Recruiter: Oh yes, one last thing. Just send us a selfie when you get to your interview.
Recruiter: You just need to text or Whatsapp us a selfie when you’re at the office safely.
Me: No, I’m not going to send you a selfie, that’s just bizarre!
Recruiter: It’s our policy.
Me: It’s not law though so I’m afraid I still won’t be sending you a pre-interview selfie.
Me: Copy my LinkedIn photo if you desperately need my photo.
Recruiter: …and so it’s a really casual environment. The men tend to turn up in shirts and jeans and the girls turn up in all sorts, from dresses to jeans!
Me: So what do the women wear?
A recruiter calls to prep me for my upcoming interview:
Recruiter: …and if they ask you what your greatest weakness is think of a negative and turn it into a positive!
The recruiter is being very patronising – this isn’t my first rodeo by any means.
Recruiter: And what were you planning on wearing to the interview?
Recruiter: Ahahaha yeah good but seriously, what were you thinking of wearing?
The BBC has a fascinating article today, titled “Just the job? When interviews go wrong!” featuring some of the worst interviewing experiences that people have had.
These include Katherine Irvine, recruitment consultant:
She was then asked: “What do you think? Do you think you’re too old?”
Kevin Helton, ex army:
The interviewer asked, ‘You used to be in the Army, how many people have you killed?’
The interviewer brought out a large straw hat.
“Put this hat over your face and tell me why I should give you a job,” he said.
“Why do you want me to do that?” she said.
He replied: “In my experience, pretty girls like you rely too much on their looks.”
The BBC article lists the questions that you should never be asked during an interview and offers suggestions on how to push back if they crop up.
Well worth a read!
Recruiter: Hi, so I saw your CV on [well known recruitment site] and it looked like a perfect match for a role that [company] is trying to fill so I sent it over to their hiring team and…
Me: Wait, what? You already sent over my CV?
Recruiter: Yes and the feedback is really positive and…
Me: Hold up. You can’t just give my CV out to people without my permission! What if I’d already applied to [company] or I had reasons I’d never want to work for [company]?!
Recruiter: Sorry, we like to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
Me: That’s incredibly inappropriate. Please rescind my application from [company] at once.
Recruiter: But they really want to interview you!
Me: I have no interest in applying for them.
Recruiter: They’re a really good company to work for.
Me: They’re an hour and 45 minutes commute away.
Recruiter: Oh. Yeah, sorry.
I just know that the recruiter will have misinformed the employer as to my reasons for rescinding my candidacy.
Interview. In the UK it’s standard to have long notice periods of generally at least one month.
Interviewer: Right so we only have a couple more questions at this point. How long is your notice period at your current job?
Me: Two months.
Interviewer: Two months?! Any chance you can get that down to one month?
Me: I can always ask at the point I hand in my notice, however obviously I can’t give any guarantees as it’s clearly written in my contract. What’s the notice period here, out of interest?
Interviewer: …. two months.
Recruiter: Well according to the experience on your CV you are just what they are looking for. You even have experience in [new technology] that they are really hoping to move into in the next year. You’re the best match I’ve seen so far.
Me: That’s great to hear.
Recruiter: Now the position pays between £50,000 and £60,000 but I’d like to send you across at £35,000.
Me: But the position pays more than that.
Recruiter: To be honest, you just don’t have the experience.