11 Pressure Cooker Interview Questions: Assessing Grace Under Fire

ONE OF THE MORE COMMON METHODS for measuring candidates’ abilities to land on their feet is to challenge their assumptions and beliefs during the interview. Stress interviews can intimidate candidates, squelch spontaneity, and consequently allow for little bonding and few shared insights. Asking a candidate, “Why shouldn’t I hire you?” “Why aren’t you making more money at this point in your career?” and “Why, with this résumé, would you see yourself as remotely qualified for this job?” only makes the person defensive and more inclined not to give you real answers. Besides, “if the interview seems like such a challenging obstacle, then imagine what the real job will be like!” goes ...

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