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Old 08-22-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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The phone interview that I had about a month ago seemed to go well. I never got to the face to face interview and just recently received the rejection e-mail. Because I thought it went so well, I kept really thinking that they were running really behind in their hiring process. Now I'm dissecting "what went wrong". Because I worked at their company before, she asked me why I left their company. I said "more compensation" at the new job- this was a sales job after all. I also said that the new position was an opportunity that I "had always wanted to do." Then again, was this really such a great answer? Believe me, it could've been something else, but my inexperience at interviewing does not help me.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:03 PM
 
Location: California
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The phone interview that I had about a month ago seemed to go well. I never got to the face to face interview and just recently received the rejection e-mail. Because I thought it went so well, I kept really thinking that they were running really behind in their hiring process. Now I'm dissecting "what went wrong". Because I worked at their company before, she asked me why I left their company. I said "more compensation" at the new job- this was a sales job after all. I also said that the new position was an opportunity that I "had always wanted to do." Then again, was this really such a great answer? Believe me, it could've been something else, but my inexperience at interviewing does not help me.
What you told the interviewer is that you found a job that paid better, so you took it, and that the money was more important to you than the company, the culture, the people that you worked with, etc. You also told the company during the interview that what you had always wanted to do was at the other company. So, in essence you told an employee of company A that you left company A for company B because company B gave you the opportunities you always wanted. why in the world would they want you back with those answers?

I am guessing I don't really need to say more to make it clear why you were rejected.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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This is the part where I lie. I tell them that I was in the process of moving to another job for a change of scenery, but a hiring freeze prevented my start. Then I just say my old job wasn't happy about me leaving, so I didn't go back. Even if it's true. Try to sit down and really think of some good default answers for some of these questions. I was actually shocked when I went to interview at the job I currently have and the manager asked me if my previous job was as bad as
my former coworker who also works at my new job says it was. I guess some interviewers think differently.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:13 PM
 
Location: California
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This is the part where I lie. I tell them that I was in the process of moving to another job for a change of scenery, but a hiring freeze prevented my start. Then I just say my old job wasn't happy about me leaving, so I didn't go back. Even if it's true. Try to sit down and really think of some good default answers for some of these questions. I was actually shocked when I went to interview at the job I currently have and the manager asked me if my previous job was as bad as
my former coworker who also works at my new job says it was. I guess some interviewers think differently.
This isn't the person asking about answering a "why did you leave your last job" this person is asking about dealing with telling the interviewer why they left the company they are currently interviewing with. Left Company A, decided it was an oops, now interviewing with company A to return.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:22 PM
 
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This isn't the person asking about answering a "why did you leave your last job" this person is asking about dealing with telling the interviewer why they left the company they are currently interviewing with. Left Company A, decided it was an oops, now interviewing with company A to return.
Ah, I see. I misread
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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I personally don't have a problem with candidate telling me "I left XYZ for more money."

We need to take care of ourselves. Expecting our company to take care of us is a pipe dream. If the company doesn't want to step up with the pay, then please don't expect loyalty from its employees.

There must be something else that failed you. Next time you may want to answer "career advancement" instead of "more money."
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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What you told the interviewer is that you found a job that paid better, so you took it, and that the money was more important to you than the company, the culture, the people that you worked with, etc. You also told the company during the interview that what you had always wanted to do was at the other company. So, in essence you told an employee of company A that you left company A for company B because company B gave you the opportunities you always wanted. why in the world would they want you back with those answers?

I am guessing I don't really need to say more to make it clear why you were rejected.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda. At the time, it did seem like company B would offer more opportunities. I should have mentioned what you suggested about leaving friends, wonderful corporate culture (which would have been a big lie circa year 2000 when I left). It was wrong to say "something that I always wanted to do" about company B. It popped in my head because I've always heard so many others say that they wanted to do it, (thinking that it's the perfect job). It might have helped had I mentioned that Co A's industry was said to be in decline back in 2000 and Co B's industry was a higher growth industry- which would have been true at the time.
I don't interview well, and usually don't get better until I've got some practice. But I am very good at what I do, that I'm very sure of.

Your points are well taken however, bunny. I'm going to write a "resurrection letter" and explain the mistake of leaving Co A and admiring the company culture, etc along with some other things. I would certainly be no worse off in doing so.

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: California
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I think that is the issue though. Money is a motivating factor, but we have all (at least I have) had the job that was so awful there was not enough money to get us to stay. I know I have also taken a pay cut for an improvement in quality of life. Money, while a motivator, should not be the ONLY reason. And when an applicant states the money is the reason, well, that person seems like a person who isn't making intelligent and well-thought out opinions.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:25 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I;m a little confused here.


If the OP was already an employee at the company in the past then why was he being interviewed like he was a outsider?-lol There shouldn't have been a phone interview if he left on good terms. I winder how long ago it was when he was an employee?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: California
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WHy wouldn't there be an interview? You leave a company, you go somewhere else, and if you want to come back you interview.
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