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SunitaT0
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10/28/2015 | 4:01:57 PM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
@impactnow: wow. I never really thought about it. You are right! Interviews are like dates.
impactnow
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10/28/2015 | 12:05:52 PM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews

Susan its very true interviews are like dates, you never really know how they went until you get a call back or in some cases no call back. The entire environment is staged and represents little of the reality of the job itself. Hence the discussion tend to rely on hypothetical situations and judgements. These make the process even more complicated because they are highly subjective. For interviews to be truly productive the "all the right questions and answers" would have to go away.
Since this most likely will not happen it will still be a process mired in error.

Brian.Dean
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10/28/2015 | 8:01:30 AM
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@Susan, it is an interesting area to ponder upon. For interactions between businesses there are many theories that seems to capture some of the dynamics that are at play perfectly for instance, game theory. In economics, a series of events can be easily identified as a pattern and correlations extracted, resulting in an understanding that a decrease in interest rates will lead to a decrease in unemployment, and in international trade, etc., the theories are similarly forthcoming. However, I have not come across a theory that captures the dynamic interactions between employers and potential employees.

I feel that there are at least three groups of potential employees. First, is the goal orientated and long term value driven individuals that take into account the concerns of all the stakeholders (this is the group that organizations demand). Second, are the short term driven individuals that are concerned with only one stakeholder (organization do not desire this group). And third, annual global unemployment is at around 6%, compounded this results in a situation where the announcement of one vacancy receives a hundred applicants, some are a good fit for the vacancy while, others just clicked the apply button without reading the job description and requirements or a breakdown in communication might have taken place. The end result could be that a screening process that has evolved to identify one individual out of a group of two is vastly different from a screening process that has evolved to identify one individual out of a group of a hundred.    
Susan Fourtané
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10/27/2015 | 7:56:21 PM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
Brian, if both parties could speak openly and truthfully it would be much more useful and beneficial both everyone, indeed. However, as fasr as I know, interviews are mostly staged. Now, why is that? What's the point? -Susan
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10/27/2015 | 11:41:34 AM
Interviewing is scary
I agree. Trying to sniff out company culture while at the same time selling yourself, trying to negotiate for the best package without scaring the employer off, but not being too good at selling yourself lest they think you are desperate or won't fit with thier company culture. It's incredibly hard to be truthful and open while trying to land a job. It's anxiety driven which makes the idea or being yourself and being open a difficult prospect.

"Stakes" aside. What was the most horrifying thing said to in an interview?
Brian.Dean
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10/27/2015 | 5:35:58 AM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
An ideal situation for an interview would be if both parties could speak openly and truthfully. This would lead to long term benefits for everyone involved. If showcasing is the primary objective of an interview then, the benefits might be short lived -- if any at all. However, it is easier said than done. Openness and truthfulness precedes and succeeds the interviews process and some information should be readily available to everyone through services such as, Glassdoor.

 
shamika
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10/27/2015 | 12:00:43 AM
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I agree with you. It has become really difficult to find people for security vacancies. Mainly because of their work pattern and long working hours.
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10/26/2015 | 4:40:59 PM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
Funny comic, Brian (because, as the saying goes, it's true). I clicked expecting a collection of scary interview stories (didn't see it said 'comic') - maybe a top ten companion list from Dave is not a bad idea.  There's certainly no shortage of them to go around. The interview process is a scary beast. You have to try and get just a whiff of the company culture from the way things are said... and the way things aren't said. There's often fire where there's smoke. If you still haven't heard about the pay and you feel like you should have, for example... that's no coincidence. It requires a Van Helsing level mental toolkit from the aspiring pro to be diplomatic, amenable, assertive, plus a little showy at the same time, and sadly there's no garlic equivalent that turns the bad guys to dust.
Stratustician
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10/26/2015 | 2:30:09 PM
I'm going to say it...
I think it's just a poor reflection of his skillset.  Finding security people these days is like trying to get blood from a stone...
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