Even the most well-prepared candidates face unexpected hurdles when interviewing for a new job. The savvy candidate, an unforeseen interview challenge can be a great opportunity to show a company your ability to navigate any situation gracefully.
“Think about the process from the company’s point of view,” she told. “Hiring the right person is incredibly hard, which is why companies try to get beyond the standard Q&A by using all sorts of ‘techniques.’”
Welch says there are three common traps every job seeker should know how to find their way out of:
1. The long wait
Some employers will intentionally test your patience and emotions before the interview even begins by having you wait in the lobby for an unexpected period of time.
“The intent is twofold,” she says. “They want to see how you handle anxiety. Stay calm.” The other objective, says Welch, may be less obvious: “They want to see how you treat the receptionist.”
Remember, your interview begins as soon as you arrive. Greet the receptionist with a warm, polite introduction and a smile, just as you would the hiring manager.