The Job Interview
A necessary evil. Applicants hate it because they only have
limited time to sell themselves. Employers hate it because it is
artificial and often the best interviewee isn’t often the best person
for the job. The interview is a dreadful way to select an employee
because either they have to face the unexpected or the person excels at
a standard interview. Different interview formats and interviews
conducted in open areas with distractions heighten the madness.
One on One
The typical cookie cutter interview is the format with the least amount
of surprises. Very little is to fear in this interview. The interview
consists of mostly standard questions.
Why do want this job?
What are your weaknesses?
When stranded on a alien planet which unconventional weapon would you
to use against space mutants?
This interview is more like a regular conversation and
sometimes if the applicant is relaxed they may release information that
will eliminate them from the competition. Often there are a few
difficult questions but nothing severe compared to the other formats.
Two on One
Two interviewers and one applicant adds to the stress. Not only there
are two people too impress, but one person is overtly friendly and the
other is overtly aggressive. Regardless of how the interview is planned
out, one person is the good cop and other is the bad cop. The bad cop
is the aggressive interviewer who will highlight your flaws. The good
cop is the one to actually fear. That interviewer will comfort you and
exploit your weaknesses.
Three on One
The 3-interviewer format is eerily similar to the 2 on 1 interview;
except there is a silent 3rd person in the room. The good cop and bad
cop are asking the questions and the silent person (person who is
actually making the hiring decision) is just sitting there.
Automatically a difficult situation is created when you are forced to
answer questions from subordinates while the person in charges just
watches. When answering questions you also have to divide your face
time with the questioners and glance every so often at the silent
person who actually has the power. Why aren’t they asking any
questions? Why is that person just sitting there, watching me? Under
this format the applicant has no choice but to answer the questions
from two people and at the same time stay cool while someone just
watches with a dead expression on their face.
If a company needs more than three people to interview you- it proves
the company is in a mess. If three or less people are not capable of
interviewing one person the company’s job roles are cluttered and if
you get the job you won’t even know which one is actually your boss.
When the interview room is that crowded it proves to the applicant that
management is insecure and wastes several people’s to make a hiring
decision. The best solution for the application if faced with this
interview is to run away.
Nut Free Nation
Updated: September 6, 2010
Created: April 10, 2007