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Adventures of Interviewing in This Job Market

Posted on: November 13, 2009

Looking for a career opportunity in this job market is extremely challenging. Everyone involved – companies, recruiters, managers and job candidates – is stressed to the max!  This has led to some unnerving, comical experiences:

One of my firsts – an interview by IM! And, I might add, the interviewer on the other end was tweeting her friend about the latest gossip at the same time and mixed us up. (She has a great night life!)

A phone interview where I was grilled about every job, client and boss I have ever encountered. (The interviewer tapped my memory bank of former wacky office cultures and weird bosses. I smiled with every answer.)

The 90-minute interview that was humming right along until the manager started interrogating me with trick questions. For example, would I, as the senior content manager, buy her Starbucks mocha latte every morning, pick up her dry cleaning, program the computers and design the graphics, before I left the office every night?  I told her I was a skilled, experienced copywriter/manager who was willing to pitch in, but I was not  super-human. (“Great answer,” she replied. “I want someone who will stand up to me!”)

The boss who wanted to interview me in my car. When I told him I took the T,  he was very disappointed because he admitted weaning out prospects by the condition of their personal vehicles. (I could have told him how the last time this happened, I ended up locking us both out of my car.)

The HR person who talked exhuberantly with his hands, only to knock over his coffee all over my lap…. (Amazingly, this interview led to some great consultant work.)

Arriving at an office for the interview 10 minutes ahead of the interview, only to discover the entire building was locked and no one was inside. It turns out that they had a surprise fire drill and everyone in the corporate office was in the back of the building. (This was a good sign for me, a fireman’s daughter!) 

Ah, yes, interviewing is just another adventure!

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2 Responses to "Adventures of Interviewing in This Job Market"

What a great profile! Very impressive! An exceptional tribunal of work history and adversity, showing your talented ability to master the craft of writing in all different applications. I’m honored to know you. The working world is at a deficit without you employed right now. Job hunting is so impossible now, all the contact means – faxing and e-mailing – disables the seeker from presenting themselves in person. We are all just a piece of paper or fact sheet in this world. Good luck with this!

Joan,
Enjoyed reading all the articles, particularly the Sisters Vacation. The writing is very good. Loved the stories on the interviews – I don’t think I would have found much patience with the interviewer who was tweeting while interviewing. Talk about lack of respect!
Love you,
The Matriarch

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