What You Need To Know About The 'Stress Interview' Or 'Pressure Interview'

Having to go through an interview is cause for enough anxiety for some people, but add to that a “stress interview” or “pressure interview” and the mind may blow. However, if you understand the strategy behind these types of interviews, you will know how to navigate through it successfully. Related: What To Do When Your Interview Isn’t Going Well The stress or pressure interview typically involves being asked questions that at face value sound totally irrelevant or impossible to answer, or may put you in an uncomfortable situation. For instance, “What color crayon would you be?” or “What would you change about our company?” These types of questions may be asked to get a read of your character. Do you handle stress well? Are you able to think on your feet? And, it may also offer insight to your character, like whether you are one who likes to shine, if you are decisive, and so on. Questions may be asked to cover different aspects such as your:


  • Accountability
  • Expertise
  • Communication skills
  • Crisis/stress control
  • Motivation level
No matter what question you come across, reflect on your work experience and character to come up with a response to suit you. Take every question asked openly as a challenge for you to demonstrate why you are the one for the job. There may be times where you may need a moment to think through it, and that’s okay. Simply tell the interviewer you need a minute and then walk through what you are thinking. The interviewer wants to see how your mind works.

Related Posts

5 Ways To Ease Your Nerves Before A Job Interview 8 Simple Interview Questions To Ask Hiring Managers 9 Ways To Stand Out In A Group Interview

About the author

Don Goodman’s firm was rated as the #1 Resume Writing Service in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Don is a triple-certified, nationally recognized Expert Resume Writer, Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist who has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Check out his Resume Writing Service. Get a Free Resume Evaluation or call him at 800.909.0109 for more information. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a CAREEREALISM-approved expert. You can learn more about expert posts here. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

When most people think of Nike, they think of shoes, retail stores, and, of course, athletes. That's all true, but there's more. Behind Nike's walls, you'll find the doers and thinkers who design, create, and innovate every day. There are also data scientists who discover and leverage athlete insights to create the future of sport.

You might be surprised to learn about the impact you can have in Data & Analytics at Nike versus at a major tech giant. Nike employees get to work on a wide array of challenges, so if you're obsessed with math, science, computers, and/or data, and you love sport, these stories may inspire you to work at Nike.

SHOW MORE Show less

Employee loyalty is something every company longs for. It's estimated employee turnover costs as much as 130-200% of an employee's salary. When a talented, knowledgeable, trained employee leaves, it's bad for business. And, when lots of them leave, it can be the kiss of death.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the interview situation one of our viewers, Remi submitted. He was in an interview and was asked the question: How many cows are there in Canada right now? - What a weird question but this is a technique that some hiring managers are using these days.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Kevin submitted. He is a college student who's working a part time job to make ends meet. The manager/owner of the company has become a micro-manager who watches him work on camera and reads his company emails. A bit over the top wouldn't you say?

SHOW MORE Show less

All work and no play can create a tense and unwelcoming environment. Studies have shown that employers that offer additional perks have employees that are happier and more loyal to their place of employment. If you are looking for an employer that acknowledges how important it is to give its employees a place to de-stress and bond with their co-workers, check out these companies!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less