Somebody, anybody, tell me that hospitality and etiquette is not dead at a job interview.
Nobody seems to offer you a drink or if they can get you anything — not anymore — I mentioned this to a job coach (I have one now and that is a story in itself) and she laughed.
Laughed like this was a joke.
I reminded her that we were told to always make a client or an interviewee at home– “Oh that was a long time ago. This is why you are having a problem finding a job…. this was a long time ago…a glass of water, really?” And she kept laughing.:(
10 years ago at my last “corporate” job is not a long time ago.
And niceties and hospitality never go out of style.
As for the job search itself:
Oh, the jobs are there, on indeed. Dozens of them. That’s not the problem now, scarcity of jobs — the day of the hard copy “help wanted” news paper ad is done.
And done because it’s easier and quicker to post an ad as long as you wish it to be, on indeed. There is no per-word price like there is with a hard copy ad. Last I heard a newspaper help wanted ad was a couple hundred bucks for a smallish ad.
Though every once in awhile, a giant in an industry will publish a newspaper help wanted ad.
I restarted my job search about a month ago. “For the real” — I still have been looking in the meanwhile. Not much success.
I have sent close to 80 resumes in the past 3 weeks — I got several “the employer has seen your resume” and got perhaps 4 phone interviews. Only one phone interview has resulted in a face to face interview.
I have attended one interview this past Friday and it was at a small mom and pop electrical company — this is the bunch that didn’t offer me a drink or anything else — that wasn’t for me and they ended the interview after 4 minutes, anyway. This is much ado about nothing — they want to speak to other candidates for the next 3 weeks and then call back the candidates for a second interview.
The mother of the bunch sat in on that interview with me and the other person. The mother did not introduce herself. I had to ask her name.:(
So is etiquette dead? When did the rule change?:(