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Old 07-23-2018, 10:38 AM
 
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If you were offered a job during the interview, or right at the close of an interview -- before you even got up and left....please tell us about it.

What do you think you said that sealed the deal?
What was the situation surrounding the interview and offer?

Give all of the job seekers out there some inspiration.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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No. Never. Not once.

Back in my retail management days I did offer people jobs on the spot a couple of times. They were generally entry level clerk positions to people that were well qualified. In truth, I was usually more interested in a warm body to fill a rile than a particular skill set.
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Old 07-23-2018, 05:05 PM
 
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Yes, I have been. I think in the two cases it happened, they were sure they wanted me in the first place (knew of me already) and they were reasonably (or very) sure I wanted to work for them. I don't think I said anything that sealed the deal, so to speak. I think it was more that my credentials were a fantastic fit and I was personable and seemed like a good fit for the program in person.
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:02 PM
 
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Only in retail and sales.

The first time was at a holiday season hiring event. I remember being interviewed briefly after completing the computer application. While the department supervisors were reviewing the applications, we were all told about the store history, policies, what it’s like to work there. Once done, the various supervisors basically chose who they wanted out of the interviews and applications. They called the names of the chosen and the rest were sent home. We completed paperwork and started the following week.

Another retail job. Interviewed with the department supervisor. I was hired right there. Completed the paperwork before leaving.

Two different mortgage companies. Both managers recruited me. Each time, it was an informal chat. Each time, they wanted me to work for them. It’s easy to offer positions when you’re not paying anything much beyond a minimum wage and the rest is commission based on your closed deals. I had third mortgage company offer me a position as soon as I left the parking lot after the interview. The HR person called me with a salary plus commission offer, apparently I got all the math questions right. Didn’t take that one.

Oh, and for employment related to a city high school program. That was a call center ticket agent job. Two supervisors interviewed me at the same time and hired me there to start after school the following week. It was hourly pay, but I got bonuses if I sold them member packages or took so many orders.

Never for any professional, non-sales office roles.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:20 PM
 
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I work in skilled trade CNC machining. 5 years ago I left a job I had been at for 3 years for what I thought were greener pastures ($5 increase and other benefits) but it turned out to be a toxic environment with an owner who treated his customers worse than he treated his employees. (Yes, he's out of business now.) 6 months later I was out the door.

I went to another job that was almost as bad. 5 months later I was gone again. I went to another job a few days after that and it was decent but nothing too special... They let me go on day 89 of my 90 day probation.

The day they let me go I pulled up Craigslist and there was a listing for a job at a place right down the street from where I had just left on day 89. I called them up and they wanted to interview the next day. They apparently had some new machines in for a week or so and nobody had been hired yet to run them... they were sitting dormant.

I came in and was offered the job after about a 20 min interview. I didn't do anything but run a few sample parts to demonstrate I knew the machines and that was all it took.

I started at $70k and went to $75k after a year and just got bumped to $80k last month. This is an hourly position and being the only guy in the building that runs these machines I get unlimited overtime during the busy season... I just did 80 and 107 hours back to back. Crazy I know... but it's worth it to me. I made almost $50k last year in overtime alone.

All this from a job I found on Craigslist.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Yes. Probably 5 times, but I have a license as an R.N.
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:16 PM
 
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Yes, four times. I was a software developer and was interviewing for practice and just for fun. I declined each time because the salary that they offered me was unacceptable. I earned a salary that was well above what other companies were paying in my part of the country.
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Old 07-25-2018, 03:52 PM
 
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I'm joking when I say this, you're crazy...who interviews for practice?

I'm not getting dressed up, assuming my "please hire me" persona, and sitting through an interviewer's likely dumb-arse personality questions -- just for practice. No way.

The only time I job hunt (and interview) is when I already know -- I'm serious about it and -- I'm leaving.
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Old 07-25-2018, 04:45 PM
 
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I'm joking when I say this, you're crazy...who interviews for practice?

I'm not getting dressed up, assuming my "please hire me" persona, and sitting through an interviewer's likely dumb-arse personality questions -- just for practice. No way.

The only time I job hunt (and interview) is when I already know -- I'm serious about it and -- I'm leaving.
I interviewed to practice in order to see what was out there. I was also very shy when I was younger and wanted to prove that I could interview and get a job in spite of my shyness. The shyness was almost debilitating. I would dread going to work every day and was paranoid about how I would interact with others and what I would say and do. This would even have been for a job that I liked. Unfortunately, the IT jobs that I had were far away removed from tolerable, even if I were to be a social butterfly. However, my salary was very high and the job offers that I would get would not offer me much more in compensation. So I stayed at my last IT job for the money. 28 years.

It is interesting that as the years went by I grew less and less shy, now being self assured almost to the point of arrogance. I like the new me. I have a lot of ground to make up. But then, not really. I am still polite and friendly, but not afraid any more to be in front of others. Being retired from my pressure cooker of a job now, I am having the time of my life. I retain my youth despite being 62. I feel like I am 25 and look like I am 30 - 35. No gray hair, no wrinkles. Plenty of energy. I feel almost guilty to be retired. But then again, NO!

Oh, sorry for this rant. I guess it went in another direction. But that is the reason that I interviewed "for fun". What a life!
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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When I was younger and cheaper. I came out of many interviews with an offer.. or at the very least was told to expect an offer.

Now that I am a little bit older and have much more experience (IE cost more) that doesn't happen anymore.
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