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  1. One Earring’d Interviewee – An Interview Story

    July 3, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

    Well, I went on my interview Monday and I thought it went pretty good!

    Yup…pretty good.

    Pr-ett-IE goo-Dah.

    I LOST ONE OF MY EARRINGS BEFORE/DURING/AFTER THE INTERVIEW!!!!!

    This can only happen to me.

    Is this happening because I have a blog about it? Is that jinxing me, or something?

    Okay, it went like this.

    I go into the interview and three people are there to interview. Totally fine. ¬†And I can’t help but notice one of the managers (a guy around my age) keeps eyeballing me. Now, I know I look good all stylish, but trust me, this was not a “I’m checking you out” look. This was a “what the hell is wrong with you” look.

    I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I complete the interview. You’ll hear from us blah-blah-blah.

    Two hours later. TWO. HOURS. LATER.

    I am home and I look in the mirror.

    And BOOM.

    My Right Ear Looked Something Like This – Earringless.

    My right earring wasn’t there.

    What the hell happened?

    How could I have not checked?

    Now, I’m certain that an interviewer wouldn’t turn down a candidate because they are sitting there without an earring, but people this is ridiculous. I must have looked like such a total dork sitting there, jabbering all confident with my earring gone.

    I’m not going to obsess.

    And if I happen to get the job, I promise I won’t ask them if I lost my earring during the interview.

    On an entirely different note, there is a worker at my unemployment coffee shop that doesn’t know my name and keeps calling me by the same “wrong” name each time I see him. It’s been like that for weeks. And the uncomfortable thing is – he’s the only one who doesn’t know my real name. The other workers do. What should I do about¬†that situation?

    Anyways, that’s another post for another day.

    Now, I’m off to look for that cursed earring.

    Oh, and Happy 4th of July everyone!


  2. Job Interviews Are Not Funny

    May 31, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

    A funny job interview is a bad idea. Are you still laughing?

    About a month ago I got a phone interview for a position I was extremely excited about. It was in the publishing industry and this is definitely an area I can see myself thriving in. I passed the first interview and a week and a half later I walked into the front doors of their building for my in person interview.

    The first in person interview I had since being out of work, by the way.

    I smile at the receptionist. I am friendly to the lady who reviews my application before I do the sit down interview. I am dressed very professionally having bought a few new items for the big day. Ten minutes later I shake the hand of the hiring manager. I walk into the meeting room and shake the hand of the publication manager.

    Right off the bat the subject of pets come up. The hiring manager explains her dog recently passed away and the conversation turns into animal stories. Do I have any pets, they ask. I don’t, but I express my desire to have one someday soon. We joke about talking about dogs instead of the interview.

    When the interview starts officially, I can tell within seconds that I have a wonderful rapport with these two people. Great feeling right? I’ve made them laugh quite a few times. Yet, with each question coming my way I can’t help realize how negative all the questions were:

    1) What would your last employer say was your biggest weakness?

    2) Talk about a negative coworker situation.

    3) Talk about when you have been treated unfairly.

    4) Tell us about your least favorite job.

    5) Tell us your experience with a software we never put in the job ad, but we will act like you should know it already. Next tell us about how inexperienced you are with that software so you look like a loser who didn’t do her homework. (Kidding on that one. Sort of.)

    In the back of mind in between the laughter and my responses and their questions, I realized I never sold them on my skill. I was selling them on personality, but that wouldn’t give me the job. It doesn’t take a genius to tell me that. I end the interview emphasizing my enthusiasm for this field and for this position. I make them laugh again as I leave (maybe I should be a comedian?). I’m told there will be a second interview and I will hear from them next week.

    Cut ahead a week later, and I get a message from them on my house phone (they never called my cell phone for some reason). I’m excited. I think I must have gotten the next interview, because potential employers never call to reject you.

    Right?

    Wrong.

    I didn’t get the job. They gave it to someone else. Someone internally. They tell me had they gone the normal route of hiring I would have gotten the next interview. How fair is that? Isn’t that like a guy telling me that had he not met someone else he totally wouldn’t have broken up with me?

    And why didn’t they hire that person the first place? Why torment people like this?

    So you know what I learned from all this? The interviewer is not your friend. Job interviews are not funny, so don’t forget that this is a person you are trying to sell yourself to. Put the jokes aside and remember to sell yourself. I will never trust humor in an interview again. Job hunting is not funny. This is serious business here people.

    Meanwhile, I’m off to amateur night at the local comedy club since I’m so damn funny apparently.