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“Why Don’t I Call Back When You’re More Prepared?” – An Interview Rant

August 5, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

Right before I left for the job interview I have this afternoon, I heard from a former coworker who told me her company was hiring. She said to pass along my resume and she would forward it to the human resources person. I did and didn’t think anything of it. While I would love the job I am interviewing for today, nothing is a sure thing and it would soften the blow of not getting the job, if I had a back up plan.

Well this morning, I get a call and I pick it up and its the human resources manager from the company my coworker is employed.

He asks what type of job I’m looking for and asks details about the job I’m currently at. All of this is very spontaneous as I had no idea he wanted to speak with me at all.

Well, we get to the questions, “What do you know about our company? What do you know about this job? Have you read the job description?”

First of all, I had no idea there was a job posting at all. My coworker just said for me to send over my resume and that’s that. And I knew a little bit about the company, but when asked on the spot – I was unprepared as I was not forewarned for this spontaneous phone interview – I blanked and took a stab at what I thought they did (I did get close, but close only counts in horseshoes…or something).

It didn’t take long for the interview to die on the vine. I got the comment, “Why don’t I call back when you’re more prepared?” As if I should have been more prepared for this spontaneous call. Wouldn’t it have been better to send an email to me this morning saying, “You’re coworker sent me your resume. Why don’t you take a look at the job description and see if this would be a good fit? I’d love to set up a time to speak with you.”

I guess that wouldn’t have been a good idea. I mean, why try to make things easier on my part?

I will try to spit out the cynical venom I can still taste on the tip of my tongue before my interview today, but it’s rough. Maybe I’ll win the lottery tonight.


  1. Vinny C says:

    If you ask me, it seems that HR manager was trying to get the whole interview business out of the way so he could get back to whatever he thought was more important. That way, if anyone asked, he could say, “Yeah, I did interview Ms. (Un)employed.” and look like he’s on top of his game. Everyone’s looking for a shortcut these days.

  2. Jess says:

    Practice a speech for the next time this happens, and it will happen again because HR people are idiots.

    “Hi Joe! Thanks for reaching out, I wasn’t expecting a call from you. I’m at work right now so why don’t we schedule some time for an official interview so we’ll both be prepared and I’ll be able to speak freely.”

    If the person says that they must speak with you right now you can say “I’m sorry but I’m at work right now so this isn’t a good time and I’m really not able to speak with you because I’m at work. Let’s schedule some time on the calendar”

    And then if they want to schedule time for that same day you tell them “I’m really very sorry but I can’t take an interview today, let’s look at tomorrow morning”. This gives you time to research the company. Unless you can get your research done the same day.

  3. catryn2013 says:

    Always happens with phone interviews. I try to buy myself some time by asking them to call me back in a determinate amount of time: “Hey, thank you for calling me; however, now is not a good time. Can you call me back in an hour?” It gives me time to freshen up and remember where I applied.

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