High employment of minors

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?

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Just the job? When interviews go wrong!

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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?’

Jo Foat:

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!

You can’t beat a good bit of hypocrisy

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.