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Old 06-23-2010, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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At Panera Bread.

I was in Columbus visiting and at the next table 2 ladies were conducting an interview with a young lady. I was listening (you know, curiosity got me) and the interview didn't go well for the young lady. She was in over her head.

So after the interview the two ladies started gossiping and badmouthing the girl very loudly. They even tore up her resume and said, "Thanks for wasting my time." This was after she was gone. They also said, "Jeez, she could have at least worn a business suit, what did she think she was coming for?"

It just rubbed me the wrong way. I think that gossiping is very unprofessional, but in a public place, it's far worse. The young lady clearly put her best effort in, the least they could have done is shown her respect and discretion.

Ugh, 2 complaining threads in a day, I'm about to sound like another poster here
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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I agree, it is extremely poor form to badmouth other people, especially in public, especially about someone who is already in a position of vulnerability as in a job applicant.

And she may have filled out the application but THEY are the ones who called her for the interview, so they wasted their own time!

Was this an interview FOR Panera, or were they just using the Panera store for the interview location? If the former, I'd write to Panera corporate and tell them what you witnessed. Its extremely poor PR for their management to behave in such a way.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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Unfortunately, this is a good example of how things have changed from even just 10 years ago. I see this all too often myself... and often inside the office!

I think anyone trying to get hired should wear a business suit unless told otherwise, or unless it is an industry standard not to in a particular field. So I'd say the young girl was a little shy of her best efforts.

Bottom line: The people conducting the interview are hardly management material. Quite immature at the least.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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The interview was at Panera, I would guess it's a woman owned small business...
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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How old were the ones doing the interview, they sound very immature.

I would call their corporate office and report what you saw.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:19 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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At Panera Bread.

I was in Columbus visiting and at the next table 2 ladies were conducting an interview with a young lady. I was listening (you know, curiosity got me) and the interview didn't go well for the young lady. She was in over her head.

So after the interview the two ladies started gossiping and badmouthing the girl very loudly. They even tore up her resume and said, "Thanks for wasting my time." This was after she was gone. They also said, "Jeez, she could have at least worn a business suit, what did she think she was coming for?"

It just rubbed me the wrong way. I think that gossiping is very unprofessional, but in a public place, it's far worse. The young lady clearly put her best effort in, the least they could have done is shown her respect and discretion.

Ugh, 2 complaining threads in a day, I'm about to sound like another poster here
That is very unprofessional. I'm grateful that folks interviewing me demonstrated professionalism ... at least within my presence. I do recall a recent bizarre interview experience where I was given 30 minutes to type a response to a question prior to the interview. After I finished, I was escorted to another location and advised to take a seat in the waiting area. My escort then knocked on the door and give the panel my response. During the 15 minute wait, I could hear the panel inside the conference room laughing and carrying on. I felt that was unprofessional and it gave me second thoughts about working for that organization. I was even wondering if they were laughing at my response!
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:37 PM
 
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That is very unprofessional. I'm grateful that folks interviewing me demonstrated professionalism ... at least within my presence. I do recall a recent bizarre interview experience where I was given 30 minutes to type a response to a question prior to the interview. After I finished, I was escorted to another location and advised to take a seat in the waiting area. My escort then knocked on the door and give the panel my response. During the 15 minute wait, I could hear the panel inside the conference room laughing and carrying on. I felt that was unprofessional and it gave me second thoughts about working for that organization. I was even wondering if they were laughing at my response!

Wow.... my palms would be sweaty as hell after going through that! It's tough enough sitting at an interview. Thinking that you were just laughed at right before it? Harsh!
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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That is very unprofessional. I'm grateful that folks interviewing me demonstrated professionalism ... at least within my presence. I do recall a recent bizarre interview experience where I was given 30 minutes to type a response to a question prior to the interview. After I finished, I was escorted to another location and advised to take a seat in the waiting area. My escort then knocked on the door and give the panel my response. During the 15 minute wait, I could hear the panel inside the conference room laughing and carrying on. I felt that was unprofessional and it gave me second thoughts about working for that organization. I was even wondering if they were laughing at my response!
That would have made me extremely uncomfortable. I might have even got up and left. That's very bizarre.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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At least they showed up!

I had a job interview at a local coffeehouse and was there for almost 2 hours before I finally go a hold of someone at the company. They then told me that there would be no interview. No phone call, no sorry, nothing.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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At least they showed up!

I had a job interview at a local coffeehouse and was there for almost 2 hours before I finally go a hold of someone at the company. They then told me that there would be no interview. No phone call, no sorry, nothing.
Damn, I would have let them have it!
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