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Old 11-24-2015, 08:09 PM
 
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Compared to a working person who is interviewing, are the interviewers more critical and wondering why no other company hired you if you're unemployed and interviewing? Also, do the interviews tend to get more difficult for the unemployed as the interviewers try to more deeply vet your skills and experience?
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:11 AM
 
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I can only speak for where I work, but we ask everyone the same questions off a scripted list. A lot of people are unemployed or underemployed, so it doesn't factor into our hiring decision, or, as noted above, the questions asked.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:37 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Just being unemployed makes little difference, but the length of time unemployed can raise a big red flag.
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:00 AM
 
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many employers are biased.
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Old 11-28-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It just depends how liquored up the interviewer is. Later they can't read their sloppy notes or remember anything and you all have seen some of the people they hire at your work places.
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:27 PM
 
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When we've interviewed, we have asked the same questions of each applicant, regardless of their employment status. We do, however, sometimes speculate on the unemployment, particularly if it's been for a while. Unless the applicant says something in the interview to let us know why no job, we might make our own guesses based on the applicant's seeming competence or lack thereof (which is based on their responses to our questions). If the absence makes sense (e.g., time off to care for a child or a sick parent), it doesn't count against them provided they are still current in the field.
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Old 11-28-2015, 08:03 PM
 
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the interview questions should be the same if at a stand up company as HR will be wanting t see that everyone was treated the same. The questions, however, will be harder or easier by the judge of every applicant.
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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They should be about the same but then you have to take into consideration the hiring manager's biases (we all have them).
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:49 PM
 
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my interviews weren't but I have a pretty strong skill set at this point in my life. People can be unemployed for many reasons, I was always told that it was impossible to find work as an unemployed person but I am not sure that is true in this day and age.
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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When you start going on a couple interviews while unemployed and don't hear anything back, I can tell you its a huge confidence downer. That's why it's always better to interview while you have a job. Just more confident and charming in general. When you have nothing, it's hard to display that level of confidence to the interviewer.
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