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Worst interview ever!
October 26, 2011 @ 09:33:26 pm
So, today I had an interview at a Boots store. I was told to arrive at the store at 2pm. I arrived about 1:55 and had no idea where I was supposed to be going, so I asked one of the employees running around the shop floor. They said they knew who was supposed to be interviewing me, that they would go get them and I had to stay put. So there I am standing in the middle of Boots and I see no sign of the interviewer or the girl who went to get her. I waited and waited for 10 mins, until I eventually asked someone else. They said they would shout for her over the store tannoy, and I had to wait there. So they shout for this woman and I wait and wait for another 10 mins. Still no interviewer. Then another member of staff came up and said that the interviewer was in an important meeting and that she'd take me up to wait in the staff room. So there I am waiting in the staff room, staring at white walls while members of staff are awkwardly eating their lunch in silence around me. EVENTUALLY at 2:25pm the interviewer pops her head into the staff room and tells me she'll be with me in a few minutes. Another 5 minutes later she tells me to go and wait in her office. I wait another 5 minutes. She comes in and says "Right, Donna, you're here for the christmas temp, right?" Um. NO. I explain I'm not Donna and that it's for a managerial position. She looks puzzled, then says "OH RIGHT, so you are. Right, give me 5 minutes to read over your CV, since I read Donna's instead."
By this point I was a bit annoyed. Eventually she stops reading and explains that she'll be asking me some questions regarding my experience and then she'll take me on the shop floor to continue the interview.
She starts the questions, which consisted of her reading directly off a sheet of paper, while making no eye contact. I would answer her and she would just write everything I said, word for word, on the sheet of paper. And she would do that slow reading out loud that people do when they're copying things down. VERY ANNOYING!
5 minutes of questions that had nothing to do with a managerial job, they were all basic customer service questions, and still no eye contact.
After the questions which lasted about 5-10 minutes she says "Oh, actually you're not going on the shop floor today, that's another interview. Right that's you done. I'll take you back down."

GRRRRRR. I feel like it was totally unorganised, I have no idea how the interview even went because I got absolutely nothing off this woman. She never looked at me, she never even asked anything about me, or why I wanted the job. NOTHING aside from the usual "Why is it important to be polite to customers" rubbish!

Anyway, rant over. I just felt like an idiot, preparing all this research into the company, and sales techniques, and team management skills, to be confused with someone else, told the wrong interview, asked pointless questions about "why should you smile at customers?" that only lasted 10 minutes, when I had been waiting for well over 45 minutes! GRRRRRR
Why do I even bother?!?

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Pete

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New Post! October 26, 2011 @ 10:00:35 pm
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I've had an Interview were the interviewer seemed more interested in other things (such as emails) during the interview.

Sometimes it seems that Employers think that they don't have to make an impression, but it's a thing that goes both ways.


glitter_sniffer

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New Post! October 26, 2011 @ 10:10:52 pm
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@Pete Said

I've had an Interview were the interviewer seemed more interested in other things (such as emails) during the interview.

Sometimes it seems that Employers think that they don't have to make an impression, but it's a thing that goes both ways.



Well she also answered her mobile while I was half way through answering a question, but I mentally forgave her because it sounded work related, but really she shouldn't even have done that. You give someone an allotted time for a reason!
Either way, I'm now hoping I don't have to go back for a second interview. I would dread it.


sTreetAngeL

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New Post! October 26, 2011 @ 11:40:22 pm
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@glitter_sniffer Said

Well she also answered her mobile while I was half way through answering a question, but I mentally forgave her because it sounded work related, but really she shouldn't even have done that. You give someone an allotted time for a reason!
Either way, I'm now hoping I don't have to go back for a second interview. I would dread it.



Exactly! Also... "Why is it important to be polite to customers"?
I found that question particularly amusing since she never even made eye contact with you. Not like she understands herself or anything.

Perhaps it was all a strange blessing in disguise, and you will do better, and be happier elsewhere.


annski729

New Post! October 27, 2011 @ 02:02:13 am
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A few years ago I was applying for summer jobs and got an interview at Sears. Well, I THOUGHT I had an interview at Sears...

I get to the store, and I say I have an interview and nobody knows who I am. They can't find my file or that I have anything scheduled. Finally some lady gives me an interview just out of pity.

Turns out I never "confirmed" my interview, although I never knew I had to. I applied online and was brought to a screen that said "Pick the best time for you" and some of the time slots were greyed out, meaning they were unavailable. I chose an open time slot and got a confirmation email saying my interview was scheduled. No mention of any confirming the interview further, so I just showed up at the date I picked when I applied online.

Never heard from them again. Job searching is frustrating.


glitter_sniffer

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New Post! October 27, 2011 @ 08:09:24 pm
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@annski729 Said

A few years ago I was applying for summer jobs and got an interview at Sears. Well, I THOUGHT I had an interview at Sears...

I get to the store, and I say I have an interview and nobody knows who I am. They can't find my file or that I have anything scheduled. Finally some lady gives me an interview just out of pity.

Turns out I never "confirmed" my interview, although I never knew I had to. I applied online and was brought to a screen that said "Pick the best time for you" and some of the time slots were greyed out, meaning they were unavailable. I chose an open time slot and got a confirmation email saying my interview was scheduled. No mention of any confirming the interview further, so I just showed up at the date I picked when I applied online.

Never heard from them again. Job searching is frustrating.


Oh nooo, that sounds awful! At least my people knew I was coming, although you wouldn't have been able to tell that.


glitter_sniffer

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New Post! October 27, 2011 @ 08:11:00 pm
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@sTreetAngeL Said

Exactly! Also... "Why is it important to be polite to customers"?
I found that question particularly amusing since she never even made eye contact with you. Not like she understands herself or anything.

Perhaps it was all a strange blessing in disguise, and you will do better, and be happier elsewhere.



I'm hoping it was a blessing in disguise. If I'm really honest with myself, as much as I'd love a proper job, I'm also dreading getting called back for a second interview! YIKES.


JR_Sanford

New Post! October 27, 2011 @ 08:23:30 pm
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@glitter_sniffer Said
So, today I had an interview at a Boots store. I was told to arrive at the store at 2pm. I arrived about 1:55 and had no idea where I was supposed to be going, so I asked one of the employees running around the shop floor. They said they knew who was supposed to be interviewing me, that they would go get them and I had to stay put. So there I am standing in the middle of Boots and I see no sign of the interviewer or the girl who went to get her. I waited and waited for 10 mins, until I eventually asked someone else. They said they would shout for her over the store tannoy, and I had to wait there. So they shout for this woman and I wait and wait for another 10 mins. Still no interviewer. Then another member of staff came up and said that the interviewer was in an important meeting and that she'd take me up to wait in the staff room. So there I am waiting in the staff room, staring at white walls while members of staff are awkwardly eating their lunch in silence around me. EVENTUALLY at 2:25pm the interviewer pops her head into the staff room and tells me she'll be with me in a few minutes. Another 5 minutes later she tells me to go and wait in her office. I wait another 5 minutes. She comes in and says "Right, Donna, you're here for the christmas temp, right?" Um. NO. I explain I'm not Donna and that it's for a managerial position. She looks puzzled, then says "OH RIGHT, so you are. Right, give me 5 minutes to read over your CV, since I read Donna's instead."
By this point I was a bit annoyed. Eventually she stops reading and explains that she'll be asking me some questions regarding my experience and then she'll take me on the shop floor to continue the interview.
She starts the questions, which consisted of her reading directly off a sheet of paper, while making no eye contact. I would answer her and she would just write everything I said, word for word, on the sheet of paper. And she would do that slow reading out loud that people do when they're copying things down. VERY ANNOYING!
5 minutes of questions that had nothing to do with a managerial job, they were all basic customer service questions, and still no eye contact.
After the questions which lasted about 5-10 minutes she says "Oh, actually you're not going on the shop floor today, that's another interview. Right that's you done. I'll take you back down."

GRRRRRR. I feel like it was totally unorganised, I have no idea how the interview even went because I got absolutely nothing off this woman. She never looked at me, she never even asked anything about me, or why I wanted the job. NOTHING aside from the usual "Why is it important to be polite to customers" rubbish!

Anyway, rant over. I just felt like an idiot, preparing all this research into the company, and sales techniques, and team management skills, to be confused with someone else, told the wrong interview, asked pointless questions about "why should you smile at customers?" that only lasted 10 minutes, when I had been waiting for well over 45 minutes! GRRRRRR
Why do I even bother?!?


It sounds as though they need you there to start organizing things. Was the store very busy? Perhaps you were the 50th interview that day and she had already made up her mind to hire someone else.

Hang in there. Chalk this up as experience.

J.R.


Erimitus

New Post! October 27, 2011 @ 08:32:52 pm
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It sounds like the Monty Python show. Was John Cleese at the interview?

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