Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review has cracked the code of how big tech companies select employees from the gazillions of applications they get. Rather than finding out about potential employees, the interview process is series of tests designed to identify those who can survive the ordeal. For example,
7. Ask the same questions over and over and over again
To test consistency
In the tech world, predictability is a good thing. During the interview, don’t worry about asking the same question over and over again because you keep blanking out. This is a great tool for testing the candidate’s consistency. Candidates should only be wildly inconsistent with their answers when interviewing for senior roles.
8. Conduct dual interviews with a good cop / bad cop vibe
To find people who can multi-task under pressure
Put the candidate in the middle of a conference room with interviewers at both ends of the table. Is the candidate able to simultaneously direct her attention to both interviewers while sufficiently answering each question at the same time? Or is she clearly exhausted and wondering why she even agreed to this interview? This is a great indicator of how the candidate will perform during a crunch.