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The boss showed me the shop floor, complete with loose floor tiles, out-of-date equipment and prospective colleagues eyeing me like a raw steak. "Christ, what a craphole", I said. I think that's the moment I blew it. Tell us how you didn't get the job.

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(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 13:06)
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We were interviewing for a studio manager, and had whittled the list down to a final three. Second stage was with myself and the Marketing Director, nice chap, very sharp. We had one bloke come in who was great on paper, and who came across well. Chatty, confident, everything going well until MD asked his trademark final question.
"so, you're going to be managing 12 people and it's a pretty close knit group. If we were to get 12 of your best friends together and ask them to describe you in just one word, what would that be?"
We had had some creative answers to this in the past, and it really did a lot to sort the wheat from the chaff. He sat there, and mulled it over. Then a flash of inspiration! His face lit up, he grinned broadly and proclaimed ...

He seemed really pleased with how he had done, and chased us on a response for weeks.
(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 15:51, 15 replies)
If 12 of ones bests mates came out with anything else other than something along those lines, then they're probably gay.

(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 16:08, closed)

(, Fri 22 Nov 2013, 9:04, closed)
I honestly don't see what he did wrong.

(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 16:38, closed)
He clearly failed to appreciate he was being interviewed by a pair of humourless twats.

(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 16:42, closed)
That said, I probably wouldn't choose to employ a self-identifying "lolwaki" type, either.
(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 16:52, closed)
I, too, fail to see how this resulted in a bad mark for him.
Blokes that flatter other blokes are called salesmen, and need to be shot.
(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 16:51, closed)
That is a shit interview question and is only ever asked by incompetent cunts.
Just saying, like.
(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 16:55, closed)
There's going to be a veritable smorgasbord of irrelevant or downright illegal interview questions this week.

(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 17:09, closed)
Asking about what colleagues, friends, family, customers would say about you allows a level
of personal reflection, especially if the questions are spattered throughout a structured interview allowing the interviewer to see if the personal reflection is consistent. To ask for one word is idiotic and the MD probably read it in a lol Reader's Digest article.
(, Fri 22 Nov 2013, 9:01, closed)
I'd have given him the job

(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 16:57, closed)
It sums up what's crap about job interviews.
All the bollocks that's talked. I hate interviewing for low level jobs when they ask you why you want the position. Because I need to eat and pay the bills is the answer. I know it, and I know they know it, yet you still have to talk a load of crap about enjoying team work and the job satisfaction you get from stacking shelves/ answering phones/ packing boxes.

Wanker is the true answer, but you have to say loyal or team player, then cringe because you know it's bollocks, and more annoyingly you know the interviewer also knows it's bollocks.
(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 18:00, closed)
You don't understand reflexive pronouns.
Are you the receptionist?
(, Thu 21 Nov 2013, 18:54, closed)
12 best friends, what is this kindergarten.

(, Fri 22 Nov 2013, 8:58, closed)
I'd have said "woof and meow"
What a fucking question.
(, Fri 22 Nov 2013, 11:35, closed)
So, let's just quickly recap:
(a) was excellent on paper
(b) aced the interview process
(c) answered the "trademarked final question" with honesty, humility, self-effacing humour, and showed an understanding of the human nature of his friends...

Clearly a non-starter. Hire this guy, and you might accidentally have ended up with a real person on your team, instead of a bunch of up-tight cunts! Close call.
(, Fri 22 Nov 2013, 13:33, closed)

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