I’m pretty sure most of us been through the ordeal of job interviews. We find a company we hope to be working in, send in our best resume and hopefully, someone would reply back with possibly an arrangement for an interview. Prior to presenting ourselves, some of us go prepared after days of research about the company and how best to answer.
Having friends from the Managing and Human Resource level, I have heard practically some of the ‘finest’ interview reply given from various individuals. Now, there isn’t a specific answer to every question and if you’ll ever be in a position of an interviewer, you’ll know that it takes explicit observation and interviewing skills as well as questionnaires to determine if one would be suitable for the job.
Some months ago, a friend of mine, Kaylee (not real name of course) was interviewing a fresh graduate, Alex (not real name of course). We won’t expect a lot of experienced answer from a fresh graduate but there were certainly particular questions she asked that would gradually tell the kind of person Alex is and hence could determine if he would be appropriate for the job.
A noteworthy conversation took place and it happened as below.
Kaylee : So, Alex, I see you’ve just only graduated and hence in terms of job experience, you may not have many. But do share with me, what are your strengths.
Alex : I am a confident person and a good team player and would work well in a group.
Kaylee was convinced and glad he understood the importance of a good team member.
Kaylee : That’s very good and very important when it comes to working. How is it you find that you are a good team player?
Alex : Well, I often play games and there’s one specific game called DOTA whereby teamwork is important for us to win. I make sure I took care of my team members and ensures that no one dies in the game (he sounded pretty intense here). I’ll give them the best of support and healing needed so we can advance forward in the shortest time possible.
Few seconds of silence ensued.
Being a seasoned HR Manager, Kaylee would often hear of fresh graduates sharing experiences from courses or of community projects instead due to the lack of work-related experiences. She appreciates their effort giving real scenarios but I guessed Kaylee never quite expect gaming for an answer.
As I mentioned, I would like to believe that there are no specific answers to an interview question. Would what Alex answered sound absurd then?
Perhaps not. In another perspective though it lacks professionalism, I find his confidence rather impressive. It’s refreshing – not something we’ll hear about every now and then.
What I’ve Learnt From Alex?
Regardless of where you are at life, there is always another side of perspective to look at. A game may not just be a game. For Alex, it’s where he understood the importance of team work when it comes to achieving similar goals. With that, it’s equally important he applies that concept from game to life and henceforth career wise.
Frankly, I admire his confidence and honesty. No doubt I chuckled a little when I first heard but I would rather pick having someone who’s being real and am not afraid to show it. Someone though being dealt with an unfortunate deck, in Alex’s case the lack of work experience, he portrays confidence and made most of what he had.
Because of what he said, he stood out from the rest. Amongst the pool of vast applicants, that made a substantial difference for you in the eyes of the interviewers. Whether or not you succeed, at least critically, you achieved being taken note of.
We all learn a little something every day and as long as we keep an open-humbling mind, even an interview session brings significant lessons.
In the case of Alex, unfortunately, he didn’t quite fit the vacancy but he did make a lasting impression for Kaylee, listeners like me and hopefully you.
Perhaps the next time you need to score a job, you’ll think of something witty?
P.S. Job confirmation still subject to Management’s approval.