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Old 08-12-2012, 04:59 PM
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I'd challenge you to come up with a process that help everybody to determine how a person would fit in a company's culture and he or she wouldn't have problem working with others.

Show me what you have. :-)


You will never know anyone's real personality during the interview anyway which is why the interview process has always been a joke. It's all about who can put on the BEST ACT and that's who get the job.

 
Old 08-12-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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You will never know anyone's real personality during the interview anyway which is why the interview process has always been a joke. It's all about who can put on the BEST ACT and that's who get the job.
To expand on that, once you get the job, you never REALLY know any of your co-workers' personalities. Everyone acts fake at work.
 
Old 08-12-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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To expand on that, once you get the job, you never REALLY know any of your co-workers' personalities. Everyone acts fake at work.

Very true. But what if the candidate express the undesirable traits even at the interview?
 
Old 08-12-2012, 05:11 PM
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To expand on that, once you get the job, you never REALLY know any of your co-workers' personalities. Everyone acts fake at work.
Well that's only until you get to know some of them and develop a relationship. But to the people who are not close to you at work yes they will be fake
 
Old 08-12-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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I've worked accounting jobs where I was accused of not being a team player and was treated like there was something wrong with me because I concentrated on my work and didn't socialize with the others. Go figure.

I have no idea why some companies want everyone to be buddy buddy with everyone. I always though the purpose of going to work was to work, not make friends with your co-workers.
I couldn't agree with this more. I've had jobs in the past where I was ridiculed just because I'm quiet and tend to keep to myself, despite the fact that my work and productivity were impeccable. I'm grateful to no longer be in that kind of environment.

I am an introvert, and I also don't like mixing work with my personal life. I've never been one to hang out after hours with co-workers. Sorry, but colleagues do not automatically become my close personal friends just because we work together. I am very good at my job, but I'm not one who participates in idle office chit chat. I think so many people don't understand those of us who don't socialize all the time because the majority of folks in the workplace are extroverts. They thrive on being around other people and many of them talk incessantly and think you're a complete weirdo if you don't talk much.

People often tend to ridicule anything that seems different to them instead of using it as a learning opportunity. Introverts are pretty much forced to learn about extroverts because they are the majority and we have to interact with them all the time. But many extroverts have no desire to take the time to truly learn about and understand introverts. They just make assumptions and judgments based on very limited knowledge. So if some perfectly nice introvert comes in and just wants to focus on their work instead of feigning interest in what their co-workers' plans are for the weekend or how their kid's soccer game went, then that person gets treated like something is wrong with him/her. More people need to accept that we are all different, and not being a perky chatty cheerleader does not mean that you won't be a good employee.
 
Old 08-12-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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As I posted, I do not expect a "perky" chatty person. I just expect someone who is willing to be friendly.
 
Old 08-12-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Please define this "able to present themselves professionally while at the interview."

How can this be measured so that we can compare?

In addition, how can we measure the ability to work in a team?
Comes in punctually with appropriate attire, displays politeness, does not say inappropriate things in other words isn't a complete putz. If they cannot at least accomplish that then yea there is an obvious problem. Beyond that you really can't tell.
 
Old 08-12-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Comes in punctually with appropriate attire, displays politeness, does not say inappropriate things in other words isn't a complete putz. If they cannot at least accomplish that then yea there is a problem.
And by your definition, with some of the things OP has said, it would seem more than fair to believe OP would not meet your standards.
 
Old 08-12-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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I'm really undecided on these things I would agree interviews are somewhat non technical in nature but after working with a few difficult peopele I feel they are impt to weed out those who are absolutely miserable to work with who many people will avoid(which makes them less efficient) and some will even quit(I have considered it).
Plus when u say your interviewer couldn't do your job so she shouldn't be interviewing. If she could why would they need you?


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Old 08-12-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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Agreed. If the HR people can't do the tech jobs, and the techs absolutely can't hire for possibly other than tech positions, I am thinking BOTH are important.
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