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post #16 of 75
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

I guess it's better than them wanting to play with your shift-knob.

All too common a problem, unfortunately. Or fortunately maybe, I'm not sure.
post #17 of 75
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post


All too common a problem, unfortunately. Or fortunately maybe, I'm not sure.

 

so you interview people in a parked car, you in the front seat, them in the back, in an unused hanger?
really?  and many of them try to grab your junk?

 

wtf kind of job is it?

I've never heard of anything like that, and I've been around

in fact I would not allow it in my company, we just schedule interviews and rooms, I know crazy

 

it is kind of bizzare

post #18 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.

are you a pimp or low level drug dealer?
post #19 of 75
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Originally Posted by scarphe View Post

are you a pimp or low level drug dealer?

Not a low-level drug dealer, but apparently a pretty high-level bullshitter. smile.gif

Just responding to sinnedk in accordance with a principle that my mom taught me when I was young: if you ask a silly question, you'll get a silly answer.
post #20 of 75
I would never send a thank you email. However, i would send a thank you letter on nice paper.
post #21 of 75
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Not a low-level drug dealer, but apparently a pretty high-level bullshitter. smile.gif
Just responding to sinnedk in accordance with a principle that my mom taught me when I was young: if you ask a silly question, you'll get a silly answer.

actually dude it was not silly question at all, i was simply inquiring why interviewees see you getting out of a car, meaning why arent you in an office waiting for an interview, the fact that you didnt understand that my question was serious (i admit a bit sarcastic) is not my fault, so by you answering with randomness you made yourself look like a creeper

good stuff murderous craigslist interviewer
post #22 of 75
so much facepalm.gif in this thread
post #23 of 75
You gotta admit, the question about the abandoned warehouse was a bit silly! Your first question wasn't, though. To answer seriously, this was a second interview. I'm in academia, where second interviews take place on campus. At the end of the day, the interviewers and the candidate go out to dinner (which is still part of the interview, although less formal.) It is in that context that the applicant saw my car and scoffed at it.
post #24 of 75
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

You gotta admit, the question about the abandoned warehouse was a bit silly! Your first question wasn't, though. To answer seriously, this was a second interview. I'm in academia, where second interviews take place on campus. At the end of the day, the interviewers and the candidate go out to dinner (which is still part of the interview, although less formal.) It is in that context that the applicant saw my car and scoffed at it.

you know if you wrote this right away, there would of been no serial killer discussion in the first place
post #25 of 75
I think there was an episode of the original Star Trek where the crew encountered a race of people who understood all linguistic expressions at face value. (I never watch Star Trek, but I've been told there's such an episode.) That was probably a pretty funny episode.
post #26 of 75
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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.

I would add try and make it look like you want to work there:
* Know what the company does
* Have some idea about what the position entails (although a good question is how the vacancy came to exist)
* Have to decency to at least pretend that you are gagging to work here.

Generally I would say:
* Have a folder for notes and questions you want to ask (it makes you look engaged).
* Wear at least a jacket and tie. Contrary to what you might read in these forums nobody cares what you wear beyond that (although avoid novelty ties)
* Don't badmouth your previous employer, you are always leaving them with regret since this is such a wonderful opportunity...
* Emphasis on collaborative approach, teamwork, that sort of stuff.
* Have some questions to ask, or look at your folder and tell them you had questions but they have covered them all.

On a personal note:
* Try to avoid interviewing on a Friday - it means I have to be in the office and I would rather not be.
* You can screw up initially or have a bad appearance and still get the job if you can demonstrate actual relevant experience.
* I don't care about thank you letters, once I have told HR what I think my interest in you is over unless you get the job (in which case it's not going to matter anyway).
post #27 of 75
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Originally Posted by passingtime View Post

I would add try and make it look like you want to work there:
* Know what the company does
* Have some idea about what the position entails (although a good question is how the vacancy came to exist)
* Have to decency to at least pretend that you are gagging to work here.
Generally I would say:
* Have a folder for notes and questions you want to ask (it makes you look engaged).
* Wear at least a jacket and tie. Contrary to what you might read in these forums nobody cares what you wear beyond that (although avoid novelty ties)
* Don't badmouth your previous employer, you are always leaving them with regret since this is such a wonderful opportunity...
* Emphasis on collaborative approach, teamwork, that sort of stuff.
* Have some questions to ask, or look at your folder and tell them you had questions but they have covered them all.
On a personal note:
* Try to avoid interviewing on a Friday - it means I have to be in the office and I would rather not be.
* You can screw up initially or have a bad appearance and still get the job if you can demonstrate actual relevant experience.
* I don't care about thank you letters, once I have told HR what I think my interest in you is over unless you get the job (in which case it's not going to matter anyway).

I would say if Friday is the only day to interview, you better try to schedule your interview in the morning. Scheduling to have your interview Friday after lunch is asking not to get hired.
post #28 of 75
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

You gotta admit, the question about the abandoned warehouse was a bit silly! Your first question wasn't, though. To answer seriously, this was a second interview. I'm in academia, where second interviews take place on campus. At the end of the day, the interviewers and the candidate go out to dinner (which is still part of the interview, although less formal.) It is in that context that the applicant saw my car and scoffed at it.

Damn that is rude, also said person must be deluded if they think they'll have enough dough to drive something fancy in academia. What positions do you normally interview for?
post #29 of 75
Lol, maybe you should have them drive.
post #30 of 75
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Originally Posted by Philip View Post

Damn that is rude, also said person must be deluded if they think they'll have enough dough to drive something fancy in academia. What positions do you normally interview for?

I'm just interviewing for faculty positions in the humanities. I'm not interviewing candidates for the chancellor position or anything like that. So yeah, the people I participate in hiring aren't going to make really big money.

This is nothing more than anecdata I've collected, but IME people who pursue Ph.D.'s in my field often come from fairly well-off families. A lot of them have better cars in grad school than I have now. I don't think the candidate was really trying to be an ass; I think he genuinely couldn't believe I was driving that car. That doesn't make it any less of a faux pas, of course. It really pissed me off.
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