Making strange requests
You come in for an interview for a manager position, but the recruiter gives you very strange requests like jumping out the window. This may sound crazy, but it’s a challenge that many employers use quite often. In this case, the employer wants to challenge your creative thinking.
According to experts, candidates can respond to an employer’s challenge with a win-win question: “What benefits would the company get if I jumped over it?”
Introduce the candidate to the team
Employers can give candidates the opportunity to socialize with potential colleagues right after the office interview or after hours. This is not only a polite act, but employers can also use this tip to see the attitudes and opinions of other employees on the team towards new people.
Deliberately making candidates wait
A challenging situation that employers can pose to candidates is to deliberately keep them waiting. For example, the recruiter asks you to interview at 9 am. You arrive at the office early, the recruiter is busy and tells you to wait 10 minutes, then another 10 minutes…
This psychological tip will help recruiters see if you’re the type to stay calm in stressful situations. Besides, your attitude while waiting also tells them how much they want that job position.
Pretend not to hear what the candidate said
For more advanced candidates more complex “shock” styles can be used. For example, when interviewing a candidate who is bragging about his achievements, the employer may pretend not to hear what he said or deliberately “frustrate” by repeating the sentence over and over again. : “I don’t understand what you are trying to say. Perhaps you have a problem with your wording. Would you mind trying to rephrase this, in a simpler language, please?”. Or you can suddenly make a comment, like: “So far, you have said a lot, very true. But this time, what you say is silly.” And try paraphrasing the candidate’s “silly” answer by pretending to interpret it in a different sense.
Suddenly speaking loudly
Suddenly speaking loudly, shouting, even using rude words is a way some recruiters use to challenge candidates. You will find the person standing opposite you difficult to understand, but actually this test helps employers put you in stressful situations to see your ability to withstand pressure.
According to the advice of experts, in the event that the employer suddenly speaks loudly or yells, the candidate should try to stay calm and answer the question as calmly as possible.
Ask questions about your personal life
Many hiring professionals like to ask questions about their former employer’s trade secrets, or their comments about their former employer. A girl who is currently working for a large trading company in the city recounts that, during the interview, people were asked insensitive questions: is her husband an alcoholic, has he ever beaten you haven’t, do you have a mistress… and a bunch of other questions about your private life.
Many other HR professionals also use blasphemies that are provocative, even insulting to candidates. A human resources expert, instead of informing the candidate that the interview was over, dropped a harsh sentence when he saw that the candidate seemed to be expecting something from the recruiter: “How? What more do you want? An attractive job offer?”
At this time, you must be very calm and smart to not fall into the trap of the recruiter.
Drop the pen on the floor
Another test that helps employers determine if a candidate is smart, good-natured or not is to pretend to drop a pen and see the candidate’s reaction.
If the candidate instinctively bends down to pick up the pen, they are more likely to pass the interview. If you let the recruiter pick up the pen on their own, you may lose points and reduce your chances of getting hired.
Asking innocuous questions
Many HR professionals have tried asking seemingly innocuous, unclear questions to see how candidates respond. A candidate who lacks judgment will start “replying” without clearly defining the objective of the question, because he wants to quickly fill in the gaps in the interview.
For the more experienced candidate, he will probably ask the employer to explain the question more clearly. This sign shows that the candidate is a thoughtful person before answering. Another effective way of interviewing is to intentionally create a period of silence to examine the candidate’s attitude.
Many candidates were uncomfortable, even unable to keep their composure when in this situation. Many candidates hastily responded, “I am here to listen to your question. And I’m listening to you ask.”
Invite candidates to drink coffee
The “cup of coffee” test is loved by many employers. At the beginning of the interview, the employer may take the candidate to the company’s kitchen and offer them coffee. After the interview, they will observe what the candidate does with the cup of coffee, where it is, on the table or goes to the kitchen to wash it.
Mr. Trent Innes, director of an accounting software company based in Australia, devised this test. The way a candidate behaves can show recruiters their adaptability, somewhat more authentic personality than what they say in the interview.
The candidate’s best course of action in this case is to go to the kitchen and wash his or her own cup.
Suddenly acting weird
Employers may ignore you, stare at a computer screen or answer the phone, leave the room in the middle of an interview, treating you as “invisible”. This challenge is given by the employer to see how the candidate regains the attention of the employer or what the candidate uses to get out of the situation.
The best you can do is to ask if the interviewer can reschedule the interview for another day.