Job interviews that got away
Want evidence that not being prepared for an interview
can do you in? Here are a few sad-but-true tales of interview no-nos.
Annette Hoffman, a career counselor with Career Development
Services in Rochester, N.Y., tells this anecdote about the importance
of checking on details.
A woman lied to her current boss in order to get the
morning off for a job interview in a town an hour away. She claimed
she had a funeral to attend. What she didn't find out ahead of time
was that the interview was an all-day affair. She ended up having
to call her boss in the middle of the day and give additional lies
about how distraught everyone at the funeral was and how she was
driving some relatives home, and on and on. While this might not
have affected the interview, it could have wrecked her relationship
with her present employer.
Jennifer Maxwell Parkinson, president
of Look Consulting International in New York, advises always planning
for the unexpected -- even the weather.
A man was nearly guaranteed a job before his interview.
But he didn't prepare for the weather -- and he didn't take a minute
to pull himself together in a bathroom before the interview. He
was a wet, disheveled mess when he met the interviewer. The potential
employer didn't give him a job.
Marjorie Brody, author, speaker, trainer and president
of Brody Communications Ltd. in Elkins Park, Pa., relates this tale
about not preparing your clothes ahead of time.
A man bought a brand-new shirt for his upcoming interview.
The problem is he didn't take it out of the package until he was
dressing shortly before his appointment. The shirt was covered in
sharp creases. He figured it would work out because he'd be wearing
his jacket over the shirt. Unfortunately it got hot at the long
interview, and he was encouraged to take off his jacket. He eventually
did and watched the reactions to his unprofessional look.
Finally, Brody gives us a great lesson about burning
bridges instead of building them.
After receiving hundreds of resumes for an opening
in her organization, Brody sent e-mails or letters politely saying
"thanks but no thanks" to those she chose not to interview. One
fellow responded by e-mail, saying, "I wouldn't want to work for
a woman anyway. See ya, wouldn't want to be ya." This rude response
will hurt his future job hunting, especially with anyone who might
know Brody. Not surprisingly, she is more than willing to reveal
the man's name and university to anyone who is interested.