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post #1 of 75
Thread Starter 
So, if you are interviewing for a position, let me give you some tips:

* Don't hit on the other employees or students if it's a school
* Don't ask the interviewer how old he is
* Don't ask the interviewer if it's his first academic position
* Send a thank you email. Out of 20 people I've interviewed, only 1, the 1 we already decided to go for, sent a thank-you email.
post #2 of 75
Wow! Here are couple from my experiences with interviewing candidates.

1. Do not lie to me about trying out a new pedagogical innovation. Or at least if you lie, be prepared for the obvious follow-up question: how did it work out? "Umm, ahh, I didn't really do it, but I thought of doing it" is not a good answer.

2. When you see me getting into my car, do not say "Hahahaha! No way! That's not your car! Hahahaheeheeheehohoho!"

3. Do not tell me my question is stupid. Do not sigh deeply as you condescend to answer my stupid question. Your sigh actually counts as your answer, and it's not a good one.

4. Do not lecture me about my own area of specialization. You will look stupid. (Most likely because you are.)

5. Do not express your lack of interest in doing the job we're hiring for. Do not give me to understand that there is some other job, already done very well by me, that you would prefer to do once you're hired.

I swear, more than half the trick of interviewing well is just refraining from saying or doing something stupid.
post #3 of 75
Perhaps you guys need better phone screeners.
post #4 of 75
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Perhaps you guys need better phone screeners.

THIS
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Wow! Here are couple from my experiences with interviewing candidates.
1. Do not lie to me about trying out a new pedagogical innovation. Or at least if you lie, be prepared for the obvious follow-up question: how did it work out? "Umm, ahh, I didn't really do it, but I thought of doing it" is not a good answer.
2. When you see me getting into my car, do not say "Hahahaha! No way! That's not your car! Hahahaheeheeheehohoho!"
3. Do not tell me my question is stupid. Do not sigh deeply as you condescend to answer my stupid question. Your sigh actually counts as your answer, and it's not a good one.
4. Do not lecture me about my own area of specialization. You will look stupid. (Most likely because you are.)
5. Do not express your lack of interest in doing the job we're hiring for. Do not give me to understand that there is some other job, already done very well by me, that you would prefer to do once you're hired.
I swear, more than half the trick of interviewing well is just refraining from saying or doing something stupid.

why do the people see you getting out of the car? are you interviewing them in an abandoned warehouse?
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post

So, if you are interviewing for a position, let me give you some tips:
* Don't hit on the other employees or students if it's a school
* Don't ask the interviewer how old he is
* Don't ask the interviewer if it's his first academic position
* Send a thank you email. Out of 20 people I've interviewed, only 1, the 1 we already decided to go for, sent a thank-you email.

you know the whole thank you email is overrated
post #5 of 75
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why do the people see you getting out of the car? are you interviewing them in an abandoned warehouse?

At my place of business, all interviews are conducted in my car. It can be hard to schedule rooms for interviews, but it is never hard to schedule my car. (Because I own it all by myself.) Interviewees always sit in the back seat so that they don't play with the steering wheel or turn the lights on and off. Or the windshield wipers for that matter.
post #6 of 75
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It's interesting, I'd say you can get the job (in my area) either by having an incredible educational/publication/scholarship record even though you have NO experience when you show you're obviously smart, by having lots of experience but not much in education/publications/professional development, OR by being meh in many areas but interview exceptionally well (less likely to get an interview this way though) So many people screwed up by just coming across not so well in the interview.

What's with people (often business majors, if I may generalize) who try to crush you with their handshake?
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you know the whole thank you email is overrated

Well when it's down to 3-4 people and you really can't choose, the thank you email might be the tipping point.
post #7 of 75
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Wow! Here are couple from my experiences with interviewing candidates.
3. Do not tell me my question is stupid. Do not sigh deeply as you condescend to answer my stupid question. Your sigh actually counts as your answer, and it's not a good one.

I went to an American Chemical Society interview prep seminar, and a significant fraction of the attendees (who were all there very much voluntarily) were constantly expressing how stupid and insulting the faux interview questions were. Now I understand why so many industry professionals are wary of academically trained candidates.
post #8 of 75
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post

. What's with people (often business majors, if I may generalize) who try to crush you with their handshake?

I know! I think they think they're coming across as alpha males or something, but for Christ's sake if you injure me in the interview, I'm not left with a good impression of you. I don't think of you as a hyper-competent alpha male, I think of you as an uncivilized ape.
post #9 of 75
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

At my place of business, all interviews are conducted in my car. It can be hard to schedule rooms for interviews, but it is never hard to schedule my car. (Because I own it all by myself.) Interviewees always sit in the back seat so that they don't play with the steering wheel or turn the lights on and off. Or the windshield wipers for that matter.

creepy man, straight creepy, consider an office or something
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post

It's interesting, I'd say you can get the job (in my area) either by having an incredible educational/publication/scholarship record even though you have NO experience when you show you're obviously smart, by having lots of experience but not much in education/publications/professional development, OR by being meh in many areas but interview exceptionally well (less likely to get an interview this way though) So many people screwed up by just coming across not so well in the interview.
What's with people (often business majors, if I may generalize) who try to crush you with their handshake?
Well when it's down to 3-4 people and you really can't choose, the thank you email might be the tipping point.

the less qualified person who sent email will get hired over the really qualified guy who didnt send email...
post #10 of 75
I recently had 7 (SEVEN) rounds of interviews at a firm and only sent one thank you e-mail (to the owner of the company, after our lunch). I got the job. nod[1].gif
post #11 of 75
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post

creepy man, straight creepy, consider an office or something

I know, it is kind of creepy that the candidates often want to play with the steering wheel. As I say, that's why we put them in the back seat!
post #12 of 75
I guess it's better than them wanting to play with your shift-knob.
post #13 of 75
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I know, it is kind of creepy that the candidates often want to play with the steering wheel. As I say, that's why we put them in the back seat!

just fyi i would never interview with anyone who says "hey lets meet in a parking lot, i'll be in the big black van"
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

I recently had 7 (SEVEN) rounds of interviews at a firm and only sent one thank you e-mail (to the owner of the company, after our lunch). I got the job. nod[1].gif

moo i am 100% sure the thank you email was not the tipping point, your shoes on the other hand biggrin.gif
post #14 of 75
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post #15 of 75
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post

just fyi i would never interview with anyone who says "hey lets meet in a parking lot, i'll be in the big black van"

Not in a parking lot; it's in an unused airplane hangar. Helps keep the mind focused on the task at hand.
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