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View Poll Results: Stress Interviews are:
Great because you can see the true character of the individual. 4 10.26%
Good for only a small part of the interview. The rest of the interview should be normal. 6 15.38%
Distracting and unhelpful in assessing candidates. 12 30.77%
BS because stress interview can easily be percieved as harassment, abuse, unethical, or unprofessional work culture. 15 38.46%
Neutral. 4 10.26%
Great. I like to be treated roughly at job interviews. I like the challenge. 3 7.69%
Confusing. It makes me confused and anxious as to whether I want to work there. 7 17.95%
Angry. It makes me very angry and I will say negative comments about the company. 5 12.82%
Other comments 1 2.56%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-12-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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On wikipedia it talks about stress interviews where the interviewer is intentionally rude and challenging throughout your session to test your stress and how you handle it. View the website, discuss, and fill out the poll. You may vote for more than one option.

"For example, the interviewer may not make eye contact, may roll his eyes or sigh at the candidate's answers, interrupt, turn his back, take phone calls during the interview, or ask questions in a demeaning or challenging style. The goal is to assess how the interviewee handles pressure or to purposely evoke emotional responses." - Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

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Old 08-12-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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I am going to say "neutral."

I guess I can *see* the point, but honestly I would immediately make a decision that this is NOT the place for me. So in effect, I think the stress interview without a purpose other than to see how I react would backfire.

Now, I am in full support of if they want to give me a business problem to work through-- I would more than happily participate. That is a USEFUL stress. Being rude to me would make me walk out the door, politely of course.. hehehe.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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Thank you lovetheduns,

It sounds like solving a work problem would be okay with you. Your opinion is very important.

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I am going to say "neutral."

I guess I can *see* the point, but honestly I would immediately make a decision that this is NOT the place for me. So in effect, I think the stress interview without a purpose other than to see how I react would backfire.

Now, I am in full support of if they want to give me a business problem to work through-- I would more than happily participate. That is a USEFUL stress. Being rude to me would make me walk out the door, politely of course.. hehehe.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:04 PM
 
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I've gone on many interviews like this, but never allow them to get inside my head since I know it's all bull. Just remember that it's only an interview. It's nothing personal. The worst that could happen is that you don't get the job, or maybe would not even accept it if offered. The best way to beat them at this game is not to know your stuff, and don't let them evoke a negative reaction from you no matter how irritating it becomes. Never show them that you're desperate or willing to take just anything. Show no weakness. Once it's over, you can decide for yourself what to think of the employer, and if you're interested in being there should they be interested in you.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:08 PM
 
Location: New York City via Austin via Chicago
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I've been on only one earlier this summer and I failed miserably. Hope to keep my nerves in check next time.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:18 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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I had a group interview once with just the office staff....must have been 10 of 'em....


An engineer familiar with the company I was currently working for sez:

"Why in the (#%$ don't you do acid etch testing on your cutting tools"?

I explained poltely that it's a destructive test and that's just not economical.

&*%$$# %^&&%

He replied.

I didn't get the job.

I guess I should have sworn more.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:29 AM
 
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Stress testing is most commonly done--and very useful--for executive level positions. They want to see how you will handle various situations, because they eyes of the shareholders and the entire eployee population will be on you when the going gets tough.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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Are their any other comments. I personally think stress testing is bad.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I voted only for a small part. Remember the candidate is also evaluating the company. If you are an ahole during the whole process what kind of impression does that leave with a prospective candidate. Not very good...and bad news spreads much faster than good news.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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I think it's also useful in certain very high stress jobs like stock broker/trader, some sales positions, and certain emergency services positions such as police officers and 9-1-1 operators.

It shouldn't be the entire interview, but it's definitely a useful tool to see how well a candidate can keep their cool under a high pressure situation.

I don't think it's at all appropriate for most entry level type positions, working at McDonalds, working in a fairly low stress office job, etc.
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