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  • Rahul Guha

#3 success strategies to handle stress interviews & emerge as a winner

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

Presently almost 90% of interviews are happening virtually. The interviewer could only see your face and it is difficult to judge your body language. Earlier in face2face round, one could easily map from physical gestures the stress level & reaction to uncomfortable questions.

In my career as an HR leader with corporates, I have taken many interviews. Most interviewers use stress techniques to assess the mental ability of the candidates to deliver under pressure.

Working from remote locations is not easy, more so, managing a large team where stress may work as a deterrent to delivering quality on schedule. Hence, the ability to keep the mind tranquil while dealing with an unfavorable situation has emerged as a no-compromising trait of a leader in line.

It is no more a fad to talk about work-life balance. All of us consciously tried handling work and life at the same time, however, work always took away the gleam. Life became a second priority. The adoption of virtual offices made the imbalance in work-life more glaring.

It is critical to judge the shift in attitude, mindset, and body language of a candidate in circumstances of stress and chaos. About 75% of the candidates fail during stress interview rounds, more so, if the questions are tricky, one gets into the web of answers that put the candidate in a tight spot.

Let me share some strategies to deal with stress interviews.

1. Realizing that you are pushed into an uncomfortable situation sooner the better. Stress questions take some time to build up, and it never comes as a surprise. If you are attentive, you will know how the questioning pattern is getting altered. Mostly interviewer contradicts your statement.

If you struggle to prove your point, you may get dragged into contradiction. The circumstances of one version against another may worsen the conversation. Try to avoid it, instead rephrase your answer, like “you got it almost right, I actually mean…” so here you are not challenging the interviewer but putting one’s response in a perspective that is closure to yours.

This strategy of answering stress questions needs practice & control over your emotions.