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 want to 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 couldn't 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: