The other day, I had an interview with a local hospital. I was very thrilled and excited about this opportunity. I hadn't done well on my first interview last week, so I tried to prepare for this one as much as I could.
Upon entering this hiring manager's tiny office, I sort of felt something was not quite right. I didn't know why I felt that way, but I just felt that way. There was another manager in the small office. The main hiring manager said to me "This is a very casual interview, so just relax."
It sure was a "casual" interview because my knees were almost touching another manager's knees. That's how small the hiring manager's office was. I felt a bit uncomfortable facing a woman that close to me and the main hiring manager was also very close to me. I wondered why they didn't reserve a conference room for the interview.
Soon after my interview proceeded, it sort of became obvious that this was a "fake" interview. They were not engaged in my interview; the main hiring manager never looked at me or asked me a follow-up question. She simply listened to my answer and moved on to the next question for about the total of 4-5 questions. The other manager was even worse. She looked bored throughout the interview. She even "yawned" right in front of me! This "Q&A" part of the interview was only about 4-5 minutes long. Then the main manager said "Any questions?" I had 7-10 questions to ask them.
I thought it was even funny when the manager couldn't answer my question, "So, what qualifications are you looking for in this position?" I thought it was an easy question because they should know what they were looking for, right? How come she couldn't answer this most simple question?? They didn't know what they were looking for for the position?? COME ON! That manager said "Hmm... That is a good question."
I have prepared for my interview; I did my homework. But they did NOT do their part. They probably interviewed me to pad out a candidate roaster only in order to get approval to hire someone they've already chosen for the position. So they didn't need to do their homework for this interview and they don't mind wasting my time on the fake interview just to satisfy a policy.
At the end of the interview, I asked them if they expected another interview. They said this was the only interview. They also told me that they had several more candidates to interview, but they would let me know their decision in 2-3 days. I finished my interview around 2 pm then got a rejection email 9 am in the following morning. So soon!
I have had several interviews myself. Sometimes, I didn't get a job simply because I didn't do well but never had a "fake" interview. Friends told me that a fake interview isn't that uncommon. I took a day off from work only to waste my time and money.
I'm not for every hospital and I know that. I'm just disappointed.