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Prepping for interviews is never easy for job seekers; they dread saying the wrong things, and they try to avoid awkward situations at all costs. Recruiters on the other hand, are used to the interview process. Speaking to complete strangers is part of their job, yet you may be surprised to know that the interview process can be just as awkward for the recruiter as it is for the candidate. The following are a few things that may put the recruiter as unease:

Deciding On What To Wear

I’m sure you’ve spent a considerable amount of time the night before an interview trying to figure out what to wear. Just as you might want to create a good impression, recruiters are trying to do the same. Recruiters want to dress in a way that makes them seem more credible, and most importantly fit the company’s culture. They also try to represent the company as best as they can, so if you find them fidgeting in place or straightening out their outfit as you enter the interview room, it is only because they’re trying to look presentable and professional.

Conversation Starters

When you are scheduled in for an interview, you know you are up for some small talk. You begin to wonder if talking about the weather is going to be the conversation starter, and by being nervous for the interview itself, doesn’t make initiating the conversation any easier. But what if I told you that some recruiters find small talk before the interview just as awkward as you do? Recruiters want to make sure that the candidate is comfortable before the interview, so if they ask you how you are doing or make a random gesture, it’s only because they want you to feel relaxed. Small talk may not be obligatory, and some believe that it’s completely unnecessary and a waste of time. However, recruiters believe small talk will help job seekers loosen up and feel more at ease before the interview.

The Salary Conversation

At some point towards the end of the interview, questions or inquiries about the salary might spark up. The candidate may pop up the big question, or the recruiter might inform them of the designated salary. Either way, the conversation can be quite awkward for both. Candidates risk blowing off the interview by asking overly confident questions such as “What are you going to pay me?” although recruiters are well prepared for answering such questions, it doesn’t change the fact that it makes it an uncomfortable conversation.

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