INTERVIEWS / JAN. 12, 2016
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3 Reasons Why a Tough Interview is Better

If you are looking for a job, you have probably met them already. I am talking about the type of employers who prefer to give you hell than give you a job. From what I have heard, these guys are the most difficult-to-impress in the market, but you need to put up with them anyway. These people may come from companies across many industries, and they see it as their life purpose to make job interviews a torture for the many unsuspected candidates…

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It is no secret that the recruiting process has changed over the years and big employers like Google are using challenging interviews to pick out the right candidates. Some of them don’t stop at the Rubik’s cube problem, but also give candidates other types of brain teasers, business problems, difficult behavioral questions, presentations and writing or coding tests just to see how they will perform.

While this is discouraging news, a study from Glassdoor Economic Research shows that you shouldn’t be afraid of tough interviews. In fact quite the opposite, you should actively pursue them. Research findings show that tougher interviewers lead to happier employees, and a 10 percent harder job interview is associated with 2.6 percent higher job satisfaction in the long run. This means that if you manage to get past a tough interview, you are more likely to be happy in your new job.

Don’t believe me? Check out the facts:

1. One Man, One Job

Employers are using the job-matching technique to track down the best candidates. They evaluate you in terms of your skills, personality and experience through the difficult tasks assigned to you during the job interview. In many cases, they are not interested in your performance, and testing your abilities isn’t their ultimate goal. What they are looking for is the perfect fit. They are after the one candidate who fits the description of the job and will most easily become part of their team. So, the trickier the interview gets, the pickier employers become in terms of cultural fit, but in the end it pays off.

2. The Bigger Picture

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When employers are trying to make the interview a living nightmare for you there must be a reason. If you take a step back, you will get to see the bigger picture that can help you understand why tough interviews are good after all. Difficult interviews give you the opportunity to assess the employer and as such get a better idea of what the job involves. This way not only do employers know exactly what they are looking for in their employees but you do too, and you choose whether or not you will settle for anything that doesn’t meet your requirements.

3. After the Rain, Comes the Rainbow

If an application process is difficult, it usually means that the open position is extremely important and needs to be filled by someone who has the necessary skills and experience to excel in it. So if you find that there many things you need to do for the job e.g. steps you need to take or tasks to complete, it is a good sign that the job is not only demanding but is also highly rewarding.   

You shouldn’t think of tough interviews as a bad experience. In fact, there is no such thing as bad experience as far as interviews are concerned. Failing at a job interview for any reason nearly always teaches you something, and that is how you improve.

Job interviews have become more difficult and demanding, but this shouldn’t scare you. If you make sure you prepare yourself for the interview, then you are in for the win.

Have you ever been through a tough interview? How did it go? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below…

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