What should I do if the interviewer is not more knowledgeable than me, but rejects me saying I am not strong in certain subjects?

  • Could you clarify all the negatives? Are you saying a less knowledgeable person thinks you are better than you say you are? – user8365 Jul 2 '14 at 18:08
  • Do you understand what the interviewer means by strong? If you come across as a know it all that doesn't listen well, then your soft skills could use some work. – JB King Jul 2 '14 at 18:13
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    What should you do? Work on the subjects he says you are not strong in and move on to the next interview. – jmorc Jul 2 '14 at 18:22
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    Hey @user22748, thanks for your post. Do you think you might be able to flesh the question out a little bit more, with better detail? It'll make it easier to craft a useful response. Thanks!! – StackExchange What The Heck Jul 2 '14 at 19:33
  • The interviewer asked me certain very simple questions and I answered them correctly, But the interviewer instated that there is another correct answer, I searched in the internet after the interview is over, but couldn't find any answer that he may have expected. – user22748 Jul 3 '14 at 0:00

There are two options here:

Check your ego

Consider the possibility that you are not as strong as you think. The interviewer might be right.

Consider that you didn't explain what you knew better than interviewer well enough - what good is more knowledge if you are not able to convey it?

Be happy you dodged a bullet

Would you really want to work for someone who is less knowledgeable and does not want to acknowledge it? You might be right.

In addition: During Interview

If you question is about how to handle it in the middle of the interview, definitely work on your communication skills. You don't want to tell someone they are wrong, or not knowledgeable, but if you feel they don't understand what you are talking about, try to go back a bit and explain why your answers are the way they are, show your knowledge as an opportunity to share, rather than to triumph.


Ask - POLITELY - for clarification once: did you answer some things incorrectly, or not completely? If they say "not completely" ask if they would be open to further discussions, so that you might better demonstrate what you do know.

But if they do not respond, or say that they don't want to discuss it further - RESPECT THAT. Say "thank you for your time", and move on.

(It is possible for interviewers to be less knowledgeable about a certain skill, than the person they interview. However, it is also possible that even if they lack tech savvy, they know how to evaluate your fit for a given position/situation/team's needs. No one gets points for insisting that they're the smartest mammal in the room.)

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