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Old 10-14-2018, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Ever have a super bad interview? I had two phone interviews last week for a position I've been in the interviewing process for over five weeks and it had been going well. Well, the phone interview with one of the offsite managers was so horrible, it was almost unbelievable.

Basically this manager was totally dead set against me and said a number of condescending, insulting things, lies, even ageist remarks like asking if I could handle technology and excel. Gee, no, I still use an abacus, sorry. This person also asked questions about travel and I could tell she was trying to figure out if I had children or not to determine how much she could bully and harass me into overwork and overtime.

They insulted and questioned me on my prior work experience, my education, my goal of obtaining work related licenses and technological skills and treated me as though I was a total loser. Any thing I said, she'd argue with me and made it sound like I wasn't fit for this job.

This manager even told lies trying to get me to not want the position. They claimed duties that I knew I wouldn't have to do, at least not at the level I would be coming in at.

Well, guess what? It worked! I am no longer interested in this job. I do NOT want to work with that workaholic, bitter, angry, lying weirdo. I saw her picture on LinkedIn and she looks insane as well.

It's too bad because I had applied as a contractor, met some people from the local office which is less than 10 minutes from my house, and they seemed like normal people. They liked me and one of those managers asked if I'd consider a full-time position instead of being a seasonal contractor.

Due to the change in position type, I had to go through more rounds of interviews, which is why I had these additional phone interviews with these nut jobs. I have a suspicion they are H1b visa employees, overworked so much that they're now totally out of their minds.
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:20 PM
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Yes. Thank God you found out before. Move on.
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Old 10-14-2018, 09:21 PM
 
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The employer must also understand that they are under the microscope as well. The potential employee is judging and deciding on how to proceed.
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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Sorry you had a bad experience. Do the world a favor and document this on Glassdoor to warn other job seekers to steer clear of this horrible place.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:03 PM
 
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Be thankful they didn't put on a fake show to lure you in
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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Agree with all the above points. When I was younger and first starting out. But I am mostly able to sniff these types out before the in-person interview. Glassdoor is also a huge time saver.
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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It was a bait and switch and complete time waster. I turned down other jobs waiting for this one.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:30 PM
 
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One thing I was pretty shocked about when I started to interview after my long layoff and getting my second degree, compared to when I was interviewing after my first degree, was just how rude and snobby the interviewers where. They would literally talk down to you. I never ran in to that before. It was actually pretty shocking to me. I was also pretty shocked at just how blatant hiring managers where when it came to ageism. Many didn't even try to hide it.

Taffee72, I hear stories like yours all the time now.

I am not exactly sure what happened, but hiring managers bring you in to fail today, instead of concentrating on why you would be a good hire.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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One thing I was pretty shocked about when I started to interview after my long layoff and getting my second degree, compared to when I was interviewing after my first degree, was just how rude and snobby the interviewers where. They would literally talk down to you. I never ran in to that before. It was actually pretty shocking to me. I was also pretty shocked at just how blatant hiring managers where when it came to ageism. Many didn't even try to hide it.

Taffee72, I hear stories like yours all the time now.

I am not exactly sure what happened, but hiring managers bring you in to fail today, instead of concentrating on why you would be a good hire.
I've never experienced such rude interviewing encounters before. Normally interviewers are just polite and ask questions/listen and it's a professional exchange.

I haven't ever had someone shouting me down, arguing my answers and debating everything I say before.

It was really bizarre.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Agree with all the above points. When I was younger and first starting out. But I am mostly able to sniff these types out before the in-person interview. Glassdoor is also a huge time saver.
I had expected and anticipated people from this company to be smugly pretentious and judgmental, but not outright insulting. That is what really shocked me.

And the local guys I met with were not like this at all. But I live in a blue collar town with an underdog mentality, so people here tend to be more down-to-earth.

This is a big international company, so you can really only go by the Glassdoor reviews pertaining to a particular office, not the company as a whole, and this local one doesn't have any reviews. I didn't know about also having to deal with this other bigger office until I had my phone interviews.
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