In the last post, we looked at the most common stress interview techniques used by companies that still use stress interviews to test applicants. Clearly there are a lot of strategies that interviewers can use to put pressure on the candidate and increase their chances of failing. Today we will look at some of the best ways to beat the stress interview.
It’s Not You, It’s Them
The most important thing to remember at your stress interview is that there is nothing wrong with you, your answers, or your candidacy. Nothing. Even if the interviewer calls you a terrible applicant, they do not actually think you are a terrible applicant. At least not yet.
The goal of the stress interview is specifically to stress you out. That is its primary and only purpose. You MUST remember this throughout your interview. Even if your interviewer says to your face that you are not getting the job because you are a bad applicant, that does NOT mean that you are a bad applicant, or that you are not getting the job. It is all one big, annoying test to see how well you handle that level of pressure.
It is vital that you keep that in mind throughout your stress interview. Do not let the interviewer cause you to doubt yourself, because the interviewer does not doubt you. They are simply testing your ability to handle the stress of being told you are a bad applicant.
5 Tips for Stress Interview Success
- Remain Confident and Smile
The best way to show the interviewer you can handle the pressure is by handling the pressure. Smile, remain confident, and don’t let yourself get overcome by emotion or frustration. Depending on the degree of stress, the interviewer may cause you to want to cry, but you should not let the interviewer affect you, because the interviewer is testing you on whether you are affected.
- Put Thought into Challenge Questions
If you are asked some random, strange question like “If you were a tie, what would your pattern be?” the best way to succeed is to treat the question seriously and put thought into your answer. The interviewer does not care what kind of tie you would be. They do care that you are able to clearly and easily give them an answer.
- Don’t Get Snappy
If the interviewer keeps interrupting you, do not act bitter. Do not say “Well, if you would let me finish, I could give you an answer.” They know they are interrupting you and are doing it specifically to see how frustrated you get. Don’t get frustrated.
- You Don’t Suck (probably)
If an interviewer tells you that you are a bad applicant, don’t get discouraged or argue or sound defeated. Say something like “I’m fairly confident I am right for the role, so let’s finish the interview anyway and reconvene at the end.”
- Don’t Change Your Good Answers
When you answer a question and the interviewer uses the “Are you sure that’s your answer?” technique, the best thing to do is be confident. “Absolutely!” you can say. The worst thing you can do is try to give a totally different answer to “salvage” a question that you did not answer incorrectly in the first place. Remain confident, smile, and do not sound defensive.
The most important thing to remember is that you have done nothing wrong, and the interviewer may think you are an excellent candidate. Even if they think you are an excellent candidate, they are still going to treat you like crap at a stress interview to see how you do. Keep telling yourself: It has nothing to do with your candidacy. It has nothing to do with your candidacy. It has nothing to do with your candidacy.
In the next post, we will share our final thoughts on stress interviews as a technique and strategy for employers.
Take Away Interview Tips
- You will be treated poorly even if you are the best candidate.
- Remember that when you go to your interview.