07/29/2005: Jobs Interviews I can Say "NO" to:
Never had an Interview quite like this one:
`Stress' job interview a signal to look elsewhere by Carol Kleiman (Chicago Tribune):
"Stress interviews: Many managers and hiring officers in the human resources profession think that keeping job applicants "off balance" and on the defensive by asking somewhat obnoxious questions is the best strategy to find out exactly what the job seeker is "made of." And they also are convinced it's a good way to observe how candidates think and react with no time to prepare.
But "stress" interviewing is not popular with job seekers, who think it's unfair. Job applicants complain to me about being asked if they had a happy childhood, how do they react to authority, what they would do if they found one of their colleagues was spreading ugly rumors about them and what animal would they like to be?
And that's just for openers.
"The great U.S. Navy admiral Hyman Rickover is said to have sawed off chair legs just to see how candidates reacted when the chair collapsed under them. Another interviewer told me he required candidates to tie their shoes in front of him because he believed their tying technique revealed great insight into their potential.
And while the executive recruiter urges employers not to use "stealth" questions in interviews but to use professional assessment firms instead, he also advises job applicants to "think twice about working for a company that would encourage such a counterproductive interviewing technique."
In other words, don't take the abuse...."
Karen on 07.29.05 @ 06:56 AM CST