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Old 03-10-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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I had a really short interview this week, but it seemed to go well. They had a list of questions that they asked, and it was over in less than 15 minutes.

Any opinions or experiences with short interviews? Do you think they mean something good, bad, or could go either way?

I think they still have a few more interviews to go, if that factors in at all. They are also probably very busy.

Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:28 PM
 
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Well in my experience, short interview = bad.

But who knows. Every interview is different, there's no benefit to analyzing them too much, I don't think.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:00 AM
 
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Were you able to ask questions? Asking questions can show that you are interested in the company and that you have done some research prior to the interview.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:49 AM
 
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Well in my experience, short interview = bad.

But who knows. Every interview is different, there's no benefit to analyzing them too much, I don't think.
I agree.

While it's overall low odds, there's a chance the HR has determined they're going to interview 40 people in one day and in order to do so they have to do short interviews...
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:42 AM
 
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I had a really short interview this week, but it seemed to go well. They had a list of questions that they asked, and it was over in less than 15 minutes.

Any opinions or experiences with short interviews? Do you think they mean something good, bad, or could go either way?

I think they still have a few more interviews to go, if that factors in at all. They are also probably very busy.

Thanks!
I had an interview at Goldman Saks years ago that was like this. Your first interview was with HR and a series of questions, that lasted about 15-20 minutes. I don't remember being able to ask questions myself. They would then determine if they would call you back based on your answers.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:38 AM
 
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in my experience it is a crapshoot. i don't think it matters one bit.

i think the more complicated the job is, the longer the interview process will be for everyone, whether they get the job or not.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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I think it completely depends on the interviewer. Some people make up their minds quickly, sometimes they are squeezing in many, other times they have a lot to do besides interview.

There is also a reason to keep all interviews to the same length of time, ask all the applicants the same set of questions, if you give this person more time than that person it might seem like some kind of prejudice. Also if they scheduled 4 interviews in one hour, they may have to keep them all on schedule -- so if they extend your time by ten minutes, the others will be delayed.

It's not necessarily a bad sign, it depends on other factors.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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Were you able to ask questions? Asking questions can show that you are interested in the company and that you have done some research prior to the interview.
I was given the chance to ask questions, and I asked a few, and then they took the lead and wrapped it up, so I followed their lead and did not ask anymore questions.

They did give me their email addresses though, and they said if I had anymore questions, I could email (one of them).
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Thanks for all of your thoughts!

I think you are all correct in that it could be a bad sign, but it might not mean anything at all. I made up my mind that I am interested in the job, and that the boss would be great, based on the short time I was there, so who knows?

Time to write some thank you letters .....

Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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I've found that often they will do a short interview the first time around to immediately weed out those that seem better on paper than in "real life." Then they bring back the ones that they are interested in after that first interview for a more indepth interview.

So I'd say you still ahve a decent chance. Good luck!
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