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Old 09-17-07, 07:54 PM   #1
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What do I do? (Job question)

In May or June I applied and interviewed for a job that I really wanted. I didn't get the job, and I sent one of those stupid follow-up e-mails. Well, it turns out that the interviewer had tried to call me, but my phone was disconnected. I had just moved at the time and I must have accidentally given her an old resume. Dumb mistake.

I've been working a crappy job ever since, getting some well-earned cash while trying to find a job I'll actually like. I just found a posting for the same job that I applied for in May or June. They're having an open house soon, giving interviews to qualified people. Here's the deal. The interview is on a Saturday, and Saturday is the busiest day at work. I could probably get it off if I asked, but I'll have to be extra nice. That's no big deal, but I've already done an interview. The interview was such that I'm at an advantage having interviewed before, so I'm not sure if they would want me to interview if I showed up. Then again, I'm not sure if they keep good records of the interviews they do.

I have no problem skipping work and interviewing again. I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to get this job. I'm just not sure what's the right thing to do in this situation. Do I just call and tell them I interviewed before and want to know if I should show up to the open house? I don't want to sound like I think I deserve a job without showing up or interviewing. And I don't want to ask anything if they'd be more impressed if I just called to RSVP and showed up like everyone else.

What's the proper thing to do in this situation?
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Old 09-17-07, 08:04 PM   #2
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Depends on the type of job you're applying for if they keep good records of past interviews. Also, they may not remember you. I would 1st make a call and ask if they still have your file on record. This would get the HR person to look thru the notes. Hopefully they noted that they wanted to hire you. If not, resend the resume (with the correct phone number) and cross your fingers.
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In May or June I applied and interviewed for a job that I really wanted. I didn't get the job, and I sent one of those stupid follow-up e-mails. Well, it turns out that the interviewer had tried to call me, but my phone was disconnected. I had just moved at the time and I must have accidentally given her an old resume. Dumb mistake.

I've been working a crappy job ever since, getting some well-earned cash while trying to find a job I'll actually like. I just found a posting for the same job that I applied for in May or June. They're having an open house soon, giving interviews to qualified people. Here's the deal. The interview is on a Saturday, and Saturday is the busiest day at work. I could probably get it off if I asked, but I'll have to be extra nice. That's no big deal, but I've already done an interview. The interview was such that I'm at an advantage having interviewed before, so I'm not sure if they would want me to interview if I showed up. Then again, I'm not sure if they keep good records of the interviews they do.

I have no problem skipping work and interviewing again. I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to get this job. I'm just not sure what's the right thing to do in this situation. Do I just call and tell them I interviewed before and want to know if I should show up to the open house? I don't want to sound like I think I deserve a job without showing up or interviewing. And I don't want to ask anything if they'd be more impressed if I just called to RSVP and showed up like everyone else.

What's the proper thing to do in this situation?
You never know till you ask.. So call them up and explain the situation while keeping the tone very non-confrontational. Since they have already called for an open house, I doubt if they will cancel it. Either way, you have made your position known and they will also know that you are suited for the position and it should give you an edge.
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You never know till you ask.. So call them up and explain the situation while keeping the tone very non-confrontational. Since they have already called for an open house, I doubt if they will cancel it. Either way, you have made your position known and they will also know that you are suited for the position and it should give you an edge.
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More face time is never a bad thing. There is nothing to be lost by going to the open house and finding that they don't want to interview you again but there is everything to lose by not going. Also, the team of interviewers may be different and they may want to get an idea of who you are and what you might bring to the position. If you are comfortable skipping work and going to the open house I think that is your best option. It will show you are still interested, as someone else said, it will allow you to explain the resume mix up and it will give you the opportunity to reconnect with those people you impressed last time. Good luck.
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You never know till you ask.. So call them up and explain the situation while keeping the tone very non-confrontational. Since they have already called for an open house, I doubt if they will cancel it. Either way, you have made your position known and they will also know that you are suited for the position and it should give you an edge.
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All good suggestions so far. Also, note that showing up is almost always better than calling or e-mailing. It shows a level of enthusiasm for the job that anything else doesn't.
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Old 09-18-07, 08:06 AM   #8
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Do I just call and tell them I interviewed before and want to know if I should show up to the open house?
no. think of how a recruiter might perceive this. odds are it will be viewed negatively rather than in a positive way.



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I'm not sure if they keep good records of the interviews they do.
do you know if it has been reposted because its still vacant or because they hired someone earlier this year and it didn't work out? regardless, what happened exactly the first time? how did they contact you to interview? was it at an open house too? often times, open house interviews are "pre-interviews" to decide if a person should be invited in for an in-depth interview. its a time saver.




generally speaking, companies don't like to spend lots of $$ on job ads. AND, generally speaking, you'll find more recruiters that dislike doing open houses than ones who enjoy them. therefore, most recruiters will review the resumes, etc of people who applied previously before they spend lots of time and/or $ on more recruiting.



again, odds are, them trying to call you at a disconnected phone number is more likely going to put your resume in the "no" file rather than the "we gotta call this person again" file.

recruiters get constant calls about open jobs. don't call them. show up. be excited. let them know that you were contacted previously for an interview. have a good reason for the number being incorrect. don't just tell them "whoops." most jobs require some level of attention to detail. once you have a job, you're not expected to be perfect. however, during the recruiting process, you essentially are expected to be. not to say you can't make mistakes....but you need to show how resilient you are and how you respond to/correct/prevent mistakes.


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btw, how did you find out the recruiter tried to call you last time around?
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Do the interview, don't tell them you were there before (unless they ask).
You will look like a superstar with all the answers!
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no. think of how a recruiter might perceive this. odds are it will be viewed negatively rather than in a positive way.




Good advice. Just treat this whole process like you are new to it and have never been involved before. There is a job opening. You are applying for it. End of story.
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Grow a pair, stuff your crap job for the day whatever the consequences, and make the effort to pull out all the stops for the job that will get you somewhere.

Wow, honestly I'm surprised this should be a dilemma for you. Do companies have such total ownership of peoples' nuts these days that you'll consider pissing about with a dream job for the sake of safety with a crap one?

Whether you are a safe bet or not, they'll see your approach as being noncommittal, or at the very least not as interested as you could be.

If you put your foot to the floor on this then at least you'll never regret it. If you waffle about in the hopes that you can have it easy both ways (work at your crappy job for the day while getting the good one in the bag), you just may rue the day.

So rather than take the risk of pissing around with the crappy job you'll take the risk of pissing around with the good one? Because that's what it boils down to.

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Good advice. Just treat this whole process like you are new to it and have never been involved before. There is a job opening. You are applying for it. End of story.
i'm not suggesting that you not tell them you applied before. i guess its really a toss up. on one hand, they may have dozens or hundreds of applicants. recruiters will be quick to rule out candidates to get the candidate pool to a managable level. in that case, a reminder that they really liked you once before is a good idea. on the other hand, you may then have to explain why they couldn't/didn't interview you.

what i meant by my 1st statement is, calling rather than showing up really doesn't show much initiative or interest. a recruiter is NOT going to be impressed with a phone call.

just don't tell them you didn't interview because you gave them the wrong resume. come up with a better explanation (if they ask).

when you do show up, make sure they know you're excited.
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Just to explain, they were hiring multiple people before and they're going to be hiring multiple people again, hence an open house. I didn't go to an open house when I interviewed, I simply applied and got an interview that way. I'm guessing I was going to be hired last time, or they probably wouldn't have tried to call. I'm guessing I can get hired this time if I don't do anything stupid. I'm qualified, they need people, and it's not a very high level job. Pretty simple.

I would just show up an interview again, but 2 things hold me back from doing that. (1) There's a good chance that the same person will be conducting the interviews. The place is relatively small. What if she remembers me? The chance may be small, but there's always a chance. (2) It would almost be like cheating to do the interview again. I had to perform a couple little tests of my mental ability, and some of them had to do with learning new sets of rules under time pressure. I can still remember some of these tests. They may not be the same tests next time, but again, there's always a chance. I don't want anyone to get the idea that I'm showing up again trying to "cheat" on my interview.

Make sense?

I suppose I could just call, RSVP to the open house, and save my questions for then. That may be the best idea.
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