Dumb interview! - page 2

Recently had a computerized telephone interview as a preliminary interview with questions like this. "On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being strongly agree and 1 being strongly disagree, answer the... Read More

  1. by   sjoe
    You can easily figure out how such a company treats its employees. Obviously not a place where you, or anyone with self respect, would want to work. At least you'll recognize this kind of stuff again when you hear the first question. That will save you the time it would take otherwise to answer the others.

    Just when I thought I had heard everything!
  2. by   abrenrn
    Funny. Way back in 1986 I had a real live interview that went much the same way.

    I was applying for summer jobs between third and fouth year at hospitals. One hospital I had applied to sent me a letter telling me when and where to be for an interview, as well as telling me to bring a transcript. I received it when I got home, late, from school, the night before the date of the interview. I was off the next day. I guess the hospital checked with the school about my availability. Not with me.

    So, I went the next day but I did not make the trip into school to get my transcript which would have been easy if I had gotten the letter one day sooner. I figured I could get it to them if I was offered the job and they needed to check.

    At the interview, conducted with a classmate, I was chastised for not having it. My unsuspecting co-interviewee (a classmate) had gotten her letter the night before and she had time to pick up her transcript. I was then told, "Compliance is very important".

    She then took my classmate's transcript, showed it to me and asked if mine looked like hers. I told her pretty much, I took the same classes and everything. That was not good enough for the interviewer. She wanted to know if it was exactly the same. Again, I said pretty much. Are your grades the same? Again, I said, pretty much. She said, exactly the same? Finally, embarrassed to be even looking at my classmate's transcript, I said no, not exactly, I had one B and the rest were As.

    The interviewer then turned to my classmate (mostly Bs) and said, "Well, doesn't that make you feel good? Having her tell you how many As she got."

    Needless to say, I didn't bother to get my transcript to them. To my surprise, they sent me a letter telling me what day to start work. I had taken another job in the meantime.

    Computers, real people, they want the same thing it seems, no matter who's asking.

    And, it did not occur to me that this recuriter probably violated the law by sharing another's confidential transcript with me. Not at the time. It has since.