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Re^5: On Interviewing and Interview Questions

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Aug 29, 2005 at 11:56 UTC ( #487383=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^4: On Interviewing and Interview Questions
in thread On Interviewing and Interview Questions

Then you would have missed out on a great employee. Twice.

About the first case. They asked me why I wanted a new job so soon. (I'd been at my previous job for 10 months.) My answer was that I was working for a churn-and-burn consultancy. Great for learning skills and getting work experience. Horrible for everything else. I'd actually survived there longer than average.

Luckily for me, the interviewer was familiar with churn-and-burn consultancies.

As for the second, you'd have completely missed the boat. I've already given the reason. I value work environment and co-workers more than I do the details of my job responsibilities. The details of the job responsibilities were virtually irrelevant (other than the fact that I was qualified to do them). What mattered was the opportunity to work with a group of competent people who get a lot done in a low-stress environment.

Luckily for me, the interviewers knew that they were offering what I wanted, and valued the same thing about their work situation.

Incidentally, if you are near Santa Monica, we're hiring. (Note what the ad says about the work environment. Believe it. It's true.)

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Re^6: On Interviewing and Interview Questions
by adrianh (Chancellor) on Aug 29, 2005 at 12:17 UTC
    My answer was that I was working for a churn-and-burn consultancy.

    Which is a very different answer from "I hate my job". You're saying why you don't like it.

    "I hate my job" is a lousy answer because you have to spend time separating the "I hate my job because my job sucked" group from the "I hate my job because I'm a complete ass" group.

    The "I hate my job" answer raises red flags with me too. In my experience people who say that are usually in the "ass" group.

      Actually I was not really saying why I didn't like it. I just gave an acceptable excuse which happened to be true.

      Would your impression have changed if I said that in 2 weeks I was going to be transferred to be working full-time under a manager at a client who I had grounds to file a sexual harrasment lawsuit against? I think that that answer would raise bigger flags for most employers than the original "I hate my job" answer!

      I'd intended to stick the place out a year. That was the proximate reason for my not doing so.

      But yes, I agree that "I hate my job" is a legitimate red flag. However I don't make nearly as big a black mark out of it as most people seem to (as long as there is a reason to hate the job).

        Actually I was not really saying why I didn't like it. I just gave an acceptable excuse which happened to be true.

        Well it would have worked for me :-)

        Would your impression have changed if I said that in 2 weeks I was going to be transferred to be working full-time under a manager at a client who I had grounds to file a sexual harrasment lawsuit against?

        Nope. That would have worked for me too. It would send some HR departments running scared I'm sure, but would you want to work somewhere where they run scared...

        But yes, I agree that "I hate my job" is a legitimate red flag. However I don't make nearly as big a black mark out of it as most people seem to (as long as there is a reason to hate the job).

        It's just the phrase "I hate my job" or variants of it. It's been my experience that people who say that first tend to be asshats. This seems to be other peoples experience too.

        Interviewers are only human, so it seems better to avoid phrases that might raise asshat flags. Give the reasons why you hated the job instead.

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