This finance techie in Singapore came up against an interviewer who didn’t mind flaunting the resumes of rival job hunters.
The interviewer showed me CVs of other short-listed candidates and later he even placed them side by side on the table for me to compare. He asked: Why should I hire you over them?
The candidate’s reply
I responded that CVs are private and confidential and that I didn’t know the strengths and weakness of the other candidates. I could only perform a SWOT on myself.
The interviewer didn’t care for this. He then told me I faced a “Tribal Council” situation (as per in the reality show Survivor where a participant is eliminated at the end of an episode). I simply responded with a list of my strengths and weaknesses.
How he would have responded in hindsight
The interviewer seemed in an interrogative and confrontational mood and I think he was probably expecting a similar aggressive response from me.
How would YOU have answered?
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