Nor are they confined only to the psychopathic bully whose path you may have had the misfortune to cross.
Where a job involves handling pressure, conflict or dealing with difficult people, then the “stress interview” can be a very immediate way of checking if the candidate is likely to cope in the job.
Sometimes, even the most successful applicants will turn down an offer on account of the nature of the interview alone.
“I think I can do a really good job for you, however, if you don’t, then we may need to agree to disagree”.
If you feel that the interview is unworkable, then remember you are perfectly entitled to leave and bring the interview to a close at any time End Positively: Show your resilience by managing an upbeat ending e.g.
“Well it’s been an incredibly tough interview, but I know that I can do a great job for you given the opportunity” Decide: The advantage of this type of interview is that it usually gives an accurate picture of what it is like to work in the role and for that manager.
Always practice your answers out loud so you can express this clearly and confidently on the day Depersonalise: The interviewer is trying to see if you will stay calm under pressure or “lose it”.
So treat this is as a game, where you win if you can retain your self-control despite provocation and dirty tactics from your opponent Body Language: The interview may use poor eye-contact, fidgeting, arms folded etc are.