And the lot of you are just as bloody insane as ever, I see.
And perhaps even more so.
5 hours after I left the first interview, my phone rings.
It’s that interviewer.
“Hi, Dude…this is Ms. X from the X company. I’d like to thank you for coming in….”
I can tell by her voice what the deal is.
“Calling to say we hired somebody a little more suitable.”
She spoke the rest of her piece and rang off.
You’re utterly kidding. You are calling me 5 hours after I left your interview to tell me I did not get the job?
How tacky. How uncalled for, how uncouth and how “it’s simply not done and you could have waited until MONDAY!”
Btw, what happened to the second interviews you mentioned, when I was there? I guess that was a lie, too.
Here is what I saw at the interview:
The job was typical office work. The company was a realty company.
The job entailed running what’s pretty much “the whole thing” — this was a 2 person office (excluding the ancient receptionist who misheard my last name albeit I slowly and distinctly pronounced it, within a foot of her).
There was too much work for one person — that “one person” being who is hired for the job.
There is also a mound of paperwork that is attached to the job — mountains of insurance-related paper work and nothing but paperwork surrounding that?
And when the owners come in, they bring lots of work, more or less. Plus it’s be Ms. X’s assistant. Another 2 fer one job. Wonderful.
The company’s purpose is condo association realty, repairs to the buildings and a third division who builds houses?
Then this company has the bucks. This is a job that should have paid at least 55K as the starting salary, minus experience. For somebody with a good chunk of experience? perhaps 60K — but who knows what they were paying?
This could have been a 30K a year job for all I know.
She also never mentioned the salary to me at any time during the interview. How can I possibly even consider the job if I don’t know what it pays?
(Is this something new: not disclosing the salary? is this now the norm and routine? or is this nondisclosure strictly reserved for those who are not in the running for the job? )
And perhaps I earn more right now — a great deal more — than what you are paying! Do not waste the interviewee’s time. Do what they used to do back in the day: state the salary when you run the ad or say what the salary is at the interview.
Called me 5 hours after the interview.
This reminds me of the time bro went to an interview and the next day, in the mail, here’s a rejection letter!
To tell you the truth, I ruled the job out because it would have been an hour and a half commute each way and the job simply was too much work for one person. Considering I didn’t hear anything that even remotely indicated I was a candidate for the job, I thought I was pretty safe to rule out the job, even if it was only on “my” end.
How are you ever a serious candidate if you never are told the salary? Impossible that you are being considered. Suppose they call, say you are hired and then they disclose the salary and it is way too low for you to consider? Waste of time all around. I cannot even see a company even doing anything like that.
The interviewer was over 70, also and she said somebody in there is retiring. Wow, how old are you all anyway???
So in essence I was rejected immediately. Who the Christ knows what happened here?
I had a second interview 4 hours later; this was a rep/account executive job.
The place was sad: they just moved into that building and to me, it looks like they can hardly wait to leave. There are 6 reps there now and you can tell by looking that this is perhaps a $15 an hour job.
Guy interviewed me at a conference table where 2 other people showed up after me to interview for the job! He doesn’t have an office or another section of the room where he and I can speak in private???
And you had to see the condition of the other 2 candidates: one was a much older woman who wore white leggings and a shirt that looked like it belonged in the trash. Send that slob HOME!!! HOME! There are inexpensive much more “interview-ey” articles of clothing you can buy in a Sears or a TJ Maxx!
I didn’t like any of this, either…and he also did not tell me what the job paid. He did say that they made X in sales and that the campus had a 3 shift operation (rare these days) — and when I started to ask him more about that, he clammed up and wouldn’t answer any more questions. How peculiar.
These were my first interviews in 13 months.
And what I got was more desolation and phoniness.
What do I do?
Where do I go from here?
And to tell ya the truth, I couldn’t believe it: Ms. X had an intelligent, enthusiastic and efficient candidate right in front of her — you don’t want nice? or decent? or somebody with a proven track record???
And sure, when you talk up your skills, they’re all going to show enthusiasm when they are probably thinking “this stinks. How do I get rid of her?”
How very sad. For her, not for me.
She was not honest, anyway. Was there or was there not a second interview? Got another message completely different when she called to tell me I did not get the job; yes, what happened to “we are having second interviews with the owners of the company”??
And as I said: calling 5 hours later is tacky and just wrong. Wait until Monday: benny of the doubt.
I would also like to know what happened to the usual questions we were asked: Why are you leaving your job? Why did you leave the job before this one? What did you like about your company? What were your duties at your current job/ the job before that? How long were you there? Where were your companies located? Were they large or small companies? How were you treated by your boss?
You are also no longer asked “can we get you coffee or something to drink?” You are no longer given a tour of the place — this is important to US! We’d like to see who is there and if things are neat and orderly and safe and what we can “pick up” as we make our way through.
A friend of mine is suggesting I call ms. X and ask her “how can I improve for my next interview” — right away they are thinking you are the one who handled it wrong. She won’t tell me anything and it is likely that if I get her voicemail I will not get a call back. Out of sight and out of mind.
Too much work for that one person and a fleatrap, in that consecutive order. Wonderful jobs in our area. Just Wonderful.