“On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer”

TRAPS:  Give a perfect “10,” and you’ll seem too easy to please.  Give anything less than a perfect 10, and he could press you as to where you’re being critical, and that road leads downhill for you.

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BEST ANSWER:  Once again, never be negative.  The interviewer will only resent criticism coming from you.  This is the time to show your positivism.

However, don’t give a numerical rating. Simply praise whatever interview style he’s been using.

If he’s been tough, say “You have been thorough and tough-minded, the very qualities needed to conduct a good interview.”

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If he’s been methodical, say, “You have been very methodical and analytical, and I’m sure that approach results in excellent hires for your firm.”

In other words, pay him a sincere compliment that he can believe because it’s anchored in the behavior you’ve just seen.

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