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10/26/2015
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Comic: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews

Sometimes you can say things in an interview that sound scarier than you intend.

How hard is it to get a little night-shift work without anyone mentioning stakes?

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio
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Susan Fourtané
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2/5/2016 | 1:09:19 PM
Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
Stacey, if you have not checked Evernote, I recommend you to have a look. There is a Basc level that is free. You can use Evernote to stay organized across your devices. Susan
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1/1/2016 | 5:57:24 AM
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That's true, Stacey. Several times I find myself overlooking inportant emails in a full and messy inbox. Now I upgraded Evernote and will start sending into and organizing some emails on Evernote. -Susan
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12/1/2015 | 12:39:08 PM
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Stacey, 

Maybe they didn't read your cover letter, or just read part of it. 

-Susan
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11/1/2015 | 7:17:31 AM
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Brian, 

In economics, you can easily follow patters and correlations because you are mainly dealing with mathematics and facts that follow certain logic in the realm of how economics work as a whole. There, you can look into historical data, and then you might use also predictive analytics to forecast an economical outcome that may be at enterprise or global level. 

However, when you want to understand the dynamics that govern the interactions between employers and potential employees you can't rely on the same principles you used in economics. Here, you need to look into socio-dynamics. Yet, it's not as simple as it sounds due to the fact that every individual is govern also by unstructured bits, i.e. emotions and feelings. These are not always conscious, thus is not easy to predict how it will mix with the aspects of the interview. Then we should look into how emotional intelligence works. 

What you say about the screening process is interesting, indeed. In part, all that might have led to the present interwing stage mode. Why? Because time is money, and employers surely want to shorten the time it takes them to select a potential employee. Therefore, all the individual characteristics and values of an applicant will be sadly ignored since having a real and personalized interview with 100 applicants leads to a longer process. 

So, they simplify the process by using the "right questions and answers" format that, at the end of the day, serves no one since it's just a matter of performing an act, please the interviewers so they don't have to do any extra thinking, which will lead to checking the right boxes that will give the right points to the lucky applicant. Some robot interviewers could do a better job. 

-Susan 
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11/1/2015 | 6:23:01 AM
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Impactnow, 

Indeed. Do you know since when the interviews became staged? All that about "all the right questions and answers" only generalize and categorize people in tiny little boxes. It has nothing to do with honesty, real capacity or professional experience of the interviewee, and only leads to demonstrate how good or bad actors they are. So, instead of being themselves they go online and study some of those "right answers" to the questions everyone knows will be asked. 

-Susan 
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11/1/2015 | 5:53:02 AM
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Sunita, you were bullied and made fun of during the interview? I don't think I would like to work in a company like that. Did you accept the offer? How was it to work there? -Susan
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11/1/2015 | 5:43:40 AM
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Stacey, next time you might want to make sure you and the interviewer are talking about the same thing before going. -Susan
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10/31/2015 | 11:42:59 PM
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Joe every few years there is a new process or test that is supposed to determine the best candidate they are all just the fad the time. Unfortunately until the interview and screening process becomes more honest on both sides we will still have disappointing results. It truly still is trial and error.

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10/31/2015 | 11:44:21 AM
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Stacey, It was really bad youhad to commute two hours for nothing, But think about it, what does it tell you about the company that the HR person didn't quite know what "telecommute" meant? The person didn't bother to open an online dictioary either. Remember when time ago there were plenty of articles and discussions around telecommuting? Aparently, the person didn't read any of those articles either. -Susan
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10/31/2015 | 5:33:01 AM
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It often really depends on the interviewer -- HR or not.  With the rise of explicitly designed "behavioral interviews," however, it's become a much more frustrating process in some cases.
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