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Secret interview: A third eye of the HR is watching you, beware!


Date Posted: 11/22/2012 1:54:20 AM

Posted By: fly1234  Membership Level: Bronze  Total Points: 15

Many organizations are switching to this technique. They want to see who you really are when no one is watching. When you finally get there, you meet the person manning the front desk. He/she greets you and instruct you to take a seat and wait for the hiring personnel. Once in the interview, you answer every question with confidence and finesse, you wait for that call day after day, month after month until you let go. You might wonder what went wrong. It could be the ''secret interview'' that disqualified you.

From the moment you set foot in the door of that building, your interview had already begun. That is just how it is. The ''secret interview'', as they refer to it is an integral part of the hiring process, which every potential employee or applicant should be aware of.

They say that receptionists are the eye and ear of their companies. The nature of their work involve handling important information and phone calls, they work closely with the upper management to realize the goal of the company. This relationship within the structure of the organization is an invaluable link to applicants and may go unnoticed by a potential candidate. What happens is this; the hiring personnel will ask the receptionist what candidates did before they were called in for the interview. So it is imperative that people only say good things about you when you leave. So, how do you ensure that this happens?

Never answer your phone call there. It''s a NO! Also, don''t converse with are receptionist who looks busy. You can, however, chat about topics of relative unimportance such as weather, traffic or a big event going down at one of the popular spots in town that weekend. But be careful, don''t try to dig

for information pertaining to your interview. Don''t talk about salaries, other applicants or details about how the corporate is faring on. Some companies have strict policies which discourages employees from discussing the company with potential employees. So you could be going against the companies policies.

Experts in this field say the "tie breaker"  is how you behave before the actual interview starts. This could draw a difference between you and another candidate with similar qualification. You can fake it when you are in front of the hiring personnel and make them hire you, but they are most interested in what you do when no one is looking. If you want to leave a positive feedback behind, try to behave at all time as if the HR was watching you, because they probably are doing that with the other eye.

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