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Old 04-15-2008, 06:28 AM
 
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Yesterday I took the afternoon off to go to an interview. I spent quite a bit of time reading up about the company and preparing for the interview. I also went through some hoops to get the time off from work. Though it was all a waste of time because as soon as I arrived at the interview I could tell I was just going through the motions. After ten minutes the person who was interviewing me closed the meeting and escorted me out the door. I was scheduled to talk to her for an hour. What should I do in the future when I am escorted out so quickly?
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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Yesterday I took the afternoon off to go to an interview. I spent quite a bit of time reading up about the company and preparing for the interview. I also went through some hoops to get the time off from work. Though it was all a waste of time because as soon as I arrived at the interview I could tell I was just going through the motions. After ten minutes the person who was interviewing me closed the meeting and escorted me out the door. I was scheduled to talk to her for an hour. What should I do in the future when I am escorted out so quickly?
They probably had their candidate already and were just going through the process. It is unfortunate it worked out that way. You can't really do much about it.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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Make them regret ever even calling you and wasting your time by having an...episode.

Do badly executed backward somersaults down the hallway while making eerily realistic elk bugles, followed by a set of exhaustively energetic jumping jacks... really work up a sweat while reciting Richard Simmons' Sweating to the Oldies backwards until finally crumpling to the floor and weeping while you slowly but very obviously make a mess in your pants.

Or mix to your own personal taste, of course. Becoming the stuff of corporate interview legend really takes a lot of forethought and planning; but like any battleplan, you'll need to improvise on site.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:35 AM
 
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Sometimes, right off the bat, an employer senses something he may or may not like about you. Something you may have unknowingly said or in your mannerism that pointed him to do so. Sometimes that happens during interviews.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Chalk it up to experience and move on.

If someone cuts an interview short or doesn't seem interested, there isn't much you can do.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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It's better than having what you think is a great interview with a company and they almost promise you a job right then only to have them never call you back. So far I have had three interviews in the past couple of months and I was positive I would at least get an offer or another interview. Now I can't get these companies to even respond to an email.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:15 AM
 
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"They probably had their candidate already and were just going through the process. "
Yep, happened to me - really annoying. This is why I don't like to schedule interviews late in the day. Try to get in the earliest you can.

"they almost promise you a job right then only to have them never call you back."
Many times, the budget dries up. I have seen this at corps I have worked at. they will never call you up and tell you this though.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:27 AM
 
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Having interviewed hundreds of people, I can list any number of reasons:

1) As others said, the ideal candidate may have been identified already. They're continuing to interview because the deal hasn't been made.

2) Or it could be you. Did you dress appropriately? Did you look well groomed? Before you automatically reply, "Well, of course I was," you might want to ask a friend you trust who dresses well. Ask his or her honest opinion about your clothes and hair style. And then take that person's advice to heart. I'm honestly amazed at what some people wear to interviews. Or the fact that they're still clinging to a bad hairstyle. Or any number of other reasons.

3) How did you conduct yourself? Again, before you answer "professionally," examine what you said to start the meeting. Were you nice to the receptionist? Did you offer a decent handshake? Did you make eye contact? Were you outgoing and genuinely interested in the interviewer as a person? There are so many intangibles here that I can't begin to enumerate. However, all it takes is one mildly inappropriate response to ruin your interview.

4) Remember that the interview is about them, not you. Did you bone up on the company before walking through the door? Did you start the interview by asking questions about the company, about the interviewer, et al? Most people sit in interviews like scared rabbits. What impresses an interviewer most is a person with poise who is interested in the company for how he can help, rather than what he can get out of a job there.
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I agree with the other posters. Sometimes this is just the way it goes. The interviewing process ideally identifies the best candidate for the job. In reality, however, the interviewer's preferences are almost always going to come into play. Some people you will be "simpatico" with and others you will not. This has been my experience anyway. And sometimes it is other factors not related to you at all...things you can't control.

As cpg35223 posted above, just make certain that it's not you giving offense in some way, and take it from there.
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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In my previous field, we were required to widely advertise potential openings regardless of the level of the job and regardless of if we already had a candidate or not. To be honest, we'd go through the motions to satisfy requirements and then hired the person we'd already picked out. Game rules I'm afraid.
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