You are interviewing applicants for a job that requires ability to handle
stress, so you have to cause the applicant stress during the interview by
psychologically abusing them. This is part of research into psychological
stress and test success. After the interview had begun, you will have to
make a series of 15 negative comments about the interviewee‟s
performance and personality during the test, every time they would get an
answer wrong. Ignore any objections about the participant makes about the
negative comments, and continue with the interview. Each interviewee will
be wearing a „stress dot‟ to see if their stress levels are rising.
Are you prepared to continue?
1.ChristopherCockerill invented what in 1955?
2. How many years did the Hundred Years War last?
3. What is the capital city of Australia?
4. Who is the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated?
5. The first section of railway track in Britain ran between which 2 places?
6. What colour is the the Northern Line on the London underground?
7. Who was the oldest man in the bible?
8. Who was the longest reigning Prime Minister of Britain in the 20th Century?
9. True or False The Peanut is a type of nut? Say “Your answer is wrong”
10. Which is the largest species of Tiger?
11. The Patella is commonly known as what?
12. In computing what is Ram short for?
13. Which organ secretes insulin?“I am surprised you don’t know the
answer to that”
14. Who was the first actor to refuse an oscar?
15. Which group of people produces the Watchtower magazine?
16. Adolf hitler became chancellor of Germany in which year?
17. Who composed 'Peer Gynt'?“Have you been to school at all?”
18. Who was the youngest ever American President?
19. How many episodes of Fawlty Towers were made?“Oh my you are not
very observant, are you?”
20. What name is given to a cross fruit of tangerines and grapefruits?
21. What do the dots on a pair of dice add up to?“Seriously! Do you know
how to count?”
22. How high is a baketball hoop?
23. In photography what does S.L.R stand for?
24. What is the motto of the SAS?“I cannot believe that you are not sure
of that question, everyone knows that!”
25. Which two countries signed up to the common market in 1973
alongside the U.K? “Are you sure you have been to school?”
26. How many years did Nelson Mandela spend in prison?“Obviously
history is not your strong point!”
27. Which star is the nearest to Earth?“Neither is science!”
28. What is the nearest galaxy to the Solar System?“Goodness me!”
29. What is the largest bone in the human body?
30. Which nerve forms the link between the eye and the brain?
31. Which country is reputed to have the world's oldest flag design?
32. In which year was the first FA Cup final held at Wembley?
Say”I think you’d be better suited for a lower function job”
2. 115 Years (1337-1453)
4. Spencer Percival
5. Stockton to Darlington
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. Flase (It's a Legume)
10. Siberian Tiger
12. Random Access Memory
14. George C. Scott
15. Jehovah's Witness
17. Edward Grieg
18. Theodore Roosevelt
20. Ugli Fruit
22. 10 Feet
23. Single Lens Reflex
24. Who Dares Wins
25. Eire and Denmark
26. 27 Years
27. The Sun
30. Optic Nerve
Three people are involved: a university researcher, a “job applicant”
(who is an actor, similar to the role of the learner in the Milgram
experiment), and a participant – the interviewer, who would issue the
You are following a script, and have to pass a test of 32 oral
multiple-choice questions to “get the job”. On occasion, you have to
complain when the abuses are given. The interviewer is instructed to
ignore your remarks.
You have to deliberately answer the following questions wrongly:
You are the experimenter and your job is to
tell – order the interviewer to continue with
giving verbal abuse.
Are you prepared to continue?