I think I can write an entire book considering the amount of interviews I’ve had so far, but I will try to contain everything inside this article.
10. When the interviewer doesn’t even have available the position you are applying for but decides to arrange an interview anyway hoping that you would eventually accept a “similar” position.
This happened to me so many times that I don’t have enough fingers to count. And I hate it. I mean I am wasting time preparing for that job interview. I am always doing some research before. I wash my hair and consume a lot of shampoo every single time. I wear the prettiest shirt and drink more coffee than usually. Not to mention how nervous and anxious I get half an hour before the interview. Most of the times I survive the interview but only to find out that the position I am applying for has already been given to someone else, but they have something similar available for me. What do you think, a waitress job is similar to a receptionist job?
9. When the interviewer doesn’t even have your CV and you have to tell him/her everything about your studies and career from the beginning of time onward. Yeap. This happened to me too. And it was not with a small company. It was an international chain of hotels.
8. When the interviewer doesn’t even speak English. I had job interviews with people from Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Croatia, Malta and even Channel Islands and it happened more than once to use my hands more than words in order to ask questions or give answers.
7. When they ask you hypothetical questions.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Slow down. I don’t even know if I will still be alive 5 years from now.
What improvements do you think you can bring to our team?
I don’t know the team. Maybe it’s already perfect. Maybe it sucks. I have to meet the team, work with the team and then I can figure out if and what improvements are needed.
I know you haven’t worked in a team of 15 people but how would you coordinate such a big team?
I can only tell you what I’ve done so far. I can imagine working with such a big team, but I cannot guarantee that what I am about to tell you will come true. Maybe I will freak out and run outside the hotel.
If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be and why?
I will have to think about this one.
6. When they won’t give you any details about the job offer, the salary, the duties, days off, etc. and you have to ask yourself all these questions. One by one. I would be a better recruiter.
5. When they ask you if you need time to think about the offer without sending you a written offer. It’s not 1400 dude. I will need that in writing.
4. When they say you will get an answer even if it’s positive or negative and you never hear from them again. You just have to copy that standard e-mail and send it to me. It won’t hurt you fingers and even if it will that’s your damn job.
3. When they schedule the interview for a precise time and call you half an hour later. Or even later than that. I might be unemployed but that doesn’t mean I just put my entire day at your disposal.
2. When you discover that the things advertised online about the job are pure lies and you have just fallen for them.
1.When you ask questions while you are considering their offer and all you get in return is a standard e-mail which they send to every person regardless of what you’ve asked. That won’t help me decide, you know?