket. Choose something that fits as close as possible and of which you have some knowledge.

For example, when you, I say what, see a photo on which the recruiter plays guitar, do not say that you also do that when it is not. He/she only needs to ask what kind of guitar you have or what kind of strings you prefer and you hang.You play guitar, but you do not know much about it, even if you do not say it, because it only takes credibility. Better is: The good moment to wait and when it fits, to add an example to your answer as, 芒 鈧?艙also in my Private 漏 life I try to discover as many new things as possible. I was actually never really interested in music until my partner recently took me to a gig of friends of her in a pub near me. Then I was impressed and that has aroused my curiosity to find out more about this and discover what bands are especially me.

In This example, chances are that the recruiter will try to impress you by referring to his knowledge of music and you may be recommending some bands.Is it your estimation that the conversation is a lot more informative, you can e.g. Questions: 芒 鈧?艙would you find it appropriate that I note those names here? 芒 鈧?p>

Totally different example: when the recruiter is openly religious, e.g. Catholic.Then at no point do you go to faking the same faith, but in everything you say as subtle as possible to mention Christian values and if necessary faking that you think it is very important. And always give an example of what it should show. If the recruiter finally questions whether you may be faithful, then you answer truthfully: 芒 鈧?艙i have not been educated religiously, but I do think that nowadays there are often too few standards and values and I attach great importance to this. 芒 鈧?Lieg if necessary About a charity that can count on your contribution or something you bring your children into education. 芒 鈧?p>

It always comes down to giving answers that are almost impossible to control.

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