Secret interview techniques [what they dont want you to know]

Disclaimer: this personal blog is full of unsupported claims and spelling errors and as such should not be taken as fact, by anyone, ever.

If you took my advice from my blog on making money and used glassdoor to find an appropriate company then you should now have an interview lined up. (good work, getting the interview is the first, and one of the hardest hurdles!) If you aren’t even slightly anxious over the outcome, then you probably have never had an interview before or are unaware of how these things go down. Let me walk you through it.

Step 1: the night before your interview make some preparations on how to get there on time, maybe do some research on the company and find out its difficult to find any real information on the company anyway.

Step 2: get up either way too early or a little too late, get lost on the way to the companies worksite, start sweating too much. When you finally get inside, get told to sit and wait for about half an hour until you get dragged through the entire office and sat down while someone important quickly skips over your CV.

Step 3: get asked a question that should be easy to answer but makes you sit there in silence for 5 minutes as you search your soul for something that isn’t just disappointing. You know at this point that you are not suited for this job and you are just wasting this extremely important persons’ time.

Step 4: never hear from these people again, despite how you feel the interview went.

crying
– me, after every interview, except I can’t afford such an expensive bottle

The reason this keeps happening to me, and possibly you, is with step 1. There needs to be much more preparation than that. It also helps to go for jobs that require skills that you actually have. So put more time and effort into your interview prep, like finding out what the company produces, what your job will consist of and any questions you have relating to that (other than how much will you be paid, or how often you will get a smoko) and, of course, ensure you get there on time fresh and smelling like daisies. At least have a shower with soap, not a deodorant shower.

Make sure you do well in the ‘phone call’. This is usually just the first point of contact, where an employer will be setting up an actual interview with you. You may be asked about your employment history, and ask about yourself. This is usually kept as informal as possible, and they will try to find out how ‘in-demand’ you are. An issue I have with these is that they may get sprung on me at any time, whether I am prepared or not. Was I sure to get a good sleep in the night before, so I sound coherent? doesn’t matter, the trick here is to practice the common questions you may have to answer.

Here is a website full of common interview questions.

Now, on to the important part: the secret interview questions you will most likely never have used on you unless you go for a job at EA or Microsoft, for example, If you were a part in a car, which part would you be and why? Questions like these are set up to find out more about your personality, to help work out where you will fit into larger teams and to help avoid clashes in the workplace.

Here is a video about the experience and meaning of these secret questions:

You will most likely never come across these, as there is a huge workload behind the psychology of each question. This means that only very large companies can afford to draw any useful meaning out of your answers. The best way to handle these questions is to treat them as a problem: how do you answer in a way that paints you as a person who works really hard and is worth the time and money the company will invest in you, without being obvious about it?S4MYFQO

Here is some simple material on the most common questions to use as a starting point. If you practice, then you won’t be anywhere near as worried, and you will find the answers will come to you much easier. This, of course, can be applied to all sections of every job you apply for and surprisingly enough the answer is always practice. If you can get tips from anyone successful that helps too.

Further reading:

Advantages and Disadvantages of Four Interview Techniques in Qualitative Research | Opdenakker | Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. (n.d.). Retrieved June 30, 2015.
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