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ATH untangles the stress interview.
Date: December 12, 2001


I just wanted to drop you a line about your piece titled How to Beat The Stress Interview.

I unfortunately had the experience of facing several of these interviews back-to-back at several different companies. These were positions I thought I was more than perfectly suited for. I lost out because I handled these stress interviews poorly.

I was actually very young and not very worldly, and I took it all very, very personally. I had no idea companies conducted interviews like this. I guess I did not expect the unexpected. Had I read an article like yours prior to the interviews, looking back at it now I am confident I would have been offered these positions.

I do think stress interviews are brutally unfair and awkward to deal with, especially if the interviewer is a master at them. That makes for a very unfair playing ground.

I really like your suggestion of pushing back and saying right out, "I am not here to jump through your little hoops. I am here to help solve your company's problems and help improve your organization."

I just wanted to drop you a note thanking you for a good article.

Ryan Wilson
Finance Content Editor
CanWest Interactive



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