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Old 09-01-2010, 02:44 AM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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[quote=seain dublin;15710780]Your welcome. I have read your threads about your job and I think you got a raw deal at that halfway house.

In regards to this interview, they weren't interested in hiring the best person.

Unless they have multiple positions they waste everyone's time when they interview that many people.

Keep your chin up.[/
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Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:54 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Experience in the field in question helps.

The last place I worked that interviewed a whole bunch of people for the job was filling about 20-25 positions, so interviewing a 100 or so people to fill them wasn't really remarkable. I'd agree that if they interviewed 400 people or more for that many positions, it would have been.

Conversely, the last place I interviewed at (and was hired), I think I was the only person to come looking for the job. And they pulled a bait and switch on me. I expected to be getting a job as an assistant manager, instead they asked me to be a department manager over a department I really knew nothing about.

Produce? I don't even SHOP in the produce department!
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:18 AM
 
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It's possible it could be a complete fabrication. Imagine if they told you it was between you and ONE other person, but didn't get it?

To how your question of how to complete...During the interview, if you are asked "why should I hire you?". You say something along lines of, "I feel I am the best candidate for the job, I realize there are probably other candidates but I bring an additional quality, my passion for excellence (or whatever might fit towards the job) let give you an example." (then list one of your greatest career accomplishments). Most people answer that question "because I'm a hard worker" or something pointless like that.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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I often thought how many of the people do, that interviewing anything over 5 or 6 is a complete waste of time. But if they want to waste the resources on it, thats fine.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:27 AM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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Interviewing anything more than four or five people is ridiculous. Sounds like that HR person has nothing but time. I really don't know how an HR person would remember the best candidate after interviewing 39 people. In my life, I remember a partner in a law firm interviewing 10 women for a clerical position. He didn't keep notes, and there were two candidates with the same first name. He got them confused, and hired the wrong one. Nobody forgot about that one for a long time.

Having interviewed people for many years, all I can say is address each and every point succintly, that is listed by potential employers that falls under the heading of "the ideal candidate will have".

Don't become too discouraged, I am sure that you will find a job.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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They could have went with one of the last people who interviewed. Not the best person for the job.

When you interview that many people(and they start as early as 6am) people start to "blend together".

Even if someone took notes on the candidates, with that many people they can't keep them straight.

They most likely went with #35 who interviewed at 4:15pm.
Or maybe one or two candidates really stood out from the rest of the pack and made an impression on the interviewers.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Interviewing anything more than four or five people is ridiculous. Sounds like that HR person has nothing but time. I really don't know how an HR person would remember the best candidate after interviewing 39 people. In my life, I remember a partner in a law firm interviewing 10 women for a clerical position. He didn't keep notes, and there were two candidates with the same first name. He got them confused, and hired the wrong one. Nobody forgot about that one for a long time.

Having interviewed people for many years, all I can say is address each and every point succintly, that is listed by potential employers that falls under the heading of "the ideal candidate will have".

Don't become too discouraged, I am sure that you will find a job.

I rate each of you on a scale on a number of different factors. Highest scorer overall gets it.
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Experience in the field in question helps.

The last place I worked that interviewed a whole bunch of people for the job was filling about 20-25 positions, so interviewing a 100 or so people to fill them wasn't really remarkable. I'd agree that if they interviewed 400 people or more for that many positions, it would have been.

Conversely, the last place I interviewed at (and was hired), I think I was the only person to come looking for the job. And they pulled a bait and switch on me. I expected to be getting a job as an assistant manager, instead they asked me to be a department manager over a department I really knew nothing about.

Produce? I don't even SHOP in the produce department!
Well, you should. Vegetables are good for you.
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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You just never know. I had an interview today, but I'll only get the job if their bulls**t meter was broken.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Savannah, GA
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I just went on a interview today-90 people applied to it. It was advertised for one thing-when I got there it was another. Turns out it was working in a "sweat factory" area for laundry. Stamping marks on clothing and sheets. And it was a temp job for 4-5 months. Stand for the entire 8 hours. It really through me though that the application(why we bother with resumes is beyond me) if I'd graduated at least 5th grade. I wanted to cry right then. Are you serious? Talk about a step SO FAR backwards-why did I need a college degree! And the woman gave me the tour-I'd be the only English speaking person there. Well the job is out for me since I shattered my ankle(I'm a VESID client) and there's no way I can stand for 8 hours a day. It's really scary that many people applied for one job-only to find out it's really this when they get there. I welcome them to it.
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