On Job Interviews

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  1. Ike Willis

    Ike Willis Very Well-Known Member
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    Because of my constant job hopping in search of the perfect career choice, I spent a lot of time being interviewed. And some of those interviewers were mind boggling. There was Hilda the Hun. She did the hiring at a large tractor manufacturing plant 30 miles from my home. There I was, sitting in a waiting room with about a dozen other guys after filling out several pages of application form. An older, hefty looking woman in a dark women’s business suit came to the door and called my name. I noted she’s even wearing a neck tie, for crissakes. This can’t be a good sign.
    She was all businesslike, barking out questions rapid fire, never once the hint of a smile. Then she was silent and frowning as she shuffled through my pages of forms.
    “You’ll start next Monday at 11 PM, third floor machine shop your boss will be expecting you don’t be late leave now”.
    At another plant I was interviewed by some attractive young lady wearing a nice dress, short on the bottom and low enough on the top to hint at her finer points. At some time during the interview, she dropped her pen. It rolled a few feet away so she stood up to pick it up, facing me. I swear, I could see down her dress to her belly button. She sat back down and continued on, eventually hiring me. I said a silent prayer that I could get out of there without embarrassing myself.
    Hiring was simple and uncomplicated back then. I remember when I got hired at a small steel fabricating company. The owner and boss’s name was Bill. At the time I was unemployed because of a layoff and heard that Bill was going to take on a few men because of a large contract he had. Bill gave me an application with just a few basic questions on it. After I filled it out and he looked at it, he said “I see your from the next town downriver”. Then Bill went to his office door and yelled “Benny, come here”. A guy I presumed to be Benny came in.
    Bill spoke to Benny, “You know this guy”?
    Benny-“Never saw him before”.
    Bill- “Why not? He’s from your town”?
    Benny-“Bill, there’s 20,000 people in my town and I only know maybe a few hundred and he ain’t one of ‘em”.
    Benny and I both had a laugh and I got hired anyway.
    Somewhere along the way job applications got longer and more complicated. Some were downright silly. Why would they need to know my mother’s maiden name? One company wanted to know what wage I would need to live on. I left that blank. I was asked why I left it so and I said I needed to know what the job pays, then I’ll tell you if I can live on that. I didn’t get that job.
    In those days I had a “go to” job. We have a major food processing plant in my town. If I was temporarily unemployed, I would apply there. In the summer they were always very busy and I always got hired.
    Now, I’m happily retired and glad I don’t have to go through all the application forms, waiting and interviews.
     
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    In my application with the bank, I had to fill up a long form that included my mother's maiden name, hahahaaa. And since I was young and excited, I had to go over the filled out form not once but twice to check on what I had written. That's no big deal since the information therein were standard except for the essay part that wanted me to explain why I wanted to join the company which was a commercial bank.

    The harder part is the written exams, a kilometric one.
     
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    The strangest interview I had was for a phone sales job. Before that interview I had to fill in numerous pages of application form, provide references etc. There were a number of vacancies to fill and it was a team interview. I was the only female and was years older than any of the other candidates.

    First we had to introduce ourselves individually, then partner up and discuss what we thought were the most important features we would like to see in a credit card.

    Next we had to form two teams and one team had to argue in support of a hypothetical situation, which the other team opposed, and then argue against the same arguement while the other team supported it.

    After that we were each interviewed separately. The interviewer took a look at my application form and said to me "Honestly, Ruth, with your experience you could do this job standing on your head", which must have meant that he thought I was too old, because I was not offered the job.
     
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    I wouldn't necessarily say it was my weirdest interview, but it was undoubtedly my most hung over. I had arranged a job interview and was being very responsible by having a quiet night in. At about seven o'clock, a friend turned up and was in a very down state. He really wanted to go for a drink. I explained the situation but he wasn't going to take no for an answer. I agreed to come out but said I'd only be having a couple and that was it.

    The result, predictably, was that I got home somewhere near midnight, considerably the worse for wear. I just about made it on time to the interview the next morning. My head was throbbing, my stomach was churning and my mouth felt like a desert through which the entire Foreign Legion were marching. This was not ideal.

    Amazingly, I got the job and I stayed with the company for almost fourteen years, the longest I've ever stayed in one place.
     
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    My strangest job interview was on the phone. I was hired without an in-person meeting. They indicated my qualifications I spoke about were more than sufficient for the job. and there was no need for me to come in and fill out an application. After I worked there a few days, I realized it was not going to be the most ideal job, but it paid the bills, so I stayed on for the long haul.

    From what I understand, corporations such as Google, have a totally weird in-person interview question process. Fortunately, when I worked for Google as an independent contractor the application was normal, but very long and detailed. First I had to fill out an extremely long and involved application. Then I had to prove that I was eligible for the job by passing a difficult test. Then, I was interviewed on the phone. After I passed the background check, I had to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement about the job. The entire process took six weeks. Best job I ever had.
     
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    Sounds like the interview was the job!
     
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    I’ve had quite a few strange interviews, but a few stick out.

    In the mid 70s I was working but exploring other opportunities. I applied for a job with an insurance company, and was called to interview. I was interviewed by the office manager, and as soon as I sat down I got a strange vibe. She started crying/sobbing :confused: and said “Excuse me, but I got a call last night that my daughter just got engaged.” I replied “Oh, how wonderful!”

    Okay, I know people get emotional about such things but this was in the afternoon. I’d think she had time to get herself together or even reschedule the interview. The woman talked more about her family than she did about the vacant position. Ugh.

    Another one was the guy who scheduled the interviews at a restaurant (not fancy, kind of a family place – clean, safe). So when I sat down he asked if I wanted something and I just said an iced tea would be nice. Then they brought his food. OMG, I have never seen one person shovel away so much food in one sitting! And this man was not just big, he was HUUUUUUGE ;)(thanks Donald Trump). A very messy eater, too. Gross. Talked with food in his mouth and belched. When he finished dinner, he ordered a big ice cream sundae with all the fixins. Then he got droopy-eyed. I was glad when that interview was over.

    Then there was the guy who kind of cast my resume aside and asked if I wanted to meet later for a drink. (I didn’t.):mad:
     
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  8. Ken Anderson

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    Most of the jobs that I have had were offered to me without going through the application and interview process. A couple of times, I filled the application out after I had been hired, just so they'd have it on file. Either I knew someone involved or it was in an industry that was tight enough that formalities weren't necessary.

    The only formal interview that I endured was for the position of program chairman with the emergency medical technology program at Texas State Technical College. The EMS regional manager for the Texas Department of Health suggested that I apply for the job, and said that he thought I'd have a pretty good chance of getting it. Prior to that, I was teaching through Texas Southmost College part time and working as the training coordinator for Catalina Ambulance.

    I applied. Then for some reason, the TDH EMS regional manager who had suggested I applied decided that he wanted it himself, and he applied too. There were a few other people who were working for other colleges, but I didn't know any of the others personally.

    I was called in for an interview, which was scheduled for about two weeks in advance. I spent some time thinking about what might be asked, and how I might answer the questions, but I didn't know what he was going to ask so that was just making me nervous. In the end, I decided that I would just make sure that I had had plenty of sleep the night before, and that I would just answer the questions honestly, figuring that he was going to be asking me questions about myself and as long as I was honest about it, I wouldn't have to worry about getting any of the answers wrong.

    When it came time, I interviewed with the assistant dean, who interestingly had grown up in Los Fresnos, where I had previously worked and where I still lived. I hadn't known that about him, but that led to some informal discussions as we knew a lot of the same people. He asked questions about what I had in mind for the program if I were hired to chair it. We talked about EMS in general, and why I was interested in teaching rather than working in the field as a paramedic.

    Then he brought up the TDH EMS regional manager, telling me that he had just interviewed him earlier that morning, and he asked me why he should hire me rather than him. That was a tough one because he was better qualified that I was in a lot of ways, and his knowledge of the internal workings of the Texas Department of Health would surely be a benefit, since TDH would have to approve all of our programs. I told him that, and I told him that I knew that this other guy had been a paramedic longer than I was, although I didn't know how long he had actually worked as a paramedic, since I knew that he had been with TDH for several years. I also told him that I thought the other guy would be an excellent choice. He was a good guy, an honest guy, and I had no reason to believe that he wouldn't be able to do the job. Then I told him that I would hope that anyone who knew me well enough would tell him the same thing about me.

    He didn't make me wait. He asked me to lunch after the interview, and we talked about when I could start.
     
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