I used to fear interviews. Interviews gave me butterflies in the stomach when I was early in the workforce.
Once it was so bad that I had to excuse myself in the middle of an interview to go to the toilet, of course, I didn’t get the job because I was too nervous. As always, when it comes to something I fear or hate, my headstrong character will not give up that easily. I made myself go for interviews after interviews even when I had a stable job and was very happy in it.
Friends will ask me why I keep going for interviews and I’d reply that I want to know my marketability. In the end, I got so good at interviews that I can tell if I am going to get the offer (or not) before I even walk out the door.
Here are the type of interviews you will come across in your life:
The Intimating 1 on 1
This is the common one. They put you in a tiny room with another person. You’ll feel your personal space is encroaching. So much so that you can smell the breath from your interviewer. Ewww…
The Many vs 1
I had only two of such interviews in my life and I can tell you that it is intimidating, more so than the 1 on 1. Especially when there are like ten pairs of eyes staring down at you while you stammered your answers, quietly wiping your sweaty palms behind your back. Imagine if you will, a group of lions slowly creeping up on you – the prey.
This is the opposite of the above. Instead, there will be a group of 5 to 10 interviewees vs 1 or 2 interviewers. Usually, there will be a simple test of collaboration which is to see who will merge as a leader or how well the group can work as a team.
Instead of the boss or the hiring manager, you get the HR who knows nuts about the job scope except to read off the list and he or she can’t even tell you anything about the work schedule or your future in the company. She can only ramble about how great / wonderful / nice the company is.
Instead of an interview, you probably walked out of the meeting room, thinking it was a marketing ploy. The interviewer can’t stop boasting how great the company is and how blessed you will be if you get to be picked as one of the employees. Even if the compensation is mediocre.
Probably a noob interviewer. Sometimes it is the lack of questions. Sometimes it is the questions themselves that don’t make sense. What you never want is awkwardness in an interview – that is a sure failure.
Oh, I love this one! Usually, I have so much fun with the interviewer, I never want it to end. Usually, it is because the questions are easy and personal, more like the person genuinely want to know you as a person and not trying to fit you into the tick boxes of the job scope. I had an interview with a really nice hiring manager and we hit it off so much that our session drag on to two hours and a dinner after that! Of course, I got the job instantly.
This will make you sweat. I have had challenging interviews that I couldn’t figure out why and where their questions are directing at. It might be an EQ question or maybe an IQ one. Nevertheless, it is definitely not a Breeze interview and often I came out of it wondering if the questions have any right answers.
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