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If it's not the "where do you see yourself in five years time" question, it's the trick questions they throw at you to make them feel superior. Tell us about your worst job interview and the most unsuited candidates you've seen. BTW: Please don't use the question board to send messages to each other. It makes the whole thing unreadable for everyone else.

(, Thu 20 Jan 2005, 9:51)
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Keep talkin', keep talkin'
A good friend of mine had, until a couple of years ago, a seriously heavy weed habit. He also somehow managed to hold down a management position at a major office equipment company, the one that sounds a bit like the thing that fires cannonballs.

Anyhows, he was once interviewing people for a junior office job all day and began suffering ever-increasing levels of frustration at the lacklustre quality of the candidates. Finding himself with a spare two minutes before the final interview of the day, he decided to run out back and quickly suck down a spliff in order to make the last one a little more interesting.

So, this poor young fella of around 16 years of age comes into his office and sits there nervously fumbling for answers to the opening questions, when after five minutes or so the unexpectedly potent nature of the skunk begins to manifest itself.

My mate begins to have a little trouble holding it together, and certainly can't put any insightful questions to the lad, so begins to rely on repeatedly asking him to elaborate further on his answers - e.g. "This will be my first full time job since leaving school, the only other thing I've done is a paper round" - "ok, go on" - "erm, that's it" - "ok, go on" etc. After a while the absurdity of the situation suddenly dawns on him, he begins to think about what the guy must be going through, and he begins to laugh uncontrollably as the poor fellow stutters helplessly away.

About ten minutes or so in, a full-blown whitey starts to kick in, and so he says to the kid "look, you just keep on talking, I'm just gonna rest my head on the desk for a while" - which he promptly does, and immediately passes out.

An unknown amount of minutes later he wakes up not knowing where the hell he is, sits up, and slowly realises this kid is still sat there opposite him, in complete silence and looking about to burst into tears. So he takes a few seconds to clear his head a little, takes a deep breath, and says "ok that'll do, you haven't got the job, there's the door, can you turn out the light on your way out"

The guy even said thankyou as he left the room.
(, Fri 21 Jan 2005, 13:43, Reply)

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