32 responses to One-Liner Interview

  1. Ally Bean says:

    I take your point in a serious way, but I am laughing at what you have to put up with. Honestly, the ways in which people can annoy you are endless. Just read what you’re told to read and do what it says. πŸ™„

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s been so frustrating, Ally. We had a day and a half of interviews last week with six people that didn’t show or call. More yesterday that weren’t as bad except for the person that signed up for 9:00 am, came late and thought her interview was at 9:30. It just blows my mind.

  2. I know exactly how you feel. These types of things seem to be happening more and more, and those that do them do not see anything wrong with their behavior. Good luck.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I struggle to understand the thought process of, “Oh, I’ll sign up for this interview and if I don’t go and then don’t call, that’s okay. No problem!” Well, there is a problem when other people who are serious about interviewing can’t get the time slot that they really want because you’re in it…not to mention the time wasted by three panel members and a proctor waiting for someone to show up.

  3. I manage a non-profit blog as well as my own and had a post submission from a teacher this week that I had to edit before publishing. It had already been returned once by another person to be edited prior to me receiving it. Now, there is something majorly wrong with that. πŸ™‚ Last night I went to a meeting with a large number of women present and the smell from several varieties of perfume was overwhelming. Really? Give us a break and leave the perfume home for your dinner date.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh yes, the writing thing. We’ve had to add a written portion to the interview process as we’ve had issues with our professionals being able to formulate a complete sentence and spell…after graduating from college?

      I am very sensitive to perfume/cologne smells, so when they overuse, it makes me want to gag. I think people are okay if they take a shower and use the smelly stuff sparingly.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We do have a system where people are removed from the register if they don’t show and don’t call after three times. But I don’t know how well that system is working. I’d like to send them an email that basically says, “Thanks for nothing. Your belief that not showing up for an interview you scheduled yourself is appropriate means that you will not be working for us any time soon.”

      Except I doubt they would read it.

  4. Laura says:

    Oh.my.word. I’m LOVING that you sent a link back with instructions TO READ because bless it all, do they want you to pack their portfolio and wipe their nose, too?? Wish I had something uplifting to say here. Also wish it wasn’t quite so true when I tell my kids being early, following directions, good eye contact, and a firm handshake will already put them ahead of the game. Sheesh.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, sheesh, Laura. I had another one email me about the location of our next interviews. I didn’t even send her a link, just told her to go back to SignUp Genius and review. Thanks for giving your kids those instructions, it will save a potential employer from rolling their eyes. You’re an awesome mom.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    I see it’s no better in Wisconsin. Be assured, I am laughing WITH you, Mary. You would think that for something as important as a job interview, people would read the instructions. As for the on-time/clean/professionally dressed, I just don’t get it. I want to ask, “just how far does the world have to go to accommodate you?”

    And, the no-shows are just plain rude. I had an intern blow off an interview, and then apply for an internship the following year. He didn’t understand when I said we weren’t interested. I told the woman at the university who arranged intern interviews to remind/inform him that actions have consequences. She said, “I don’t think he’s ever heard that before.”

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Good for you in trying to teach the potential intern a lesson. I wonder if he learned anything from you blowing him off. Tit for tat. I think that’s the issue here – there are little or no consequences for this behavior, although the candidates who are ill-prepared usually don’t do well in their interview. I’ve since added links to my invite that explain behavior based interviewing, how to interview and a web page with information on the WI DOC. I am not going to hold my breath that everyone will take note and read.

      We don’t accommodate anyone in regard to dress, thinking, writing or reading. We will not.

  6. J-Dub says:

    I do not envy you having to interview. I’m glad those days are behind me. And I’m with you, a no show without explanation is plain rude.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know, right? I wonder if they go back to the sign-up and think “oh duh” …if that enters their mind at all.

  7. Claudia says:

    Do you think we were that ignorant 30 years ago? I remember always wanting to wear a suit to my interviews!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I can speak for myself when I say “no.” My mom and dad set good examples and I often wore nice dresses to interviews and work. Plus, I think the ethics for interviewing were taken a lot more serious then.

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m rolling my eyes as I read this and shaking my head. Everything you said can also apply to setting up appointments with doctors, dentists, hairdressers, etc. Being late or simply blowing off the appointment with no explanation is simply rude.

  9. M-R says:

    Are we in the land of the millennials, M-J ? [gtin]
    I find it hard to credit that even one of them would go to a job interview demonstrating any of the failings you list; but my, how times have changed since I was at that age !
    (I always went determined to make ’em laugh, and it usually worked.)

  10. marianallen says:

    I learned to read instructions all the way through early in my schooling. A teacher who was a stickler for that gave us a very hard test, and the last bit of the instructions told us to not fill in any of the questions, but just keep the test on the desk until she asked us to turn it in.

  11. joey says:

    I SO understand this. So much. I cannot believe, really, truly, cannot believe how people will turn up for interviews. And no, they can’t write, as evidenced by their resumes.
    One time I read, “Attention to detale” SRSLY.
    I believe you’re thorough. I believe people do not know how to job. No actual interest in jobbing. Only interested in payday.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Attention to detale. OMG, that made me laugh. This is why we had to add a written portion to the job interview. Too many people hired that couldn’t write a decent report. It’s a wonder how some of these people made it through high school and college.

      • joey says:

        I feel ya. We have internet intake for the general public. The writing is frightening.

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