bad interviewer behavior

company scheduled a phone interview by telling me to be available “the next couple of days”

July 21, 2014

A reader writes: A company scheduled a phone interview with me by sending an email saying this: “Thank you for your interest in our company. We have received your resume for the above open position. As part of our hiring process, our interview panel will be calling you during the next couple of days. We […]

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do not do these things, ever (employer edition)

June 12, 2014

Last week we rounded up some things that job seekers should not do, ever. This week, we have a version for employers. 1. Pressure candidates to resign without notice from their current jobs. 2. Insult candidates over email (by calling them “pushy, unnuanced, unaware, and unprofessional” and saying “I wouldn’t want you coming near a donor”) and […]

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my interviewer fell asleep — repeatedly — during our interview

November 4, 2013

A reader writes: I applied for a very promising job opening at a startup company and had my initial interview this week with the recruiter and one of the managers. They seemed to be very pleased with me, and the manager left me with the recruiter to talk about compensation, where he told me they […]

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was this interviewer a jerk or are my expectations off?

August 29, 2013

A reader writes: I left my most recent position as an assistant manager for a high-end specialty retailer last year in order to look for a position that utilized my degree. Well, I just got back from an interview for a recruiter position, and I guess I’m just wondering if what happened in the interview […]

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my interviewer said she was “disgusted” with my answer

August 15, 2013

A reader writes: I had a second job interview where the hiring manager asked me, “What are your biggest pet peeves in the workplace?” I shared that I get frustrated when people want to sit around and talk about things at length but never actually do anything. I lightheartedly explained that in Texas we had […]

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interviewers behaving badly — the world’s 8 worst job interviewers

August 6, 2013

I recently asked readers to tell us about the weirdest and worst job interviewers they’ve ever encountered. Today, I’m sharing my eight favorite stories over at the Fast Track blog by Intuit QuickBase — including the interviewer who asked a candidate to reprimand the rest of the interview team, the interviewer who really doesn’t like […]

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my interviewer keeps asking me to help with her work — but hasn’t offered me a job

July 18, 2013

A reader writes: I have recently come across a situation that has never happened to me in my 15 years working as a professional. I have a unique skill set within the HR community and I have recently been interviewing for a job at a new company. The director who I have interviewed with is […]

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recruiter flipped out when I asked about the company’s recent struggles

June 12, 2013

A reader writes: A while back, I was speaking with a recruiter and she mentioned a position at a company she felt would be a good match for my experience. When she forwarded the job description, I realized that I was familiar with the company and had actually interviewed there prior to accepting my first […]

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an employer sent me rude, critical emails but now wants to interview me

May 29, 2013

A reader writes: I work as an associate director for a Jewish nonprofit. I have been employed with this nonprofit for 5 years, and while I do love what I do, I have reached a glass ceiling as far as how high I can go. Although I am NOT desperate for a new job, I […]

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update from the reader whose interviewer asked her to rate the interview on a scale of 1-10

March 11, 2013

Remember the recent letter-writer whose interviewer wanted her to rate the interview on a scale of 1-10? Here’s her update. I just wanted to write to give you a quick update on what happened following the interview. HR called me today to inform me that they would not be pursuing my candidacy any further. The […]

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