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impactnow
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10/30/2015 | 6:54:55 PM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews

Very true HR has become more of an administrative role that handles benefits retirements, salary management and legal issues. The recruiting part of their job is very limited to a few people that typically don't understand what candidates need to do on a daily basis. The hiring should be left to the manager and the administrative parts of hiring to the HR department.

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10/30/2015 | 3:08:38 PM
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@Joe - I think this happens because most HR departments fail to perform a true, traditional "job analysis" that would lead to an accurate "job description." My guess it they just recycle old ones or copy similar sounding ones off of Monster or Career builder.
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10/30/2015 | 8:00:02 AM
Re: Interviewing is scary
Hopefully that happens less and less as the years go on. No need for it really. 
Joe Stanganelli
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10/29/2015 | 11:34:16 PM
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In many companies, unfortunately, HR departments mess it all up.  Then you talk to the people who run the department where the job opening is and find out that all the screening criteria HR uses has nothing to do with the job.
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10/29/2015 | 9:10:17 PM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
Funny comic

Didn't get it.. Perhaps because I work mostly as an independent contractor?
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10/29/2015 | 4:05:36 PM
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@whoopty: interviewers need to understand that not everybody is willing to play by their rules. It's more difficult for girls to pass through an interview having an all male panel because girls, more often than not are made fun of. It doesn't happen in big companies but smaller ones give us hell.
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10/29/2015 | 8:05:04 AM
Re: Interviewing is scary
I did something similar with one employer that wanted to base pay off of performance, with the most successful of a trio of us earning about three times that of the others on a month by month basis. This would be fine if the process was open, but it was completely arbitrary with no one to confirm that the legitimate 'best' employee was receiving the rewards.

I subsequently terminated the interview.
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10/29/2015 | 2:57:25 AM
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@Brian.Dean,

You're very right, and modern services like Glassdoor and many others prove that this is what most professionals want, but it still isn't the case at many companies. We have CIOs claiming they want adaptable generalists, that they don't care about laundry lists of specifics, and then not necessarily doing that when push comes to shove. Obviously, we talk a lot on here about rooting out bad business culture riddled with phony smiles and execuspeak ... but let's think about this; the interview process is the core building block that much of the business is built on (like you said, longterm importance), and it has it the worst! Forget dracula,  that's actually terrifying enough to keep me up at night. Brian made a good choice on what to make a halloween comic about.
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10/28/2015 | 4:16:30 PM
Re: Interviewing is scary
@kstaron: a friend of mine had asked the interviewer what was the worst thing about working under the company. What the interviewer told him didn't impress him, so he politely refused to be a part of the interview process and walked out.
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10/28/2015 | 4:14:43 PM
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@Susan: When I had my first interview, I was selected based on quick thinking and not my marks or my qualifications. The interviewer suddenly asked me to write down the algorithm representation of the Fermi Paradox which isn't related at all. I was bullied and made fun of until they realized I wasn't going to break. That is when they handed me an offer letter. Well that came a week later.
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