Unusual Mistakes in Job Interviews. Tips for Interviews,Video

Interview in seeking a Job is nerve-racking.

One is consumed by anxiety and it is in direct proportion to your need of the Job.

Many prepare with the help of self-help books , yet others with interview Technic.

I have found that both an interviewed and a Recruiter that it is best to be your normal self, be open, courteous,not over aggressive,no second guesses and be honest to say No when you do not know the answer.

I reproduce some unusual mistakes committed in the Interview.

  • Candidate brought a “how to interview book” with him to the interview.
  • Candidate asked, “What company is this again?”
  • Candidate put interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer that she had a date set up for Friday.
  • Candidate wore a Boy Scout uniform and never told interviewers why.
  • Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up ten minutes late.
  • On the way to the interview, candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped middle finger to driver who happened to be the interviewer.
  • Candidate referred to himself in the third person.
  • Candidate took off shoes during interview.
  • Candidate asked for a sip of interviewer’s coffee.
  • A mature candidate told interviewer she wasn’t sure if the job offered was worth “starting the car for.”

CareerBuilder Survey lists the following  findings.

  • Answering cell phone or texting: 77 percent
  • Appearing disinterested: 75 percent
  • Dressing inappropriately: 72 percent
  • Appearing arrogant: 72 percent
  • Talking negatively about current or previous employers: 67 percent
  • Chewing gum: 63 percent.”
  • So how can you avoid making mistakes – outrageous or otherwise – in your next job interview?Be prepared, says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “With preparation and practice, candidates can greatly improve their interview skills,” she says. Well-prepared job seekers are more confident, articulate and relaxed – and therefore less susceptible to error – than those who aren’t.


    Before your interview, research the company, conduct mock-interviews with friends and practice telling specific anecdotes that highlight your accomplishments, Haefner suggests.



Interviews by IT Companies.

I have few more experiences narrated to me.

There seems to be a pattern.

Someone calling himself/herself a Consultant calls up on Mobile the prospective candidate and informs him/her to be present at a certain location at a specified time for an interview.The ‘Consultant’s verification of the candidate’s proficiency is limited to asking the candidate on the phone whether they possess the requisite academic and professional experience.That’s all.

Of course they are kind enough to indicate the  Company’s name in some cases.

In others ,the information about the Company is also missing.

The same procedure is followed by email, excepting that the candidate has to call the ‘Consultant’.

The mail also asks you- ‘please circulate the email among your friends who may meet the requirements.’

On reaching the venue at the appointed hour ,normally nobody seems to be aware of the interview.

After about 1-2 hours the ‘Consultant ‘arrives and calls up the crowd(really) by name and sends them in,one by one.

Someone who normally collects the applications, does the same now(he is called HR Executive-I was  Professor Emeritus for a couple of Universities  for Management Course-once I chanced upon a youngster whom I taught the year that passed by, was running here and there and seems to be organizing/interviewing professionals who seemed to be  very competent-I asked him later what he was doing, he said his job was to collect applications!.)

Many a time the company, people never turn up in time,some times for weeks.

In certain case they inform the candidate, there was a mis-communication(addition to Queen’s English) and they are sorry and that they have no vacancy.

After this there usually are rounds and rounds,that depends on the urgency of the Company.

Though present all the time ,the HR man will come into the picture for negotiating salary,if indications have not been given already to the candidate-nomally, these are not given.

If negotiations are not through ,the process of discussing with the people who have already interviewed(?) him and another round starts.

Some good candidates get fed up and they never attend interviews and remain where they are despite lower salaries

Direct Recruitment by The Company.

One Project Manger,Technical Manger,Group Lead, and an HR man flies out ,stays in a Five Star Hotel for a couple of Days to interview two candidates, finalize one ,who leaves the Company in three months.

If you ask IT guys  about his practice, it is bench-strength,table-weakness,Human Resourcing!

Funny, it may seem, the market Leaders lead the pack in this crazy dance,among them IBM,TCS.

In March I was contacted by Microsoft and was asked to attend a written test at janakpuri at Meritrak center. They called me for the position of Associate consultant entry level. Fortunately I cleared the test and got the call to come for an interview at ambassador hotel on Saturday.

I was happy, excited and confident that I will crack the MS interview. 20-25 people were already there waiting for the interview. I had to wait for 2 hours for my first round of interview.

In first round he asked some recursion, .NET and Mathematics questions (the questions were pretty simple and could be easily answered). I was satisfied with answers I gave and the interview also seem so. The duration of this round was around 1 hour.

HR told me that I have cleared first round and will again have to wait for next round.

Then after a wait of around 3 hours, my second round of interview began, In which they asked me some questions about team handling, production issues, and some Microsoft tools…

This round went for another 40-45 minutes and then HR told me that they got a very good feedback from interview panel and I have to come next day for director round. I was very happy and called everybody, to share my MS interview experience.

Next day I had to wait for 4 hours for my director round. In this round few general questions were asked and then they suggested that I should try for associate consultant lateral level and for that I have to come to Hyderabad for hands on, they specified that this round will also be an elimination round I happily and confidently agreed.

HR told me that they will send me the tickets in another 2-3 days and I will have to fly on Friday.

But that Friday never came….


10 Job Hunting Strategies Guaranteed to Get You Arrested

Funny tips;it might work

Funny tips;it might work.Read the entire story.
The unemployment rate in the U.S. crested 10 percent last week, a milestone which underlines the hurt last year’s economic distress has placed upon the country. Including people who are involuntarily working part time, and those who’ve stopped looking for work entirely, experts say that a whole lot of people are now becoming uneasily familiar with the Drew Carey era on The Price is Right. Grim news indeed.

Signs of desperation amongst job-seekers have been hitting the front pages with increasing regularity. Last week a man made headlines when he attempted to apply for a job while robbing a Taco Bell at gunpoint. One wonders if he thought this was the ideal way to demonstrate he possessed the rock-stupidness all Taco Bell employees are expected to have? He wasn’t even given an application though, just turned aside by a restaurant manager who was apparently in possession of some pretty serious stones. “Beat me with your bare fists, or get the fuck out,” is one hardass hiring policy.

This incident did get me to thinking though. With so many job-seekers applying for so few jobs, there’s bound to be other ways to “think outside the box” like this when applying for jobs. And if not, then surely I could do something about it, using the prestige and influence that comes with being an Internet comedy writer. Frankly, I’d be delinquent if I didn’t use my position to encourage people to rock into Taco Bells without any clothes, “weapon” in hand.

After examining the existing literature, I observed that almost everyone offering advice for interviewees was saying the exact same thing. From this, I posited that as everyone out there is receiving the same advice for job seeking, ignoring that advice entirely would be a sure way for a job-seeker to demonstrate how they were an iconoclastic young firebrand; an asset to any organization. Or get people waving their dicks around Taco Bell. For me there is no difference.

So, I compiled a list of the most common pieces of advice out there, and then using the secret powers of four cups of coffee, I flipped them on their heads to come up with a list of advice sure to land anyone a job, even losers.


Conventional Advice: Research the company beforehand
Unconventional Advice: Research the fuck out of the company beforehand

research the fuck out of the company beforehand

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