Stress interview

The stress interview is the worst part for someone who is looking for a job, because of the tense condition that he/she has to face. For this reason, many people prefer an interview by phone, so they can avoid many situations that can put them nervous, and even could be the detonating to get away and run as quick as possible from the interview's place.

Stress interview

The main purpose of these types of interviews is to stress the interviewee and see how he/she reacts. The interviewers are experts making the questions and creating a stressful environment through the entire interview.

This interviewing technique should be used when the work-environment is indeed stressing or hostile but the company should be very careful when applying this type of interviews because it can create a permanent hostile relationship between the candidate and the company or sometimes (if is applied incorrectly) can make that excellent prospects with a brilliant resume just refuse the job vacancy.

There are many ways to achieve this:

  • A one to one interview is perhaps the most used method. An interviewer creates a hostile atmosphere by not showing any interest towards the interviewee answers, not trusting in some answers given, suddenly leaving the office or picking up the phone in the middle of a conversation, not looking at the candidate or asking questions in a sarcastic or challenging way. The main idea is to check on the interviewee`s response, if he/she goes emotional.
  • Many interviewers can interview every candidate one by one or all at the same time; this is other way to create stress, by constantly intimidating the applicant and, again, checking on his/her response.
  • A presentation in front of both staff member and other candidates is valid to create a stressful environment.
  • Even when the interviewer asks punctual questions, like:
    • What are your salary pretentions?
    • How was your last boss?
    • Why did you decided to quit your previous job?

These types of interviews and questions are designed to evaluate about your analytical and problem-solving skills or how you respond under severe tension, how fast your answers are, and if you respond with the appropriate answers. All these are being evaluated for the interviewers and the interviewee should be astute to know it and give quick answers without hesitations.

When the interviewee is called for the interview, it's important that he/she read important details about the company like the type of business, the tasks involving of the applied job. On the other hand, it's recommended that interviewee practice making her/himself all the typical questions, just so, she/he can improve the way how to answer, some behaviors that look bad in an interview, and several other things that the interviewee can correct along of practice, it's advisable to practice with a friend or someone that is impartial.

Tips to face a stress interview

  • Breathe deep between each answer, without arousing suspicion. It will help you to give clear answers.
  • Do not speak softly, raise your voice and leave it in a medium tone.
  • Never look down, always look at the interviewer's eyes.
  • Do not hesitate in your responses.
  • Never have the phone turned on, turn it off whenever you are in an interview.
  • Be slow in your responses.
  • Always be honest, this attitude will help you to avoid getting nervous.

If you are a nervous person, the above tips will help you to improve your interviews, and give you the safety that you need when you have to respond or describe some specific themes, so, you can say "bye stress interview"; and with the practice you can become expert in this type of interview and that many people dislike.

Tips for Interviewers

  • Make the candidate unnecessarily wait for the interview to start.
  • Make the candidate hurry for the interview.
  • Be argumentative or a little rude towards the candidate.
  • Be sarcastic or arrogant.
  • Be negative by telling the prospect you think he/she may not be the person who the company is looking for.
  • Check for over reactions on the interviewee side.
  • Check how calm the interviewee can remain.
  • Check if the candidate gives different answers if you ask him/her the same question many times.
  • Check for the candidateĀ“s body language.
  • Remember that in a Stress Interview the most important thing is the reaction, not the answer!

In other types of interviews, the interviewers should try to be friendly to create a good atmosphere in the interview. Just so, the interviewees will come into confidence and will be more relaxed to respond. The truth is, the interviewee should be prepared for all types of interviews.