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During the course of your career, you may be subjected to many interviews.
The purpose of an interview is to get acquainted and to learn about one another. For employers, itís a time for them to evaluate your qualifications for the job and you help them with this evaluation by being prepared to sell your skills and experience.
Apart from common job interviews like the first round telephone interviews, behavioral interviews and technical interviews, stress interviews are gaining in popularity.
What is stress interview, you may wonder?
Basically, the whole purpose of a stress interview is where the interviewer will try to put you under pressure (or make you uncomfortable) and see how you react to it. Itís a test to see if you could still think logically under such stressful circumstances.
The interviewer may try to stress you in one of
several ways, such as asking four or five questions in a row, acting rude or
sarcastic, disagreeing with you, or simply keeping you waiting for a long
Here are some useful tips on how to handle stress interviews:
Tips No. 1:
Always keep yourself cool and composed throughout these stressful interviews. Try to control your anger. Pause and take a few deep breaths while you think of an appropriate response.
Tips No. 2:
Do not try to make an issue of the questions
(even though they may be irrelevant and discriminatory). Make your answers
concise and non-specific:
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