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Old 06-27-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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I'm interviewing for a development program with a $3.2 billion company. Today I had to interview with someone from HR, and a District Manager. The interview started off great, and the DM slammed my current employer (WM). Asking question like do you have to repeat yourself to WM associates? Do they have problems understanding directions? The HR rep replied “I would think WM employees would have a difficult time at understanding directions.


The Dm slammed my choice of School (College) telling me how her son was going to Michigan St. How my school and the area I live in are a bad choice and a dead area compared to the corporate city. This interview was the worst, I was expecting more from a major HR company rep. I'm having second opinions. The company slammed my current employer so much I wanted to defend (WM). They also talked about my neighborhood in a negative way, and my choice of college. They told my WM was doing things illegally and against the law.


My next interview is with their boss; also they mention that they had no clue WM employed intelligent people. This has to be the worst interview I have ever had. Seems like the interview focused more on the negative side trying to tear me apart.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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My first thought is join the club. I think everyone on here has had bad expereiences with HR and interviews and the hiring process with them in general.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Bring a hidden audio recording device next and pass it along to your old boss.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:03 PM
YAZ
 
Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Well, MSU is a great party school.....

I'm having a hard time understanding your situation....mainly because I wasn't there.....

Sometimes hiring managers and HR will try to sway you to leave your current employer by bad mouthing them. And here we're advised to never bad mouth our current employers......

Interesting, eh?

Other times these HR folks and hiring managers truly despise your current employer (maybe they used to work there?)......it happens. And they have bad feelings towards them. They may be accurate (you want to leave), so I would just take it with a lot of salt.

I really try hard not to divulge where I'm currently employed unless it's absolutely necessary to describe my duties. In your case, I don't think it's an issue right now...as you landed an interview with their boss. If you don't get the job, it's a pretty safe bet it's because of where you are working now.

Good luck with the next phase....dazzle them with brilliance.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Wow, that is bad! Sorry you had the experience!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:05 PM
YAZ
 
Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Bring a hidden audio recording device next and pass it along to your old boss.
So much for being clandestine with your job search.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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As I am reading your post I would get pissed if that was me during the interview, but I would take a deep breath and walk out of the interview. I expect difficult interviews but being treated like trash I have little tolerance for these days.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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They could have been testing your reaction to a long string of negativity and improper comments to see if you keep your cool under pressure. Or they could just be dicks. Hard to say.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Folsom
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This happened to me once. I was moving to Northern California and I had 2 different interviews... One with the company from hell, and the other with the decent company. Once I got to my car, I broke down in tears. I had never, in 30+ years of my profession, ever, been treated so disrespectfully. Funny, within an hour, the recruiter was calling me with the "good" news that they wanted to hire me! Lol. The harassment continued when I negotiated for a higher salary, and while I put them on hold "to consider their offer", while I waited for the other offer to come through. So glad, as I did get a better offer. Years later, I've become friends with many of my peers who worked there and all said it really was awful. There was a huge exodus of staff.

Sounds like a hostile interview in which the goal is to see how you handle adversity. It's NOT personal at all! Sometimes you need to look beyond or below the line of questioning. I hope you were able to remain professional and calm. If your next interview follows this same attitude, you may want to reconsider working for this company.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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They could have been testing your reaction to a long string of negativity and improper comments to see if you keep your cool under pressure. Or they could just be dicks. Hard to say.
I don't think what you described is an either/or situation.
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