YESNYOU – Prepare Yourself! – The Job Interview Blues

When was the last time you went to a job interview? Did you get the job? It is strange that talking about ourselves can be so stressful! And there is so much (perhaps even too much) advice on the internet about how to be successful. What is the right approach? How much time should you spend preparing for the interview?

And what if you just couldn’t prepare at all?

That’s exactly what beer brewer Heineken tried to test when they interviewed 1734 applicants for an event and sponsorship internship. You can watch the video right here.

Have you ever noticed that a lot of common interview questions aren’t really questions? Categorically speaking, they are commands.

“Tell us a bit about yourself.”

“Describe a time when you had to overcome a problem.”

“Give some examples of teamwork.”

Did you notice a single question mark?

Well, rather than asking the same old questions, the Heineken interviewer opts to take a different approach. If your interviewer wanted to hold hands with you, would you let them? What would you do if the interviewer collapsed onto the floor and then continued to ask you the same old questions? Would you offer to help if fire officers asked for it?

These extraordinary situations are obviously very rare in interview situations; but that doesn’t mean that they never happen.

Ara Ohanian, for example, was featured on the Business Insider website in October 2013 because of his unusual approach to filling positions. His technique? He tries to make the interview last as long as possible! That might mean taking a six-hour flight together, or going for a five-hour hike in Wyoming. The reason is that he doesn’t think that a person could pretend to be someone that they’re not for that long.

So the next time you are preparing for a job interview, it might be a good idea to take your passport and a comfortable pair of boots!

What all these situations really require is that the applicant be very adaptable, at ease with themselves in different situations and with a good sense of humour.

That…and a little bit of luck!

If you would like to boost your listening comprehension, you can listen to this blog by clicking on the following link:


Brewer – A company or individual that makes beer.

Question mark – A punctuation point indicating a question.

To opt – To choose or select

To hold hands – To take the hand of another person in your own

To let (someone) – To permit or allow.

Fire officer – A man or a woman who is a member of the fire brigade.

To fill positions – To hire people to do a particular job.

To last – To remain constant for a period of time.

Pretend – To play the role of another person or thing.

Stop! Grammar Time!

The Second Conditional

The second conditional is used to talk about hypothetical situations in the future. This is sometimes referred to as an ‘unreal’ conditional because there is an unreal possibility that the condition might happen. It is often used to talk about dreams.

It is formed of an ‘if’ clause and a ‘result’ clause.

        If        Result

If I had time, I would help you.

Obviously, in this situation, I do not have time to help.

Look at these examples from the text:

“If your interviewer wanted to hold hands with you, would you let her?”

“What would you do if the interviewer collapsed onto the floor?”

As you can see, the ‘if’ clause contains a verb in the Past Simple tense. The ‘result’ clause contains the modal verb ‘would’. You can also use the modal verbs ‘could’, ‘should’ and ‘might’ in the result clause.

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