7 Undercover Techniques Used in Job Interviews to Test Applicants

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On the surface, interviews are a vital part of the hiring process since they allow employers to learn more about you and your background. With only a few easy inquiries, hiring managers can learn a great deal about applicants. Although it could appear simple at first, this may involve covert checks to determine whether what you say is true or not.

1. There is a purpose behind the offer of a cup of coffee.

Employers are increasingly using the "coffee cup" test, in which the hiring manager takes the candidate to the kitchen and offers them a beverage to start the interview. When the interview is over, the employer will closely watch the candidate to see what he or she does with the cup: asks where to put it, puts it on the table, or cleans it up in the kitchen.

This tactic offers more insight about someone's personality and manners than their responses to questions. It can also demonstrate how well a candidate will integrate into a group. In this instance, stopping by the kitchen after the interview to scrub the mug yourself is the best course of action.

2. Your boss deliberately keeps you waiting a long time.

In contrast to this method, the coffee cup test is actually somewhat of a harmless one. This tactic can demonstrate a candidate's emotional stability in the face of pressure and, more broadly, how keen they are to land the job.

3. The interviewer yells out of nowhere.

Another way to simulate a difficult situation and push the candidate's nerves to the edge is to raise their voice, start shouting, or even swear. Experts advise remaining composed and giving thoughtful responses to inquiries.

4. Your future boss gives you some odd tasks (e.g. jumping out of the window)

A secret request that is outlandish, like jumping out the window, could provide the candidate with even another unpleasant surprise. In this instance, the company wishes to evaluate the applicant's capacity for creative problem-solving.

Climb up to the window and leap to the floor of the office where the interview is taking place to escape this predicament.

5. The employer conducts itself improperly.

The interviewer may neglect the applicant while fixating on the computer screen, or they may take a call in the middle of the interview and depart, leaving the applicant by themselves in the office.

This ruse can show how the candidate will draw attention to himself and how they will deal with this unexpected circumstance.

6. The candidate is presented to the team as a whole.

After the interview is over, it's likely that the employer would suggest to the applicant that they meet potential coworkers at work, elsewhere, or in a particular circumstance. The employer wants to learn how other employees feel about the candidate, so this is more than simply a pleasant gesture.

7. Intentionally leaving their pen on the floor, the interviewer.

In order to observe the applicant's response, the employer purposely drops his pen. Chances are he'll get the job if the applicant immediately squats down and picks it up. Unfortunately, it won't be if he lets the employer handle it alone.

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