Comments: Do you want the job or not?

I know - I just don't get people and interviews.

I actually enjoy them. I look at is as an opportunity to learn something about another department (internal) company (external) or industry (way out). Folks need to remember to go with questions as well as answers. The questions you ask reflect how much you've prepared and how interested you are in the job.

Just my 2 cents worth....

Posted by Tammi at April 6, 2006 07:21 PM

Sorry, I'd fail your interview. I would spend my time looking at the person I'm talking to and that is talking to me. I think it would be rude to talk to one person and look at another.

Posted by Ogre at April 7, 2006 05:37 AM

About the dress thing. In my previous job they did a lot of hiring for floor operators. The clothes people would wear in for their interviews blew me away.

Yes, in your job you will be wearing a uniform and it's an hourly job but for gods sake a belly shirt and to tight jeans with your fat roll hanging over the top is not a good look for an interview.

Neither are jeans with huge holes in them or shirts cut so low I could have sworn I saw something I shouldn't have seen.

*shudders*

Posted by Quality Weenie at April 7, 2006 06:23 AM

Yeah, I'd think somebody who doesn't bother to put any effort into it at all is probably somebody who wants the *raise* but isn't that excited about the job itself. (For example how another of my competition for the upcoming (hopefully) interview explained why he wanted it - "Duh! It's 3 salary grades higher!")
And the fact that you happen to work in a casual workplace isn't an excuse to wear jeans and a t-shirt to an internal job interview.
People reaaaaaaly make me wonder sometimes.

Posted by Shadoglare at April 7, 2006 06:25 AM

Speaking of that, the other day I was wearing jeans and a bowling shirt, and another person who is planning on trying for that job asked if I was so dressed up because I had an interview that day o.O

Posted by Shadoglare at April 7, 2006 06:27 AM

The way some of these people dressed really made me cringe.

Ogre: And not acknowledging the other person in the room isn't?

Posted by Contagion at April 7, 2006 06:06 PM

None of the interviewees shook your hand when they entered the room? That's just bad manners.

How do you view an interviewee who answers the questions appropriately while at the same time checking out everything in the room?

How do you feel about companies that adverstise a job opening but fail to provide the name of the company in the classified ad?

Posted by seawitch at April 9, 2006 07:55 AM

Well, I'm glad you wrote this... I have never done a "real" interview for a job.

As a nurse and nurses aid - way back in the mists of time - I talked to the director of nursing - which I suppose counts as an interview... but it always seemed to me that they wanted to determine if you could string words together and had a pulse so they could hire you.

With my current job - I already knew my boss before working for him. My interview consisted of

Him: Do you want a job?
Me: Um - sure.

That was 15 years ago. I still work for him.

But, if I ever do have to interview, I would certainly be thrown off by a second person sitting there who doesn't make eye-contact... only because I wouldn't be expecting it. Now that I know - I'll be prepared. *grin*

Posted by Teresa at April 10, 2006 11:17 AM