One of the (annoying) interview questions I’m always being asked.
In my early days I’d lie with a “I’m not a 9 to 5 person” or “Pressure gives me energy to perform better”.
After some self reflection I decided to give them my advice to avoid employees being stressed with a “I believe good communication and planning can reduce a lot of stress”.
I’m almost amused by how badly (HR) managers sell their own company.
“Come and work for is. We promise stress and over hours!”.
But you gotta give it to ’em.
They actually keep their promise.
I have been in many toxic workplaces which are still haunting me.
Even though I love my current job and my manager is a gem, I recently found out how they made changes to the recruiting process.
People now have to go through a one day session where are being put in all kinds of role play scenario’s and being evaluated by a psychologist who’s watching behind the screen.
Only to measure how someone deals with stress!
I am shocked as well as disgusted.
This is against all my morals in life.
I guess I was lucky by “only” having to do an HR interview, a technical test, a safety mindset test, an aptitude test and a behavioral test.
I think stress is useless, but unfortunately cannot be avoided when your colleagues are idiots.
Today was a day where I barely had a minute to breathe because of a Safety notification being sent out.
People were pulling at me and pushing me.
Technicians threw statements at me like “OK fine, so we will stop working”.
Management asked how this could happen.
Did I freak out?
Although this could have been avoided if anyone would have just paid attention to my story before, I actually liked playing the hero today.
You didn’t think I hadn’t actually foreseen this, did you?
No honey, I prepared long time back and just waited for my moment to shine 😉
What do you think of stress? Can it be avoided or reduced?
How would you answer “how do you deal with stress” in a job interview?