The very much anticipated interview consisted of 4 little questions, all situational. They were of the “x happens… what do you do” variety. Not a single question of the “why do you feel you are the best person for the job” variety… which I had actually thought about and could have answered fluently. And the kicker is that those who were interviewed will not know the outcome for another two months.
So now I have two long months to fret over those four little questions. And after the first day or so I already wish I had answered about three of them differently. Because here’s the thing about situational questions… if I found myself actually in a situation that was relatively chronic and disruptive, I probably wouldn’t be at all likely to respond to that situation with the first thing that popped in my head. No… I’d sleep on it. I’d ponder it. I’d consider various scenarios. And then I would take action. So now that I’ve answered with “I would do this,” I’ve slept on it and actually know I really would have done something entirely different, and it would have made a much better answer.
So, I have a suggestion for interview panels that may be considering going the situational question route. How about making it a take home test? Candidates could look over the questions, give serious consideration to how they would handle the situation, and email you back their responses. This would benefit you because you would get more considered responses, you wouldn’t actually have to write anything they said down, and if they could find a way to tie in and substantiate how they would be the best person for the job it would be a win-win for everyone. I’m just sayin’.
So, continued good thoughts are appreciated that this really didn’t go as badly as I fear, and that the response is speedier than anticipated.
In the meantime, I will be spending the rest of the weekend refining my skills of laundry and bathroom scrubbing. I really wished they’d asked me a situational question about that. Because that, I could have nailed.