Interviews can be weird and awkward – and they’re getting even weirder. These days, employers are pulling all kinds of tricks to see what kind of person you really are. They know in a normal interview, you’re trying to impress. What happens when your guard is down? Here’s how to react in some unusual interview situations, courtesy of Money magazine.
- Let’s say you’re in the middle of a meeting when the interviewer spills coffee on himself – or falls out of his chair. What do you do? Well, consider this. How you react gives the interviewer insight into how you’ll be to work with. Did you ask if they were alright? Did you help them up? Did you grab a wet-wipe out of your purse? Do any of those and you’ll probably get hired, because you’re obviously a team player who jumps in when there’s a crisis. Sit in your chair and act like nothing’s happening – expect to be looking through the want ads again.
- Let’s say on the way to the interview, you cut someone off to get a good parking space – only to discover they’re the person interviewing you. How do you handle it? Bring it up first! Shrug and say, “I’m really sorry about cutting you off. Can we count it as evidence that I’m a go-getter?” Or say you were so eager to get there on time that your courtesy took a back seat.
- Final interview scenario – you’re asked about your age or your kids. Well, most interviewers know it’s illegal to ask age, nationality, marital status, or religion. Don’t get all self righteous if they do ask. Side-step it by getting to the real heart of the matter. Someone who asks your age may wonder if you’re mature enough to handle the job – or – past your prime. Simply say, “I’m old enough to have the experience that makes me perfect for this job.” If they’re worried about your kids say, “I love my family but I keep my work and my home life separate.” Case closed.