Saturday, March 29, 2008

Obvious Interview Tip #1

When you show up for an interview make sure you know the name of the company you're interviewing with, the position you're interviewing for and the name of the person you're supposed to meet.

The Clueless Applicant

Names and positions have been changed to protect the moronic.

A woman came in to interview for a call center position. She approached the receptionist who later described the woman as "looking lost."

Receptionist: Hi can I help you?
Applicant: Yes...
Receptionist: Are you here to meet with someone?
Applicant: Yes, but I don't remember who.
Receptionist: Are you here for an interview?
Applicant: Yes
Receptionist: What position are you interviewing for?
Applicant: I'm not sure.

After being briefed by the receptionist I sit down with the applicant - I already know I'm in for a treat!

Me: So, you don't know what position you applied for?
Applicant: I applied to a lot of places. It's either a lifeguard position or a call center position.

Note: There is no pool at our location and it's obvious that there is no pool. We are not near a beach or lake and it's pretty clear by the office decor that our business has nothing to do with water.

I won't bore you with the details of the rest of the interview, but let's just say that there was almost nothing this applicant could have said or done to turn this interview around.

Some people will tell you that you should research the company, and that's true, you will certainly impress your interviewer with that type of research. But, if you don't have time to review the company website, at the least know the company name, it's a minimum requirement.

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