Knowing The Mind Games Some Interviewers Like To Use

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Knowing The Mind Games Some Interviewers Like To Use

Building your confidence before going to a job interview is necessary not only in order to be able to answer to questions about your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t expect the usual questions all the time; some recruiters prefer using mind games in order to test you. Many of us have been subjected to such games, but, the more you are aware of them before going to the interview, the easier you can withstand them. Here is what you can expect at your next job interview:

  • Being judged by the pronouns you use. People who first person pronouns are seen as high performers. Those who use the second person, both singular and plural, are perceived as low performers, and so are those who prefer using the third person.
  • The verb tenses you use may also suggest something about you. High performers use the past tense, as in “When I had a difficult customer, I explained him…”, while low performers use the present or future tense. Low performers are more likely to use the conditional mood, as in “If I had a difficult customer, I would…”.
  • Other signs of insecurity are adverbs such as “always” and “never”, which suggest that you are not sure of your abilities. High performers are considered to give straightforward, factual answers instead of using qualifiers to hide their hesitations.
  • Being asked to describe a difficult situation you dealt with in the past. If you just talk about the situation, you are regarded as a problem bringer, while, if you also give details on how you solved it, you are considered a problem solver.
  • Pausing and creating an awkward silence to make you crack and reveal something you may want to hide.
  • Asking you the name of your previous boss. When asked the name of their previous supervisor, most candidates are left with the impression that the recruiter will contact him or her. This can make them feel more stressed and more alert and they are more likely to say the truth.
  • Asking you to perform an arithmetic test to see how accurate you are under pressure, such as “How much is 123 x 14?”.

So…are you feeling prepared for your next job interview?