I am seeing a lot of articles and blogs written about the "interview game", interviewings being like playing poker or how to's about "Playing the Interview Game".
A game normally connotes a "winner and a loser". Any interview should be a business meeting between two professionals where both make every effort to provide concise, clear information to the other person involved in the meeting in order that both parties have as much information about the other as possible. If that happens it is a "win-win" for both parties whether a hire results or not. In the worst case a contact between two people has been made that if handled in an open ,honest manner by both parties results in a business connection for the future. In the best case both parties find a common ground that may result in a new position for a productive employee of the company.
Trick questions, "magic bullet" questions like "How many gas stations are there in United States" and/or gamey unclear questions do not offer the opportunity for a candidate to provide real and relavant information to the interviewer. They simply make the interviewer appear incompetant or put the candidate on the defensive. A competant, well trained interviewer has the ability to put the candidate at ease, ask clear questions, explain requirements and company needs thereby enabling the candidate to know and communicate their skills, accomplishments and abilities or lack of same. A game playing, incompetant, interviewer is easily recognized by most candidates and becomes a poor reflection of the company. Playing games by either party is best left for recreation. The objective is not a winner and a loser, it is an honest evaluation by both parties of the other based on honest information with no tricks or evasive manuvering.
A game playing candidate is easily recognized by a good recruiter or a competant interviewer. A successful interview should be a business meeting between two people focused on an honest exchange of information to determine if there is a "win-win" not a game of poker, chess, or a contact sport where one party is focused on looking for "tells, weaknesses or secret agendas".
As in the business of living, the business of interviewing is not a game.