02-11-2005, 04:39 PM #1
Interviewing Blows... tell me your least favorite interview ?'s
I have done about 8 phone interviews and 5-6 face to face interviews over the last 2 months. I hate that crap.
"Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an Irate customer?"
"What are you the most Proud of in terms of accomplishments?"
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
"Why should I hire you?"
"What's the most creative or inovative project you have developed or worked on in you career?"
Are you guys fimiliar with the STAR technique to interviewing?
I have been out of the game for about 7 years, I forgot how misrable this crap is!
Tell me some you hate.
02-11-2005, 04:42 PM #2
What I always do is turn things around and go in with a set of questions that i read off of and ask them, I interview THEM. I'm in sales and I 've been lied to and promised too many things over the years. Do they deserve me? That is the question. I ask questions that get them wanting to sell ME the job. If you don't give a **** and go in calmly, not cocky it does work.
02-11-2005, 04:43 PM #3
BTW I have asked in return when some jackass says why should I hire you? I say I'll answer that one in a second first tell me why do you think I would want to work for your company. Then stfu, the guy will be srambling to sell you.
02-11-2005, 04:45 PM #4Originally Posted by 1victor
02-11-2005, 04:51 PM #5
I interview people a lot.
My favorite question:
Your on a merry go round right now.....what song is playing and why?
02-11-2005, 04:51 PM #6
Well I won't answered canned questions, people that read from cue cards are morons. Not the type of people that i would be impressed with , if I ain't impressed I cannot be your underling, my mind won't allow it. Take control over the interview bro, it can be done very subtly, almost without them knowing it. Do the "that's an excellent question but first i'd like to ask you............ or tell you.......... Man I was in personal line insurance for 6 years I'm telling you you can do it.
02-11-2005, 04:53 PM #7
sorry Diesel but do you ask that?
02-11-2005, 04:57 PM #8Originally Posted by 1victor
02-11-2005, 04:58 PM #9Originally Posted by 1victor
It's not a question that you can get wrong unless you don't answer it.
To work for me you have to be able to think on your feet. Murphy's law truly applies to my business.
This question is one they are not expecting, throws them off. All you need to do is start to answer it in less than 8 seconds. This shows me you are either unflapable or completely full of sh!t.
Either way, I'll take a shot and hire you. ( I only ask this question if I am seriously considering you for the position.)
02-11-2005, 05:00 PM #10Originally Posted by Diesel
02-11-2005, 05:07 PM #11
Well I have to tell you I would not get the job, I can think on my feet as good as the next guy but my answer would be a question. What is the purpose of this question? If you answered I would answer but I am not somone who will be a lemming and just go along, it is against my nature. I can tell you that I did four interviews for a job with a group of 6 electrical & structural engineers and took a battery of psych tests.
The reason I got the job was because the engineers couldn't figure me out, I think they were intrigued. No one came in and took control of the interview process. They potential employees were all barking or parroting answers like Miss America contestants. As someone who interviews I'm sure you agree you remember the ones who set themselves apart. I can see the interview procees being so rigid, if it is there is no reason for an in person interview to begin with, have them fill out a test.
02-11-2005, 05:07 PM #12Originally Posted by Jdawg50
I'm thinking...that came out of left feild because most people aswer with the last song they heard on the radio.
I asked why. He says, I have been looking for a job for months and I feel like I'm banging my head against the wall.
When can you start?
02-11-2005, 05:12 PM #13Originally Posted by 1victor
Honestly, someone who answers a question with a question screams 'avoiding the question'.
My interviews are very laid back and unscripted. I subtly look for people who will voice opinions, look to help improve the company, etc, etc...
I own the company but that does not mean I have all the right answers. I need people around me that are not afraid to speak up and make suggestions.
02-11-2005, 05:15 PM #14
I can see your thinking, if in fact your comany is one that encourages and actually listens to employees opinions it would come off in the interview and the question would seem appropriate.
02-11-2005, 05:21 PM #15Originally Posted by 1victor
I have a very high paced yet relaxed office atmoshpere. Work can be fun as long as the job gets done and it gets done right. Would any of you want the people that control your lively hood walking in in the morning thinking "God I hate this fuking place!".
02-11-2005, 06:52 PM #16
Have you been asked the question, "if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?" I use to do a lot of hiring, I will tell you the trick to a great interview is to get the interviewer talking. If all they are doing is asking you questions, you're toast. It is much more memorable when interviewer is more active during the interview.
02-11-2005, 07:12 PM #17Originally Posted by Hot-Rox
Walk in and see if you can picture the guy doing the interview as your best friend. Then pull out your knife and ask if he has a family. hahahahaha
02-11-2005, 07:15 PM #18Originally Posted by Diesel
02-11-2005, 07:21 PM #19Originally Posted by Diesel
Whould I get the job? Don't count spelling....you'll get me a secuta.....secutarary.....sicata......a woman with big breasts! I can't spell that word!
02-11-2005, 08:57 PM #20
I'd keeep you around to be the office jester.
02-11-2005, 10:01 PM #21Originally Posted by Diesel
02-11-2005, 10:02 PM #22
02-11-2005, 10:16 PM #23Originally Posted by Diesel
02-11-2005, 10:30 PM #24
I've interviewed with the companyt I currently work for 3 times before I got the job. 1st time in college was like a bad american idol interview. I was so scared, never interviewed before. THe guys interviwing me looked mean as hell I didnt know what to expect. They were 2 of them all hair slicked back. 1st question was so tell me about your self. That totally threw me for a curve ball I started shaking and stuttering and shaking so freaking bad. I went cold all over and started saying stupid stuff like hi my name is blah blah blah, i'm 20 years old, i live in blahblahblah, i like to workout and read books, then i stopped for a second and said F**CK, I screwd it up didnt I and I got quiet. They were like no keep going. I said NO man I F**Ked it up didnt I. They were like no go ahead. So I said no man i toally messe dit up i'm going to leave. And they tried to get me to stay but I felt like throwing up I was so nervous and scared I just walked out and ran off. When I finally got the job my boss ended up being the guy that interview3ed me the first time. I dont know if he recognzied me or was trying to be polite but when h esees me 3 years later after being hired by someone else he says to me you look familiar have we met? I got **** scared and was like no sorry, and he never asked again.
02-11-2005, 11:53 PM #25
Diesel, that's good stuff. I interview many people every week. Best advice is for the interviewee to find something quickly in the office of the person interviewing and start a conversation about the object. For instance in my office is a picture of my boat, ask me to talk about the dam boat and 40 minutes later I feel like your on my team already. It is a great way to take the pressure off of everyone. I'm in sales too, I ask the people I am interested in to sell me a pen I throw to them. I like seeing how people react and think when they are unprepared. This sets apart the potential stars from the "clock watchers". And always ask the interviewer about themselves. It gets them talking, you might find common ground, and if they are talking about themselves they are saying things they wanna hear.......
02-12-2005, 07:26 AM #26Originally Posted by MrMondodondo
02-12-2005, 10:07 AM #27
I f'ing hate the sell me the pen crap.. please stop doing that
02-12-2005, 10:22 AM #28
It sucks bit it does give great insight into someones thinking.....There is one correct way to do it tho. I have yet to have someone give me the "best" answer........
Most of my sales people make 6 fig and up after their first year so we are doing something right!!!!
02-12-2005, 10:25 AM #29
Your going to buy this pen or it is going to end up jammed in your ****ing eye!
Seriously though, what is the "best" answer?
02-12-2005, 10:34 AM #30
Remember this is just my opinion. I don't want to give you the answer directly, so let's just say it has to do with "qualifying" the prospect.......get it yey???
Some people just motor mouth away without finding out the "qualifying" information of my "needs, wants, and desires". In other words to get me talking...........That's the gist anyway. How can you sell me something if you don't know Jack about me and my needs.............
02-12-2005, 12:38 PM #31
always ask what kind of pen they are looking for, how much writing they plan to do, do they require this pen as a writing tool or as something prestigious. Hey mondo what kind of sales are you in that your reps make 100G a year first year?
02-14-2005, 12:38 PM #32Female Member
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"what makes you think you'll be a good asset to our company?"
I'm actually pretty good @ interviewing, but I get annoyed when they ask me my weaknesses..cuz you don't wanna say you don't have any. But I always find that a difficult question too...
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