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Old 09-30-09, 10:15 PM   #1
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How NOT to give a job interview

Do not, under any circumstance, say "I don't think this job is beneath me at all"



Yes, I said that during a job interview. The other parts went well enough though, so *cross fingers*
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This non native English speaker don't get it. My best wishes to you on the job hunt tho...
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Old 10-01-09, 01:06 AM   #3
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This non native English speaker don't get it. My best wishes to you on the job hunt tho...
Well...despite the flub I think I did get the job. Or at least that is what my friend who works there has hinted at.
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Old 10-01-09, 04:43 AM   #5
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True story... Last summer I had a job interview. The interview was going great. In fact, things moved away from question and answer to conversation. I was feeling pretty good about my chances. Then, someone brought up a story where the head person in charge drove her car into a ditch because she was reading and driving. I looked at her and said, "Good God woman! That's why they make books on tape."

I didn't get the job.

I got a better job a few months later.
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I was applying for a part-time job to fill time that I was much too overqualified for.

I said, "I know I am overqualified for this job, but this is what I want to do with my life."

(I had college degrees, etc, but I was applying for a job that high school kids usually take.)

I don't know what I was thinking, but I ended up with a much better job later, also.
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Old 10-01-09, 07:43 AM   #7
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My advice...do not tell your potential boss that you want his/her job within 3 yrs. Especially if they think you are capable of doing their job now.
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Old 10-01-09, 08:07 AM   #8
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"Where do you see yourself in five years?"

"Australia."

Didn't get the job or go to Australia.
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Old 10-01-09, 08:17 AM   #9
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All true stories

At a lunch interview, the candidate asked the waiter for scotch and water to drink

A guy told me he didn't want my job and he was going to be rich in three years. He applied for 18 credit cards and will use a cash advance from each to buy real estate that he rents out.

Another guy had maybe 20 employers listed on his resume without dates. I assumed this was his entire career. Turned out these were over the past few years and 3 months was the longest.
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I was doing "technical interviews" for a consulting company I worked for. I had to interview a guy that was supposed to be perfect for a particular position. I asked an him a simple technical question, more of an ice breaker than anything else. He came back with "Hey look, I've been doing this for more than ten years, I know what I'm doing, I don't have to answer silly questions." Well ok then. Needless to say, he didn't get the job.
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Then, someone brought up a story where the head person in charge drove her car into a ditch because she was reading and driving. I looked at her and said, "Good God woman! That's why they make books on tape."
I think the comment was definitely warranted. I applaud your candor.
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I did the hiring for my previous job.

As part of the 'interviewing process', my intent would be to NOT contact the people after the interview for two weeks. It would give me time to go over things and review their background. I also wanted to see how much they wanted the job and expected them to call me back to inquire if I had made a decision. This would prove to me that they were truly interested in working for us and wanted THIS job vs just waiting for any place to hire them. Of course I would tell those that I didn't choose after the two week period.

ANYWAY

This one guy called me the day after his interview and said to me "So ya gonna hire me or what? I need to know because I need to make some money here. I'm not gonna be waiting all day for you to call". (At this point this was a red flag and just took him off of my potential employee list BECAUSE of this) I told him that I had already had some people in mind and that I would be contacting them in two weeks... to consider this your contact that I have made my decision and I think it probably is in your best interest to find a job more suitable for you.

He was flaming.

"YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ****EN *****, I DON'T EVEN WANT TO WORK FOR YOUR ****EN COMPANY ANYWAY YOU ****!! **** YOU, **** YOUR COMPANY AND I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL!!!"

I wished him good luck on his job hunt.
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Try not to play with your piercings, or pick at your scabs while being interviewed. That's never good.
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I was doing "technical interviews" for a consulting company I worked for. I had to interview a guy that was supposed to be perfect for a particular position. I asked an him a simple technical question, more of an ice breaker than anything else. He came back with "Hey look, I've been doing this for more than ten years, I know what I'm doing, I don't have to answer silly questions." Well ok then. Needless to say, he didn't get the job.
Gold! I work with one guy who always drops the "i've been doing this for 30 years", I always think to myself there's a reason you and i have the same job even though I've been at it for 3
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As part of the 'interviewing process', my intent would be to NOT contact the people after the interview for two weeks. It would give me time to go over things and review their background. I also wanted to see how much they wanted the job and expected them to call me back to inquire if I had made a decision. This would prove to me that they were truly interested in working for us and wanted THIS job vs just waiting for any place to hire them.
With all due respect, I think this is a horrible strategy.

So, you expect the person to be able to decode your behavior (lack of response for two weeks) and read your mind about the winning strategy is? Not to put too fine a point on it, but I would hate to recommend someone use this technique in any of their relationships. Professional or otherwise. "If you really loved me you would have known I wanted you to do the dishes this evening." I cannot endorse that as a good technique to get what you want.

Just be honest with me and tell me what you expect of me. Then I can decide whether I can meet your needs. And you can decide if you want me.

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With all due respect, I think this is a horrible strategy.

So, you expect the person to be able to decode your behavior (lack of response for two weeks) and read your mind about the winning strategy is? Not to put too fine a point on it, but I would hate to recommend someone use this technique in any of their relationships. Professional or otherwise. "If you really loved me you would have known I wanted you to do the dishes this evening." I cannot endorse that as a good technique to get what you want.

Just be honest with me and tell me what you expect of me. Then I can decide whether I can meet your needs. And you can decide if you want me.

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I hate to be on your opposing side, sis, but I agree with jgedwa.
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I've always told them I would call after two weeks.

So far it has worked. Those truly interested had waited patiently and inquired at the end of the two weeks.
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With all due respect, I think this is a horrible strategy.

So, you expect the person to be able to decode your behavior (lack of response for two weeks) and read your mind about the winning strategy is? Not to put too fine a point on it, but I would hate to recommend someone use this technique in any of their relationships. Professional or otherwise. "If you really loved me you would have known I wanted you to do the dishes this evening." I cannot endorse that as a good technique to get what you want.

Just be honest with me and tell me what you expect of me. Then I can decide whether I can meet your needs. And you can decide if you want me.

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I agree.

It's also not good to screw with someone's means of support for two weeks. When we hire we rank the prospects and try to narrow it down to 2-3 people. Then we discuss the merits of each one and try to make a decision within a day but there's no reason to go more than three days.
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there is always the fact that a good job applicatant may find a job during the 2 week silience period
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I've always told them I would call withing two weeks...
OK. Not quite as bad if you told them 2 weeks was the time frame. Still...waiting for them to make the move, though, seems like you're only filtering out ones with certain personalities. It doesn't get to the bottom of which one is best qualified or wants the job most.
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KT I edited my reply to clarify.
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It's also not good to screw with someone's means of support for two weeks. When we hire we rank the prospects and try to narrow it down to 2-3 people. Then we discuss the merits of each one and try to make a decision within a day but there's no reason to go more than three days.
We too have discussions about perspective employees. We also do background checks which take time themselves.

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True, and I encourage that! But if they want to work for us, they will.
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We too have discussions about perspective employees. We also do background checks which take time themselves.
We're too cheap to pay for backgrounds for everyone so we wait until the prospective employee has signed the job offer.
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We're too cheap to pay for backgrounds for everyone so we wait until the prospective employee has signed the job offer.
We also do pee tests for drugs. Have to wait for those results as well.
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