In addition to wanting to identify a candidate’s professional skills by means of an interview, it’s increasingly common for his or her social skills, flexibility, creativity and solidarity to be put to the test, depending on the company’s corporate values. After all, professionals’ personal characteristics are just as important as or even more important than their competencies.
With regard to the above, it’s increasingly common for interviewers to ask for examples of how candidates previously did their work, how they coped with a certain situation or how a lesson was learnt from a mistake, or to refer to situations that could arise during the new job and ask the applicants to outline how they’d resolve them.
What can happen during job interviews?
- If it isn’t conducted by means of a video call, the format that’s becoming the most common, you may be asked, for example, to describe, in five minutes, as many consequences of it raining upwards as you can. In this case they put your agility and ingenuity to the test.
- As soon as you arrive they ask you to sit down in what could be your workplace and ask you to do it. Or they put you to the test in a real situation to see if you can deal with it with ease.
- Somebody interrupts the interview with a surreal surprise. They’ll thus see how you react to unexpected situations.
- You find yourself playing a certain part in a role play with other candidates.
- They interview you during a casual meal.
- You undergo a neuro-technological test to see how your brain reacts to certain stimuli.
Tips for an alternative job interview
If you find yourself by surprise in an interview that goes beyond the usual patterns (or, even if it isn’t by surprise, many situations can make you feel less secure), look straight at the interviewer and think: What would I expect from myself if I were the interviewer for this company? This simple question will help you not to lose control and react professionally. It will also remind you that you’re at a job interview, so it isn’t a good idea to either lose your cool or overdo things.
Actually, the more experience you have in life, the easier it will be. Friendships, travel, culture… everything that provides experiences is increasingly essential for getting a good job.
And, of course, trying to find out how a candidate has managed to pass this kind of test and hear his or her tips for preparing a dynamic job interview.
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