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INTERVIEWS / FEB. 07, 2014
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The Oddest Interview Techniques

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1. Candidates Put on a Plane
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In order to gauge how potential leaders will perform under pressure in his organisation, Ara Ohanian, the founder of software company Certpoint Systems asked finalists competing for critical management roles to get on a plane and take an interview on board. Interviewees are asked to join Ohanian for a six-hour cross-country flight from New York to Los Angeles in the business class cabin of a crowded commercial airliner. The real challenge for candidates is to prove that they can endure the difficulties of being trapped in their air with crying babies and stomach-churning turbulence. Besides they need to cope with a series of hurdles – such as flight delays, cramped quarters, etc - in a less structured and demanding environment. According to Ohanian, he is more interested in learning about people’s behaviour. He particularly seeks to monitor characteristics such as humility, comfort in one’s own skin and empathy for, say an overextended restaurant server or a frazzled flight attendant. He argued that this interview tactic: “It gives me an indication of how they will be toward other members of their team. You’re forced to catch them off guard… Their dominant traits start showing”.

Gone are the days when recruiters and hiring managers were recruiting solely based on the interview process and the job applicant’s references.  Nowadays, a repertoire of thorough credit checks, background checks, skills test, personality tests and a tour of candidates’ social media profiles are only a few tactics hiring managers employ given that UK employers are increasingly facing the risk of jobseekers’ CV lies.  

On top of these steps, new and unusual hurdles are largely embraced by hiring managers to screen job applicants and select the best talent in the market.  This means that job interviewees should not expect commonplace questions such as ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ ‘What’s your strength?’ ‘What’s your weakness? Etc but far-fetched interview tactics far beyond applicants’ comfort zone.

Scroll through the slides to see five examples of the weirdest job screening techniques that hiring managers used... 

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