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5 Ways to Tell When the Interviewer Has Bombed the Interview

Updated on October 14, 2013


5. The interviewer states that they recall your attendance issues from 11 yrs ago.

Why were you called in for the interview if this is the first phrase that is spoken? Negative history would have been the first thing the hiring authority considers before calling you in for an interview. 11 years is a long time for that to be the only thing they remember. It is more than likely the topic they focused on when trying to recall who you were.

4. "If you're looking for a cheerleader to cheer you on and tell you that you're doing a great job then this position wouldn't be a good fit". Why is this even mentioned by the interviewer? I would like to believe that successful companies want their employees to feel appreciated. I'm not saying we need cheerleaders at our desks but who doesn't want to hear that they're doing a good job?

3. "None of our employees has received a raise in years. If you're looking to make money this position may not be a good fit". (Position pays out a max of $24k a yr) The position requires to work possible 12 hr shifts answer back to back calls and there is no room for growth--at all. Are they trying to deter you or have they already decided on your fate with they're organization? Who wants to know they can't make an honest living with growth opportunities?

2. The immediate gut wrenching uncomfortable feeling you get when you enter the room and both the supervisor and manager has this blank look on their face. It has been brought to my attention that being called in for an interview could just mean that the hiring officials need to interview those that were eligible even though they already know who will be hired. This is a waste of time for all parties involved.

1. Having the hiring manager recall an experience they had with your current and or last employer and judging you on that experience. You're the one being interviewed not the company you worked for. This is an unprofessional approach during an interview. This type of conduct proves that the management is petty and that you should withdraw your resume and application.

When did an interview stop being the focus point for all parties involved which includes the interviewer as well as the interviewee to give the best sales pitch? Getting an interview with a potential employer is the opportunity for you-the potential candidate to also determine if the company is a great fit for your skills and needs. If management is seeking candidates every year for the same positions that's the only clue you will ever need to know that they need you more than you need them. This will be the case especially if you're seeking to leave a stable position to gain a more lucrative one. This could be for better pay, benefits and or room for advancement.

I've been on several interviews for the most part majority of them good experiences. It's unfortunate to leave an interview feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. Learn from it and move on.

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