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Old 02-12-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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I don't think you can make anything of it. Guy #3 was not prepared, so rather than drag it out for the full time he showed you the door. I view the short interview time as a poor reflection on him rather than on you. As far as the boss goes, you said he was chill, and he acted that way. Some people just like to talk. I had a director who regularly wanted to have a quick 15 minute meeting and he would regularly spend half an hour just talking about stuff before and after the topic of the meeting was discussed.
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Old 02-12-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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This was for a technical position at a lucrative firm. After 2 phone interviews, this one was onsite.

It started out normal. Met the recruiter (attractive woman) at the reception desk on one of their floors of the skyscraper, got a temporary badge, was given a schedule of 5 45-minute time slots and the names of the individuals I would be talking to during each of those time slots. Each of the individuals had their own office, so I was moving from office to office, sitting in the chairs facing these individuals at their desks.

The first 2 interviews went well. We had no trouble using up all the time talking and I felt like I gave excellent answers to all the technical questions and was given validation that they liked my answers.

Then comes the 3rd guy. Things started to go awkward with this guy. He didn't have any prepared questions, seemed to rapidly improvising a bunch of Programming Religion-type questions (my thoughts on certain styles of programming), wasn't really giving me any indication of whether or not he liked my answers. 30 minutes into the 45-minute interview, he kinda hurries me out and says we've gone past our time limit and that the next guy is ready for me. For whatever reason, he clearly had enough of me.

At this point I'm thiking that I might as well leave since I have been vetoed by guy number 3. In fact, I'm thinking they might show me the door now. Nonetheless the recruiter doesn't give me any indication that the interview is going wrong (I looked closely for any type of implicit signals between her and guy number 3 after the interview with him). Maybe this guy just hates interviewing people and wanted to get back to work.

I go into the 4th guy's office and the interview goes alright. Nice guy, general questions.

I go into the 5th guy's office. Nice, chill guy, doesn't tell me what type of role he plays in the department, but I later learn that he's like the main engineering manager. First question he asks me is, "So what did you think of our interview process? Do you think it was fair?" I told him that I had no idea overall and I hint at the fact that I don't think the interview with guy 3 went well. He gives me brief summaries of the roles of each of the people I met with and what their areas of expertise are. This somehow diverges into a tangent about his life story and management philosophies and new directions that the team is going. It was the strangest thing ever. At one point he was talking about how he's planning to cancel his cable television because there's enough entertaining stuff to watch on Youtube and how he likes to send the team funny Youtube videos that he finds. At another point he opens the blinds to show me what an awesome view he has from his office. We didn't really talk about the job at all. I chimed in occassionally to keep the conversation going.

Completely normal exit from the interview. I give my badge back, the recruiter asks if they need to validate my parking, tells me they'll get back to me in a couple days and to have a good rest of the week.

What can I make of this? To me, it went by so fast, was all a big blur. Why I thought it was strange is that the interview went south with guy 3 but seemed to recover. Is it possible to recover from a bad portion of a long interview?


If you "Had" given up by the third, you should have said right off the bat (It sounds like you're desperate for a job) that the third guy wasn't prepared it seemed, scattered questions which were sort of easy and not getting a good feeling for the job, requirements and such.

On the fifth, I'd have said "Oh yes, I understand that, the TV reports or shows you what OTHERS have decided you're to see" not reality...

I have had some interviews that included abduction by aliens.......Yep, some very strange people out there.
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Old 02-12-2016, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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This was for a technical position at a lucrative firm. After 2 phone interviews, this one was onsite.

It started out normal. Met the recruiter (attractive woman) at the reception desk on one of their floors of the skyscraper, got a temporary badge, was given a schedule of 5 45-minute time slots and the names of the individuals I would be talking to during each of those time slots. Each of the individuals had their own office, so I was moving from office to office, sitting in the chairs facing these individuals at their desks.

The first 2 interviews went well. We had no trouble using up all the time talking and I felt like I gave excellent answers to all the technical questions and was given validation that they liked my answers.

Then comes the 3rd guy. Things started to go awkward with this guy. He didn't have any prepared questions, seemed to rapidly improvising a bunch of Programming Religion-type questions (my thoughts on certain styles of programming), wasn't really giving me any indication of whether or not he liked my answers. 30 minutes into the 45-minute interview, he kinda hurries me out and says we've gone past our time limit and that the next guy is ready for me. For whatever reason, he clearly had enough of me.

At this point I'm thiking that I might as well leave since I have been vetoed by guy number 3. In fact, I'm thinking they might show me the door now. Nonetheless the recruiter doesn't give me any indication that the interview is going wrong (I looked closely for any type of implicit signals between her and guy number 3 after the interview with him). Maybe this guy just hates interviewing people and wanted to get back to work.

I go into the 4th guy's office and the interview goes alright. Nice guy, general questions.

I go into the 5th guy's office. Nice, chill guy, doesn't tell me what type of role he plays in the department, but I later learn that he's like the main engineering manager. First question he asks me is, "So what did you think of our interview process? Do you think it was fair?" I told him that I had no idea overall and I hint at the fact that I don't think the interview with guy 3 went well. He gives me brief summaries of the roles of each of the people I met with and what their areas of expertise are. This somehow diverges into a tangent about his life story and management philosophies and new directions that the team is going. It was the strangest thing ever. At one point he was talking about how he's planning to cancel his cable television because there's enough entertaining stuff to watch on Youtube and how he likes to send the team funny Youtube videos that he finds. At another point he opens the blinds to show me what an awesome view he has from his office. We didn't really talk about the job at all. I chimed in occassionally to keep the conversation going.

Completely normal exit from the interview. I give my badge back, the recruiter asks if they need to validate my parking, tells me they'll get back to me in a couple days and to have a good rest of the week.

What can I make of this? To me, it went by so fast, was all a big blur. Why I thought it was strange is that the interview went south with guy 3 but seemed to recover. Is it possible to recover from a bad portion of a long interview?
I'm just curious why you pointed out that the recruiter is an attractive woman? Yet no comment on whether or not the men who interviewed you are attractive.
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