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Old 08-31-2016, 04:42 PM
 
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Hi folks,!

After 34 interviews in my quest to be hired, today was one that gets in my book of records!!

Walk into the business, get escorted to an area to complete paperwork....( the same paperwork I had sent to them when I applied!). Ten minutes later in come the Two Interrogators....They receive the docs. Ask two questions and Bam! escort me out. They asked ball park wage expectation and Why I was terminated.
Both which were on the paperwork. Weird to say the least since each question was answered honestly and within the range of the job position.

I'm probably burning out from interviews yet it has become a pattern that "age" is the main factor.
Someone young, willing to take a low pay to get in the system. I happen to have the skills ...and maturity to work the tasks. My age though is over the hill...


Has anyone else had brief interviews? How did you follow up? I can't rightly say I want to send a thank you note since It was handled so abruptly.
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:44 PM
 
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I had an interview once at a govt place and they seem to bring people in to do an equivalent "phone" screen. Kinda dumb and waste of time. Luckly , I lived only a mile away and it was at 830am. I feel sorry for any sap that drove an hour to it and payed to park. I looked young and everyone looked retirement age, maybe it was reverse agesism
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:47 PM
 
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Or... They forgot that the interview from the day before was over!

Yeah been to the govt ones..
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Old 08-31-2016, 11:28 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Maybe I'm looking at this in the wrong way but ... I appreciate the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am interviews.
At least they made up their mind quickly and didn't waste much more of my time. I don't have to wonder whether there was something I could've done differently to get the job. I move on from these really quickly and don't give it much thought at all.
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Old 09-01-2016, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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Agree with Jay.

I much prefer the short interview if I'm not what the company is looking for. Feels much better than being strung along and fed all the BS when they don't want me in the first place.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Oh I have a good one. Called to a small office complex for an 11:00 AM interview. Arrive to the 3rd floor and met one other candidate there, who I proceeded to have a nice conversation with. We had both knocked on the office door but no one was there.

11:25 AM arrived. The owner/manager shows up (his photo was on the website) with a young woman holding his dry cleaning while he walks ahead wearing jeans and a tshirt. I stand up to approach and he stops, looks at me and the other candidate and sneers like he saw a pile of dead fish! He then slams the door shut without a word. I left. I was shocked and knew it was a waste of time. His actions, not even the lateness was all I needed to see. But......

2 hours later he called and left a message saying he was There at 11 AM and found out I left from the other candidate who stayed. I never called back. I consider it a "non verbal" interview that was short. What a dummy he was! Unbelievable and weird.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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I definitely prefer companies to be honest and cut interviews short if they realize you're not what they are looking for.

I had a recent experience of the opposite: I applied for a sales engineering job that requires some very specialized technical knowledge (I've always been on the technical side, never in a sales position before). First I went through three phone interviews: an HR screening, and two technical interviews with a sales manager and a sales VP.

Then they asked me to go onsite and create a sales presentation for a panel. It was a fairly complex topic, and it took me about a week to put it together. After the interview, they told me it was technically great, but they weren't sure about the "salesy" aspect of it.

So they asked me to put together a second presentation. And again, I spent at least one week researching it and working on it. Then I went back to give my second presentation. Same outcome.

In the end I didn't get the job, and I really wish they had told me no after the first presentation because putting together those presentations (while also having a full time job) took a lot of effort and time.

At least I learned sales isn't my thing and I ended up getting an offer from my #1 choice a week later (for a non-sales job).
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I definitely prefer companies to be honest and cut interviews short if they realize you're not what they are looking for.

I had a recent experience of the opposite: I applied for a sales engineering job that requires some very specialized technical knowledge (I've always been on the technical side, never in a sales position before). First I went through three phone interviews: an HR screening, and two technical interviews with a sales manager and a sales VP.

Then they asked me to go onsite and create a sales presentation for a panel. It was a fairly complex topic, and it took me about a week to put it together. After the interview, they told me it was technically great, but they weren't sure about the "salesy" aspect of it.

So they asked me to put together a second presentation. And again, I spent at least one week researching it and working on it. Then I went back to give my second presentation. Same outcome.

In the end I didn't get the job, and I really wish they had told me no after the first presentation because putting together those presentations (while also having a full time job) took a lot of effort and time.

At least I learned sales isn't my thing and I ended up getting an offer from my #1 choice a week later (for a non-sales job).
Are you sure they weren't trolling for free consulting/ideas? That happens quite a bit.
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Old 09-01-2016, 10:55 AM
 
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Thank you fellow posters who contributed. I noticed a few prefer the brief interviews. Wouldn't it behoove a company though to be more than just data mining if all they are looking for is on your resume?


I tend to see companies with brief consults to judge a book by its cover...without knowing the whole package. Part of being a good fit is in conduct and stature.

Wow to the poster that had the Business turn it around and make it seem that you were late or didn't arrive. A blessing in disguise that you saved yourself from such a business.

I suppose I am nieve as a poster made reference to business's also looking for free ideas at the cost of a persons skills....
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Nov3 do you think they saw how old you are which is why the interview was cut short? That's BS.
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