They just don't care.
They just don't care.
I've dealt with almost every one of these. #24 particularly pisses me off. I've sent out almost 150 applications, and a friend of a friend had the cojones to say "Well, you just need to send out more." Seriously? Fuck you, fella!
Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford
Oh dear! Finally, sitting on the other side of the desk and even the questions I have been asking potential applicants and their responses are downright pathetic.
The question I asked a recent applicant was [it's essentially an auditing position]: "What is your favorite aspect of accounting?" Their response was "tax". I wanted to end the interview right then because I would not hire them.
Another applicant struggled to answer the simple task of listing their hobbies. It's meant to be a "softball" question but so many are caught off-guard by it as it's more of a blind date question.
Another one was a simple requisite of having a valid US driver's licence ["field trips" are a requirement for the position] and one applicant did not bring said license to the interview as mandated in the HR screening. I had to basically reject them right then for not coming prepared.
I was also told by HR to not hire any smokers. Yeah for legal discrimination!
I know it's no conciliation, but someone will see your value. I hired a guy a few months ago who had no qualifications, no experience, no real references. But when I asked him why he wanted to work for my company he was honest....he said " 'cause I'm tired of hearing my kids say "Mac and cheese...again?" and he did a whiny impression of his kids...So I told him if you pass the drug screen you're hired. He's worked out pretty good.
This made me laugh so HARD!
Its so true.
But, wait you guys...I can't list Microsoft programs as a skill ? ....seriously.
" For all there is to feel, let it be felt"
― Emeli Sande
I really like this!
I think questions like that are BS . Even if I can (to some degree) see why they could be useful, I think there are other relevant questions you could ask that would give you the same (or at least similar) information.Another applicant struggled to answer the simple task of listing their hobbies. It's meant to be a "softball" question but so many are caught off-guard by it as it's more of a blind date question.
I'm surprised there are only 25!
Plus saying that you know Microsoft Word isn't lying if you actually know how to work Word. In college the computer teacher told us that we should put those on our resume if we got a good grade in the class.
" For all there is to feel, let it be felt"
― Emeli Sande
#15 is spot on
It's not, "Fuck you, fella!!" It's, "Don't fuck with me, fellas!! This ain't my first time at the rodeo."
And why are you looking for work, anyway? Did the Pepsico board finally let you go? I guess "Don't fuck with me, fellas!!" worked in the sixties, but today it doesn't really pack the same punch.
"Tact is for people who aren't clever enough to be sarcastic."
Pivot tables are a vital aspect to Excel and Access especially in a service-type business. Not being able to know how to organize a client list and their payments is a detriment to the business. Computer skills are still part of the on-site job training [especially with more advanced software like Oracle or SAP] but basic stuff like Access and Excel you should know prior to the interview. I'm not gonna waste time teaching data entry when that is something someone should know already.
I think the question is fine. I downright refuse to ask the dreadful question: "what is your weakest personal attribute?" because people just BS, lying their way through it and it just makes the whole interview even more awkward. I hated that question whenever I interviewed. At least when you ask about someone's hobbies, you get a further understanding of the person [what sane person lies about their hobbies?] and you can talk about stuff not listed on the resume or about the job. Mind you, I am not some HR shill [they pre-screen the apps for me] as these potential employees will be working under me so there needs to be some repoire.
Although, the last question I always ask is: "What is my name?" Only one person couldn't remember it so far. As an interview tip, try to use your interviewer's name when you respond to some questions.
All of these are very true, and worth a few laughs...
Ultimately, it seems more and more that it's less about what you know and more about who you know. I'm only working where I am now (even if it is contract work) because one of my friends, who is the program manager, recommended me for the job to the executive director...
I've now laid the work for my boyfriend to come join the office as one of our summer students, and he's got an inside track simply because my friend and I have vouched for him.
You don't need to become friends with the CEO of a company, but if you know someone inside who can at least say "Oh him, he's a good guy, I'd trust him to work here." can go a very long way...
I'm sorry to have kept you waiting, but I'm afraid my walk has become rather sillier recently...
I don't love the biggest weakness question either, but I feel like asking about hobbies might make someone feel uncomfortable and throw them off uneccesarily. And honestly, on an interview, I don't want to think that if I don't answer the question with the right hobby, I could lose the job offer.Originally Posted by maxpowr9;8817267@altlover
I think the question is fine. I downright refuse to ask the dreadful question: "what is your weakest personal attribute?" because people just BS, lying their way through it and it just makes the whole interview even more awkward. I hated that question whenever I interviewed. At least when you ask about someone's hobbies, you get a further understanding of the person [what sane person lies about their hobbies?
I think that's a good tip.Although, the last question I always ask is: "What is my name?" Only one person couldn't remember it so far. As an interview tip, try to use your interviewer's name when you respond to some questions.
Lots of truth in that list
This is what I'm going through as I try to move beyond my low paying internship. Thankfully, my BF just got hired for a very good (real), well paying job so both of us don't have to be poor. Though... things are going to get awkward if I'm earning min wage and he's making a great salary. Just thankful not to be unemployed, one of the most frustrating periods of my life.
It's unfortunate since many companies are being very pick with who they want to hire and how long the hiring process takes during the downturn. I feel online job searching is nearly useless and it's time to start forming networks. That's how my BF finally landed his job- through contacts. It's not quite fair but seems to be the most effective way in this economy.
My personal site
Why interview questions are difficult for me to even consider as I havent gotten a job in 22 years, I have been looking deep into follow on career paths after the Navy.
Number one thing I am finding is that most listed jobs are done so for legal reasons. The positions is often filled. The insiders? Head Hunters. Professionals can also help you hone that resume and work on interview skills. I have a shit ton of managerial experience but NOT in corporate America, so I will need the coaching and the companies pay them to find talent. I wont pay a head hunter a dime. If you have the ability to use a headhunter I would suggest it....
After reading that link.... maybe I just need to start a business.... I know my boss would be a demanding dick but at least I have known me for a while.
.....for those just starting out on the path with no experience... I have no idea what to tell ya....umm send out more resumes...