Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Idiots in job interviews

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Eason, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

    Messages:
    15,980
    Likes Received:
    7,066
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Location:
    St. Louis
    

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


  2. Arthur PE

    Arthur PE Senior member

    Messages:
    728
    Likes Received:
    18
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2012
    Location:
    Earth
    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
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012


  3. scarphe

    scarphe Senior member

    Messages:
    5,115
    Likes Received:
    137
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    

    are you a pimp or low level drug dealer?
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012


  4. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

    Messages:
    15,980
    Likes Received:
    7,066
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Location:
    St. Louis
    

    Not a low-level drug dealer, but apparently a pretty high-level bullshitter. :)

    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.
     


  5. sns23

    sns23 Senior member

    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2011
    I would never send a thank you email. However, i would send a thank you letter on nice paper.
     


  6. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

    Messages:
    12,421
    Likes Received:
    2,522
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Location:
    San Francisco
    

    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
     


  7. stevent

    stevent Senior member

    Messages:
    9,558
    Likes Received:
    1,432
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010
    so much :facepalm: in this thread
     


  8. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

    Messages:
    15,980
    Likes Received:
    7,066
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Location:
    St. Louis
    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.
     


  9. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

    Messages:
    12,421
    Likes Received:
    2,522
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Location:
    San Francisco
    

    you know if you wrote this right away, there would of been no serial killer discussion in the first place
     


  10. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

    Messages:
    15,980
    Likes Received:
    7,066
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Location:
    St. Louis
    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.
     


  11. passingtime

    passingtime Senior member

    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    

    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).
     


  12. Texasmade

    Texasmade Senior member

    Messages:
    4,299
    Likes Received:
    839
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2008
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    

    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.
     


  13. Philip

    Philip Senior member

    Messages:
    598
    Likes Received:
    29
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    

    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?
     


  14. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

    Messages:
    12,675
    Likes Received:
    1,719
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Location:
    Princeton, NJ
    Lol, maybe you should have them drive.
     


  15. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

    Messages:
    15,980
    Likes Received:
    7,066
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Location:
    St. Louis
    

    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.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by