A reader writes:
So, I had a second-round interview this morning with the finance director (the hiring manager’s manager) of a multinational company. I have a pretty dynamic and open personality and I think this came through during the interview, especially since we had a rather free-flowing, back-and-forth type interview and I felt that we had rapport. Anyway, towards the end of the meeting, the director asked me, “How would you rate your interview on a scale of 1 to 10?”
I’ve never been asked this question before, and that threw me a little. I answered that I thought it was for him to rate me instead, and I tried to turn the question back to him. He declined to answer saying no, no, he’s the one asking the question, and when he pressed, I told him I thought my interview was not perfect, but certainly not the worst.
After we’d wrapped up and he was seeing me out, I mentioned that I would be really interested to know his answer. He laughed and said then that I should call him.
What are your thoughts on this? Should I be reading any significance into it, and did I shoot myself in the foot with my answer? In this case, I thought the interview was overall quite good even if I know I could have worded some answers much better. But I was hesitant to say “7” because I didn’t know how it would be interpreted.
Should I really call/email him to get his interview rating? I do not have any of his contact information and would have to call HR in order to obtain it.
Your interviewer was an ass.
It wouldn’t have been unreasonable for him to ask you for your thoughts on the job and your fit for it at the end of the conversation, based on the new information you’d learned. But asking you to numerically rate the interview itself serves no purpose, other than to illustrate that he has no idea how to interview and is probably a bit of a buffoon.
Don’t contact him to “get his interview rating.” If you want the job, you can certainly follow up with him or the hiring manager to reiterate your interest and ask about the timeline for next steps, but don’t revive this ridiculous rating game.