Interview Stories, Tips, Tricks and Pitfalls
Real world interview experience is invaluable. Learn from these tales.
machinistok if the shop foreman who interviews you and make reference to. i am easy to work for take it with a grain of salt. i been dooped by this and it hurt my family when i got take into the office and was told they no longer needed my services..due to me not liking the foreman which had alot of say so and power..i complained to the vp of the company about hia arrogance which after that it came down on me and i lost my job.. i honestly gave alot of effort at this job and being not so experienced on the machine they put me on i was learning it myself. when i asked the foreman about a code that was in the program his answer just put it in i dont know..my 4 months of working there made me feel what a miserable place it was to be there for 9 hours a day. it had revolving door and such that the writing was on the wall for anyone. sure i can tell you when the foreman on the interview says if you dont work out you can have experience on these machines at least.. when you get interviewed you are also interviewing them also.. i was desperate to leave my other job and i did not think it thru only that the interview process can be a very serious thing some companies are desperate for workers for the skill shortage of machinist but i dont feel sorry.. with temp agencies and such i feel this creates a further easier way to throw people around in and out the door. or even have a person like me make a dumb decision to leave a job out of hoping its gets better at the new place..i wish everyone a well experience on the job the get. but always be on the look out for those interviews from hell that stand out when they open their mouths and give you insight into oh boy this guy sucks big time..Add a Reply
Silent Interviewer CringeSo I thought I did really well on my interview. I made the interviewers laugh and I asked a lot of questions. I even had some experience. Well turns out just 20 minutes after I left they posted the same job on the same website i was looking on. My phone refreshed the page and bam there it is. A big ole smack in the face.Add a Reply
Use the car mirror to avoid this gaffeI was tripped up by this before I got used to doing it before going somewhere.
This took place in the 1980's when I was out of work one time. Home computers were still on the horizon, so I went to the main library to do research on a firm I had an interview with. It was a cool morning with a breeze that made my nose run slightly for a minute. I forgot about it as I entered the building.
Later that day I was interviewed by a woman. It seemed to go off without a hitch. I went home and at some point noted in the mirror that there was a bit of dried mucous near the tip of my nose. So it was no surprise when they hired someone else.
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Is that you for real!?! I was expecting someone else!I live in a city that is pretty much segregated. It kind of reminds me of one of them 17th century villages where the rich live in the center of town and the pheasants live on the outside except in modern times everything is in reverse. The poor now live in the inner city, the wealthy now on the outskirts. In my neck of the woods, the majority of blacks live on the east side, Asians got their little spot off the lake, the Hispanics congregate on the west side, and the whites predominantly occupy the surrounding suburbs. We all have a clique mentality where we live. If you got caught outside your zone, its not uncommon to get the what the hell are you doing on the wrong side of town look sometimes. With the recession and people losing their homes, its less common that people are getting the looks, but any who here's my interview stories that I've experience. I'm trying to tell the story without making it sound like I'm demonizing anyone, but I just want to share it.
I am of mixed origin and I have the unlucky name that someone associates with white people. Now, usually most people know that you can associate a name with a person's nationality. For example, if your name is Mohammed, a lot of people assume they are Arab, if your name is Jose, they might think you are Hispanic, etc. I'm extremely well spoken and I have a (what the interviewer might consider) a "white" name. Often some people also associate well spoken-ness to them also. I would get called for an interview and I would show up. They give me this look like what the hell are you doing here. Then they would go "Err, can I help you?". I would tell them that this is __________, I'm here for the 2pm interview. They would jump half way out their seats when they find out that I'm not white and they would have to do a double take like they got the wrong person and they are looking for someone else not my race but with the same name to show up. They nervously usher me into the interview room and when I walk in there the interviewer looks at me like he's acting like he's on Candid Camera ready to be pranked. This mainly occurred when I would apply in the suburbs. Has anyone had similar experiences?
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APPLYING FOR A JOB ONLINEPlease read below,..I made a list in order of how to apply for ONE JOB Online,.....ck it!!
CREATE LOGIN/ PASSWORD (hope that Cookies on yr browser allow the site to accept what you choose)
SELECT AREA OF EXPERTISE (all areas inclduing Toilet Cleaning, Paper Mache, Calculator etc.
DOWNLOAD EMPLOYMENT APP
FILLOUT APPLICATION ACCURATELY INCLUDING NAMES AND EXT'S OF MANAGERS DATING BACK 10 YRS
UPLOAD COVER LETTER
READ AND SIGN OFF ON BACKGROUND CHECK
READ AND SIGN OFF ON DRUG TESTING
READ AND SIGN OFF ON CREDIT CHECK (even though it sux & yr applying for a $20k Yr Job)
TAKE 150 QUESTION TIMED SKILLS ASESSMENT (I.E. 2 trains traveling 143.10112 Kilometers per hr)
TAKE 150 QUESTION MEYERS BRIGG PERSONALITY PROFILE (I.E. "Sometimes I wanna climb a Clock Tower w/a AK-47) A.- DISAGREE B. STRONGLY AGREE
SELECT VETERAN STATUS
SELECT WHETHER OR NOT YOU LOOK SUSPICIOUS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA DURING TRAFFIC STOPS
READ AND SIGN FORM GIVING CO TO FIRE YOU WITHOUT REASON OR CAUSE
RECEIVE E-MAIL SAYING THANK YOU FOR APPLYING ALONG W/500 OTHER MORE EDUCATED AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS
IN THE EVENT THAT YOU MATCH THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS JOB THAT PAYS $4.00 ABOVE FEDERAL MIN WAGE,..WE WILL CONTACT YOU
HAVE A NICE FKKING DAY
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Posted by Sphincter Detector on 09/17/2010:
a real attitude towards potential applicantsI was happily working at my job at the hospital, since I moved towards the West side, I thought I'd go look for something closer to home. Thru a friend the information got to me stating that this care home is looking for new applicants.
So, I got my things together and went to the HR office. I got re-directed to this "guys" door. I politely knocked and I guess I caught him off guard. We conducted this 30 second conversation in the door way of his office.
I asked "Does this facility have any job opportunities?"
This A*s of a man he is tells me:" Why are you applying when there is no job openings?". "Okay," I said, Thank You for your time,and I left the office. I called my friend told him what happened...he couldn't believe what happened. But my friend said "sorry". I told him, "nah, it's okay, it wasn't meant to be".
Now I have a family member as a resident in that facility.
my family members asked "how come I didn't apply here".
I told them the story...they couldnt believe what happened and how business was conducted. I shouldve contacted the Better Business Bureau right away. But, I didn't even get the guys name, he had no name on his desk or door, or any type of certificates? I should've asked what was his full name....
well, that was one of the worst things that happened to me.
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Posted by chubby girl on 01/20/2010:
How ambitious should I act during a job interveiw?This is actually a question. How ambitious should I come across during a job interview? It's been damned if you do, damned if you don't. If I say I'm looking to get my foot in the door and move up, they don't like that, they think I'll be looking to get out of the current position soon. If I say I'd be content as the Administrative Assistant for years to come, they don't like that either, it sounds like I have no goals. So I don't know which to do! How do you balance that out?Read 1 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by HaveADamnNiceDay on 12/01/2009:
Bad InterviewersI live in AZ & have to interview snafoos to tell.
Both are Tech Companies in Chandler, AZ.
Avnet and Pearson Education.
At Avnet,..I was interviewing for a Sales/Tech Assistant Position. I was first interviewed by a very professional and kind Sr Manager. I was then passed over to another person a girl who immeidately told me I was unqualified for the job but, proceeded to talk about her life as a Bartender and how cool she was.
Pearson,..I had a 2nd Interview for a Software Sales Position.
The first interview went really well,..very comfortable. The 2nd was conducted by two women. They went over my Resume and started asking me about Employment dates and would look at each other like,.."No Way",..it turned into an Interogation.
The associate of the Mangager interviewing me was hot but,...she was also wearing a top that totally showed her boobs and the white lace see thru bra she was wearing as her shirt had the top 3 buttons unbuttoned.Read 2 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by BonusOnus on 07/17/2009:
The Running ManI have had my second interview for a job. After a week, I've been contacted and told that I'm IN THE RUNNING. They still have a few more interviews.
What does all this mean? I either have the job or not? I'm not familiar with the interviewing process.
What the heck does "IN THE RUNNING" mean if you are still seeking other applicants for interview? Why won't they take me? Can someone explain this process? Have you ever heard of this? Is there a chance that I have the job?Read 7 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by BonusOnus on 06/01/2009:
What would YOU think?Ok Scenario time. So I have an interview tomorrow and I'm trying to prepare for it, and I don't want a potential employer to think I'm unprofessional. The burning question for me today is:
If/When the potential employer asks me when I would be available to start.
You see, all, I don't plan on giving notice to my boss. I'm just gonna scram and leave her a voicemail telling her I quit. How do I put a positive twist on this? >_<
I was thinking of saying something like, "I can start Monday" or "Whenever you want me to start", but I can't help but feel like there's a bad undercurrent if I say that I can start immediately. I mean, they're GONNA KNOW I hate my job and I'm desperately trying to leave. Aren't they?
I don't want to look desperate, I want to come off polished and professional. This bag that I work with is anything but, and I'm trying to get away from her! I don't want to badmouth my previous employer, because that is also unprofessional. I just want to look like someone who is looking for a better opportunity, and a niche in which to use my talents to their fullest, and this job that I have just isn't it.
How do I project that without looking like an animal on the run?Read 19 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by SouthernProgrammer on 04/15/2009:
Tick TockAfter months of sending out my resume with no response from the other end, I finally heard back from a company. A company that I would cut off my right arm to work for...
I had a 2 (TWO, II, xx, dos) hour interview that I thought was absolutely wonderful.
I spoke clearly, was energetic, listened with interest, looked fabulous and answered everything appropriately -------- A good time was had by all..
Now, I'm just waiting and waiting and waiting for the phone to ring ---- from somebody.
I'm waiting for my references to ring me up with gossip and glee and bursting with "soap opera" drama about the delightful conversation they had discussing my grandness with the company.
I'm waiting for the company to call me and BEG that I drop everything and be ready to report to work on Monday to earn some cash and fill my empty kaufer.
I'm sitting here. Still waiting. I've crossed my fingers so much that they look like swollen pretzels, finger foods for the nervous.
It snowed this morning, then it rained and then the sun came out and went back in. I see these weather conditions as a sign of the unusual. Therefore, if the unusual is happening today --- chances are UNEMPLOYED little old me is going to get a job offer this afternoon.
Both my land-line and cell phone are connected. And my email is in working order.
Four more hours before the HR lady calls it the end of a business day. In the meantime, I'll keep waiting.
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Posted by sympathetic reader on 03/21/2009:
Ummm?Ok, I'm two bites for two interviews. I just got back from another interview with a dish network contracto (they service people and do troubleshooting and stuff). I think the guy who interviewed me was from somewhere in the middle east. It's really hard for me to tell, but he could have been indian or pakistani. Now he did ask me some questions I did not expect, simply because NO employer has asked me these things...
He asked me about my husband and what he did for a living (as if it mattered)
He asked if I had any children (he said he was concerned in case I had to make time to tote them to and from school).
I guess he gathered I was married because of the rings I wear, but still... I had a faint buzz in the back of my head that told me these questions were inappropriate.
This guy asked me if I could start tomorrow morning. I told him I had interviewed previously on Friday and that I was waiting on a call, and asked if I could call him back once I'd made a decision. He implied there probably wouldn't be a job available if I waited too long (which is understandable), but I hate it when employers do that.
Now, here are the points for each interviewer...
Interviewer #1) Is a funny lady with an easygoing disposition, has ADD like myself and plans her day around it to cope and handle it. She loves my personality, and wanted to hire me on the spot. The work didn't sound all that difficult or stressful, and she seemed ok with the amount of money I was asking for (which was quite a lot, but it was because of the long drive). She thinks along similar lines to me, and is in general a lovely person. The only thing that makes me hesitate is the long drive to and from work.
Interviewer #2) Called me this morning at 10 am while I was still in bed, and asked me to come in NOW for an interview. I told him I was available at noon and asked to come then. He agreed, and gave me the address. However, his informal manner suggested I probably should not put a lot of effort into the way I looked today, so I wore a pair of green pants with brown boots and a white sweater (which is almost dressing down for me, but not quite). When I got there, I had to walk up this black iron staircase in the back of a nondescript building (while it was snowing). I was very afraid I'd slip and fall and hurt myself. Inside, the place was a disorganized mess. There were boxes and parts and computers and wires thrown pell-mell all over the place. It was in shameful condition. Sometimes the folks there spoke another language, sometimes they spoke perfect english. Sometimes they spoke a blend of both (which makes me think them indian--they do that in a lot of indian flicks, from what I've seen). It makes me uncomfortable having people all around me who can talk about me outright without my knowing.
However, this place is soooo close to home it's disgusting. I'd have at most a 10 minute drive to work every day. The guy offered me significantly less money than I'd be making in the faraway location, but he said that after a week he'd raise it. I don't necessarily believe he'll keep that promise. I'll have to get it in writing if I take that job.
I have a hard decision to make. I hate making decisions like this, where the lines are all gray and blurry....
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Posted by BonusOnus on 01/19/2009:
I think JP Morgan dicriminates against whites too!I agree that Chase bank discriminates against white males in particular. I have applied for numerous positions with JP Morgan and I am positive that I scored a perfect 100% on the assesment exam. I also have 12 years of excellent work experience with references, I was in the USAF, and I am a senior at the Illinois Institute of Technology finishing my Bachelor of Science in Finance and Construction Engineering. Not only have I not even gotten one phone call back from any of these banks, I have also had a Bank One/Chase account for over ten years. I can honestly say that in that time, having been in several banks throughout Chicago and its suburbs, I have seen but one white lady working in all of them, and she is from Eastern Europe and speaks broken english. Being that I am about to be an alumni of the Illinois Institute of Technolgy, almost all of my professors are attorneys who also teach at my schools Kent College of Law. As such, I am considering taking this up with some of them. JP Morgan may want to be careful about a class action discrimination lawsuit. Before I do that, I am going to "Dumb Down" my resume, and claim that I am a minority just to see if I get a phone call back for an interview. JP Morgan better hope that that does not happen. Add a Reply
black balledI know Im being blackballed, I went for an interview was told I need to bring in my stuff as in paperwork for wages to be proccessed and then I get a msg that the references didn't turn out the way they had hoped. I have been a great nurse and was told so many times however management from my last job took exception to the peer staff trying to stop me from leaving by making up a petition which they hoped to send to head office above dysfunctional lodge mgmt head and it was seen by lodge mgmnt beforehand and they blamed me for it so then Im blackballed which is making it improbable to obtain employment, what do I doRead 2 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by CK on 11/20/2008:
Scott McClellan:George W. Bush Outed CIA Agent Valerie Plamehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3kSMvVRnk0
I can't believe what I heard ... I have played it several times, but I keep hearing the same thing! My question is "Why is he still in office?" Someone PLEASE explain to me why? Is this not considered treason? If so then what is the punishment for treason? And if not, explain! You should see the expressions on the faces of the people in the audience - SHOCKED!
Scottie McC: But the other defining moment was in early April 2006, when I learned that the President had secretly declassified the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq for the Vice President and Scooter Libby to anonymously disclose to reporters. And we had been out there talking about how seriously the President took the selective leaking of classified information. And here we were, learning that the President had authorized the very same thing we had criticized.
Viera: Did you talk to the President and say why are you doing this?
Scottie McC: Actually, I did. I talked about the conversation we had. I walked onto Air Force One, it was right after an event we had, it was down in the south, I believe it was North Carolina. And I walk onto Air Force One and a reporter had yelled a question to the President trying to ask him a question about this revelation that had come out during the legal proceedings. The revelation was that it was the President who had authorized, or, enable Scooter Libby to go out there and talk about this information. And I told the President that that's what the reporter was asking. He was saying that you, yourself, was the one that authorized the leaking of this information. And he said "yeah, I did." And I was kinda taken aback.Read 4 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by UnsupportedSupport on 11/19/2008:
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