Dealing with job interviews

In which I have to answer why I want this job.

Messy desk at work

A look over my CV would show that I am either a restless soul or in constant look for the next vocational opportunity. Within the space of 15 years of professional employment I have had 13 different roles. It is not that I contemplate leaving a job but more joining another.

It might also be because I love job interviews. In fact I have only recently completed a successful round of recruitment so rather than celebrate a departure I am enjoying the arrival at a new workplace. So I thought after being succesful in getting a new job it may be encouraging to others to see that not all interviews I have been to have been that plain sailing. Some have them have downright strange.

Here are a few things I have experienced over the years:

  • Being interviewed for a journalist job and being asked if I had an incriminating story about my father would I publish it? Apparently I answered wrong when I chose family over career.
  • Being told that I could have improved the pie chart I produced in an Excel test if I had made it 3D (you should never make 3D charts! especially 3D pie charts).
  • In an interview having to help the interviewer ask the questions as he had no idea what they meant.
  • Describing a pair of glasses as a ‘male brand’ before noticing the female interviewer was wearing that particular make.
  • Being hung over, unable to speak or hear yet still passing the first stage interview.
  • Asked why I had so many previous jobs and how they could be certain I would stay for more than a few years at the company…how then hired me and made me redundant 2 years later.
  • Handing in my notice two days before I had an interview for an internal promotion…which I was succesful for but then had to unhand my notice in.

I enjoy attending interviews, I think mainly as I enjoy performing and playing a role. I don’t believe the stuff I am saying (even if I am being true to my skills and ability) as I am not the kind of person to blow my own trumpet. Yet, for that 60 minutes I am playing the part of a super-confident individual who is born to ‘play’ that role.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If You Leave.”

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

5 thoughts on “Dealing with job interviews”

  1. I despise interviews because it’s all a game and while I know the rules, I don’t like playing the game. That being said, I rock at interviews. I’m great at them. As I said, I know the rules and can smile the smile and walk the walk with the best of them. I just need to go home and de-stress afterwards.

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    1. Mrs G has the same issues…but struggles to play the part and ends up blowing the chance. I think most job recruitment is simply knowing what to say and how to act, they all have this idea of asking awkward questions to see how you react whereas I find the hardest ones those who just let you talk.


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