Week 4 — Secret Interview Techniques

Interview’s, they are a pretty stressful thing. But it’s something everyone has to deal with. They come in different forms and with that come with different levels of stress, almost like the difficulty of a game increasing the more involved you have to be. You could have a skype interview, an over the phone interview (though that’s usually only step 1), or an in person interview. I myself have only ever had an over the phone interview and in person interview, and I can say without a doubt that the latter was much more stressful. There’s no feeling quite like lining up with strangers in hopes that you can beat them in some contest and then someone will be willing to give you money for your time. It’s a strange uncomfortable competition, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

“Besides getting several paper cuts in the same day or receiving the news that someone in your family has betrayed you to your enemies, one of the most unpleasant experiences in life is a job interview.” 
Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
(Portellas, 2013)

In my times having interviews I’ve experienced both casual and form interviews. But I’ve never really had any ‘curve balls’ thrown my way. And that’s what I’ve mainly taken away from this lecture. I found it really interesting and almost frightening the way interviewers will use certain questions to catch you off guard, well not really to catch you off guard more to judge your character. ‘if i asked you what you had in your fridge right now what would you say?’ That’s not really something I would expect to hear in an interview. But I can see how it would be related. It shines a light on some true aspect of the interviewee’s personality and I think this is something important for everyone to understand and practice. It’s not about having the ‘correct’ answer to these kinds of questions. It’s about being the correct person so that your answers are both truthful and correct. If you would naturally answer that with a six pack of beer, cold pizza, and a heck of a lot of condiments then that shows that you DON’T really have the correct lifestyle, it shows that you probably have poor time management so you don’t cook, it may give the impression you’re lazy and you probably don’t care much for your health either.

The thing is if you want to succeed in an interview its more than just having the right answers, it’s about being the right person. To get that perfect job, it’s what we all want. We all want to be able to live life how we want to live it and the only way to get there is to work hard on yourself more than it is to appear right to others. Hard work and good work will be seen through you, and you’ll no doubt feel much better about what you’ve achieved too.

(nineimages, 2012)


Snicket, L. (2016). Quotes about job interviews (24 quotes). Retrieved July 8, 2016, from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/job-interviews

nineimages. (2012). Saying quotes: Work hard and he proud of what you achieve. Retrieved July 6, 2016, from http://sayingquotes.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/work-hard-and-he-proud-of-what-you-achieve.html

Portellas, R. (2013, August 28). The revenge of the nerves. Retrieved July 6, 2016, from http://www.dav.co.za/blog/2013/08/28/the-revenge-of-the-nerves/

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