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Updated on April 23, 2015
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A professional career coach, Marcy has helped hundreds refine their resumes, improve their interviewing skills, and advance their careers.

How Managers Talk about Job Applicants

Job interviewers will review how your did after you leave. Watch for the pitfalls mentioned here!
Job interviewers will review how your did after you leave. Watch for the pitfalls mentioned here! | Source

Do Job Interviewers Talk Bad About You After You Leave?

Yes, sad to say, that panel of people who just interviewed you will indeed talk about you after you leave. But here's how you can be a fly on the wall and learn from the mistakes of others. After spending many years as a hiring manager, I've heard it all - or almost.

This might sound like they're 'dissing' you, or talking trash, but it's really just a product of the fact that the interviewers are on familiar turf (their own), and openly communicate their thoughts to each other.

First - consider the reality of the situation. You're the stranger in the room; they aren't. If you interview with a team, they have likely known each other for a long while and they work together on a daily basis. They know the culture of the firm, they know the personalities of people you'll work with and they know the stressful times you might face.

But more than that, they talk to each other. Oh yes! Be aware, be very aware. It takes a lot of conversation behind the scenes for a group to decide on the final candidate. Some of the conversation relates to the interview questions and scores, but much of it is off-topic.

Read on for some expert tips on how to avoid being trashed by your interviewers!

Job Applicants Beware | Avoid These Pitfalls!

Interview panels talk candidly about job applicants. Here's how to avoid having bad things said after you leave the interview.
Interview panels talk candidly about job applicants. Here's how to avoid having bad things said after you leave the interview.
The interview panel will consider far more than your resume and answers to questions.
The interview panel will consider far more than your resume and answers to questions.

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What Interview Panels | Managers Say Behind Your Back

Interview panels and hiring managers are more than candid with each other. Here are some real-life examples of interviews gone bad, and how the interviewing candidates could have avoided problems:

"He was late - if he can't even get here on time for the interview, I'm not about to hire him!" We once interviewed a talented young man for a high-tech position; his answers were good and he was probably the best candidate we considered. But he had not been able to find our building in time for the start of the interview. Even so, he had good skills and I wanted to hire him (I knew how terribly difficult it was to find the stupid place), but I had to get approval from the executive over the department I managed. Unfortunately, the word was out about the late arrival, and I was overruled.

The lesson from this? If you have never been to the location of the interview, make a dry run ahead of time and scope out the parking, find the exact building and figure out how long it will take you to get there.

"She wouldn't shut up - I couldn't stand to work with her!" This was an actual quote after interviewing a way-too-eager candidate who literally would not stop talking. When we asked a question, she launched into a dialogue that covered everything she'd ever done (even if not related to the question). She was desperate, and it showed. The lesson? Stick to the questions, be brief, and don't talk so fast that others can't break into the conversation.

"His answers didn't add up to what his resume says . . . something's wrong here." You'll be brought into an interview based on your credentials on paper. If you can't support them in the interview, it will be a big strike against you. Sometimes this happens when a candidate doesn't give solid examples of actually doing what his or her resume claims. Perhaps you've done the work, but if you didn't describe it when asked, you will lose points and maybe even raise suspicion. Saying, "I was a project manager" doesn't yield the same information as briefly describing the types of projects you headed up and how you brought them to completion. You need to give real examples of your experience at your interviews.

"I wanted to hire her, but she couldn't answer the questions!" Huh? You gave an answer to every single question, right? Well, not necessarily. If you failed to mention specific examples of the experience they're looking for, you didn't fully answer the questions. Tell them about a time you did the job, and tell how you succeeded.

Things Companies Say About Applicants' Dress | Smell

Hiring Managers notice more than your job skills, or lack of them. Avoid attracting attention due to body odor, clothing or other issues:

"I couldn't wait for her to leave; the perfume was killing me!" This quote is from me. As I mentioned in another hub, I interviewed a nice candidate once who probably had a lot to offer. I nearly died from her strong perfume, though, and I honestly could not focus on her answers. Never, ever, do anything to irritate a hiring manager - including wearing a fragrance that overpowers the room.

"Why didn't he take a bath before he came? We can't have that - eewww!" This has really happened in interviews. Bad breath can do it, too. Never eat a spicy meal before an interview; even if you brush your teeth, you may have garlic-breath that blows them away. You want to blow them away through your skills, not what you had for lunch. Body odor, messy clothes and anything else that looks or smells bad will reduce your score.

"Um, I don't know about her - she might be a little flashy for our environment." You get the picture. Dress too tight, skirt too short, shiny fabrics, too much jewelry. Wrong work environment for the way she's dressed. Yes, managers notice this stuff.

"Did you see that ring and watch she's wearing? She doesn't need to work - we'd probably lose her in a few months when her husband wants to take her on a long cruise." I'm as serious as a stroke here. I've actually heard this brought up in post-interview debriefing. If a candidate looks like he or she wants a higher salary (through the message sent by the Rolex or a huge diamond ring), someone is bound to notice it. You don't want the panel focusing on your trappings; leave conspicuous jewelry at home - even if it's your engagement ring (if it's ginormous). You may really need and want the job, but the prosperity of your image emits might send a different message. One exception to the 'big ring' rule might be for highly paid consultants. I have a friend who is a successful consultant; she bought a ring with a very large diamond, and says it gives her credibility in commanding large fees. For the average job-seeker, it can be counter productive, though.

The examples above may not sounds fair, but they're real. You're going to be interviewed by real people, with real faults and real biases. You need to present a professional but neutral image to them, in every way.

Great Ways to Impress an Interview Panel

Here's how to score well on the interview and get good comments afterward!
Here's how to score well on the interview and get good comments afterward!

Good Things Managers Say When You Interview Well

The career world isn't all cut-throat, though. Just as managers share the bad stuff, they also talk glowingly about the good qualities candidates display. Read on for ideas of what pleases them:

"He had a great smile - he looks like he can get along with anyone!" Your personality shines through; they want to work with you! A sincere smile can make the difference in being the final candidate. Smiles look good on everyone - never forget that little accessory when you interview!

"She really knows her stuff - she answered every single question with good examples; I want her on my team." You paid attention to the experience they were probing for and you gave them solid experiential examples of your work. Good job!

"Did you notice how she looked at each one of us, every time she answered? I like that." They may not recognize why this impressed them, but they know it made an impact. That's because you engaged each panelist as a separate individual. Even if they weren't participating, you brought them into the moment. People like to be noticed, and you did it well.

"I like the way he pointed out how he can do the XYZ job here, too. He's flexible; we can plug him into almost any department." You showed them you can do more than just the job for which you're interviewing. No workplace or position operates in a void; by demonstrating your overall usefulness, you'll show them the value you bring.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Mobi - so many people know the stress you're going through right now! It sounds like you really did well on both interviews, and that would be the 'take home' message for you. One thing I learned as an interviewee is that when you get that far in the process, one of those jobs out there in the market is yours. I would not overly fret or beat yourself up over the math questions. I assume they know you were winging it without a calculator?

    Regarding the wording of their replies (and good job, to send personal thank-you messages!) - no manager will tip their hand at that point, so they were probably using some standard phrases that are non-committal.

    I will be sending good vibes for you - and please let us know the outcome!

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    Mobi 3 years ago

    Hi,

    Firstly, I think the article is great. It touched on the age old question of what exactly happens behind closed doors in the hiring process.

    I recently had a second interview for a position with a big company this week. Previous to this week, I interviewed with the same company which went really well and I was called back for a second interview. This time, I was going to be talking to 5 people back to back. So total a 2 and a half hours long sitting. I think they went really really well where I seem to get along with all 5 people and I answered to their questions relevantly. However, some of my math was tested where I made a few mistakes due to me not working with a calculator. That really got to me as I am scared it might hurt my chances completely at this crucial stage of the hiring process where margins are extremely tight.

    I sent individual thank you letters to all 5 and three of them responded as an acknowledgement. However, I couldn't help but require some behavioral analysis on two sentences which they used and which have been bothering me ever since. The first, one of them said in their replies was

    "You are one of our top candidates for the position. Competition for the position is high so you should be proud that you made it this far".

    My concern is that is this sugar coating disappointment? Am I good but not good enough?

    Second sentence which bothered me was when one of them responded with "Best of Luck". Again, is this what you say to someone who lost the race?

    I hope I am not over-analyzing this hiring process too much in a negative way. I REALLY want this position simply because I have become acquainted with the nice people I met there in a short time period during the process and also considering that I spent 3 and half hours in total just interviewing for this position. The job is great and a big boost to my career. Now the wait is on. The interview happened two days ago and not an hour goes by when I regret making those mathematical errors which wouldve not been an issue had I had a calculator on me AND which I would have either ways when I'm performing the actual job if I am hired!!

    Any help and feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Josh! Let us know if you use any of the insight here to prepare for your next interview?

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    Josh Wilmoth 3 years ago from North Carolina

    Great hub, very useful!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, I hope you don't have to endure that again, too, Liesl5858 - it's draining and scary. Thanks for dropping by and commenting - I appreciate it!

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    Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thanks Marcy Goodfleisch, for another interesting and useful hub for those looking for a job. I hope not to go thru that again. It is nerve-racking going for interview.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

    Lol! Are you that applicant I mentioned here? Thanks for dropping by and commenting, lontach, glad you like the information in the hub!

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    Iontach 3 years ago

    Wow there are some really good tips here. I have to say that I've personally committed a few things mentioned here...the overpowering perfume, the lack of all around eye contact and the flashy overdressed look. I thought I was doing something good eh

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, jmillis2006 - it's interesting to see the inside workings of the interview process; hope the ideas here are helpful!

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    Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Great hub, these are good things to know when going for an interview . You always want to make a good first impression.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, ib Radmasters - glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for commenting!

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    ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

    Thanks fro sharing this information here.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Terrilynn! Thanks for your comments and votes!

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    Hi Marcy,

    I've always wandered the same thing as you

    nice take on the topic at hand

    Voted up

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, lord - that one is classic, Jim and Laura - those are the type of interviews where you try to hurry through the questions (so you're doing it legally) and get the person out the door before you slug them or something.

    Thanks for sharing that one!

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    Jim and Laura 4 years ago from Chicago area

    Excellent advice here! I've been on both sides of the table and this is so true. I recall one "memorable" young man who came into an interview smelling like fried chicken and burping (he did apologize). When asked if he had any questions for me, he asked if we had any vending machines in our lunch room. Guess food was a big priority! lol Needless to say we did not invite him back.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, bisnar! Let me know if you have any similar anecdotes - the post-interview debriefing is one of those places where applicants would like to have a few flies stationed on the walls!

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    John 4 years ago from Irvine, California

    Great in-depth article. I'm keeping tabs on you.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    So true, KatNance! ;)

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Good ideas - and always be prepared for the unexpected.

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    KatNance 4 years ago

    thanks Marcy. i believe that .people can only see the outter you..so if you're in a bad or good mood it reflects..so always smile.. ;]

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    Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

    For people who are shy or nervous - for anyone, really - I recommend more than one mock interviews, and hours of rehearsal. I recommend preparing for interviews the way an actor prepares for a play. Learn your lines! Practice being genuine and friendly and respectful. There's so much on the line!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Understandmore - thanks for reading, and for your kind comments!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Excellent advice, KatNance - smiles look good on everyone, and having a mock interview ahead of time is a great way to prep!

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    Understandmore 4 years ago

    This is great advice for teens as well. Gives them an idea of what to expect.

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    KatNance 4 years ago

    I think that you should be up to par before you go to a interview..ask your friends to interview you before you go..and if you don't know where the place is go the day before..MOST IMPORTANT thing is to SMILE...

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Sid - thanks for your kind comments; glad you like the hub! Absolutely, please feel free to link!

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    Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

    This is a great guide to interviewing written with an entertaining approach. Voted up, interesting, and useful, and shared. May I link to it from my hub on how to create a five year career plan?

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Carrie! It sounds like you are already on top of the Interview Game! Thanks for your great comments here, and best of luck in your interviews, both now, and in the years to come!

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    Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

    Marcy Goodfleisch: Thank you for writing this very interesting hub! :) I think this is a reality check for a lot of people. I wanted to add that when I hear "We'll be in touch" it is usually the kiss of death, because I have never gotten the position after that phrase is said.

    Interviews are very difficult because you never know what they are looking for or what the competition has to offer. I always try to be myself and stick to the basics. Thank you for the tip for scoping out the interview location before your interview day.....I always have done this and never have been late to an interview :) Now I'm being a chatter box :) Na seriously thanks again!!! :)

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Mattie Mae - thanks for your great comments and extra advice here - yes, stay away from garlic! And zip it up if you're a chatterbox! Sure hope some folks ace those interviews - that would be awesome!

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    Mattie Mae 4 years ago

    First impressions are everything. If you are a Chatty Cathy, just wait until after you get the job to talk everyone's ear off! Or to eat that garlic chicken at lunch :)

    Thanks for such an informative hub! I think you may have helped some people ace an interview. :)

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, THEmikeLo! Yeah - the 'fly on the wall' version of interviews can be pretty funny. All the anecdotes I mentioned are oh-so-true (even though I wish some were fiction!). There are so many of these type of stories.

    Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    THEmikeLO 4 years ago

    What an informative and fun hub! great post!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Au Fait - I appreciate your kind words! I do hope anyone who can benefit from this information has a chance to read these tips. Best of luck in your job searches!

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    Good information for people who hope to find a job, or get a better job. Some of these things are just common sense. Everyone should read this hub!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, FullOfLoveSites - I appreciate your comments and share! Perfume isn't on the interview scoring sheet, and even though an HR office might not discuss it (then again, they might, in some settings), things like that are definitely brought up by the interviewing team of managers. Body odor, poor hygiene, etc. are also discussed. Scary to think about, huh?

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    FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

    Thanks for giving us the sneak peek into the HR's "inner sanctum". I never thought a perfume would also be a factor on a candidate's eligibility to work. I will write down on that.

    Up, useful, interesting and shared. :)

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Rutley - thanks for your kind words - I'm glad you like the hub. And I agree with the way applicants who are full of themselves come across - they don't realize they're not doing themselves any good with those attitudes!

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    rutley 4 years ago from South Jersey

    Being on both sides of the interview table, first impressions are usually what gets you hired. I know I cannot stand the toot your own horn group who think they're all that plus tax but not a lick of common sense. They did it all and like to talk about themselves.

    I do think being honest and showing care and commom courtesy to all involved is highly important along with smiling, looking your best and not being to secure about yourself. Great job! Happy Hubbing!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks so much for reading and sharing, nisargmehta! I appreciate your great feedback, very much.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Yay! Congratulations, buildyourhouses! I am so happy for you!

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    NISARG MEHTA 4 years ago from SURAT, Gujarat, India

    Remarkable!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Voted up and Sharing.. [Smiles]

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    buildyourhouses 4 years ago from UK

    I was late for my interview too but luckily got the job though..

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Heather - I appreciate your reading the hub and sharing feedback!

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    Heather 4 years ago from Ohio

    Great hub! Entertaining, with solid advice!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Irene! I can't tell you how often the things mentioned here were said following interviews - no matter what the work environment or qualifications of the applicant!

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    Irene 4 years ago from U.S.A.

    Voted up! Great hub, thank you.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    So glad to hear it, pinkhawk! Best of luck on your interviews!

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    pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

    This is helpful, thank you! ^_^

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    LOL! I know what you mean, Suhail, about living with a few 'bad hires' after you're brought on board! Thanks for the laugh here!

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    Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

    Marcy,

    I do understand your viewpoint and appreciate the fact that if we have a pool of candidates with same competency level, it is probably better to pass on high maintenance candidates. Looking back, I do remember few team members whose gossipy nature had over-shadowed their competence level, but they were hired before my time lol.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, eJobs - thanks for reading and commenting! Sounds like you have a good focus on careers - hope some of these tips are helpful!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Nice points, Suhall - and I think we're on the same page for the most part. Because much of my career was in PR, though, as a hiring manager, I would probably take poor grooming into account (we had to be in front of TV cameras & deal with elected officials, etc.). The perfume, though, was simply distracting - the applicant didn't rise to the top, but it was extremely hard to focus on her answers, etc, when I couldn't breath.

    Thanks so much for reading and for your great comments!

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    Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

    As an AVP of regulatory compliance and AML Officer I have hired many and have been hired 3 times during last 3 years. While your hub is great and I agree with each and every suggestion you have made, here is my take:

    1. It all depends on one' specialization. If there is dearth of skill, no matter how badly you dress or smell or talk or how late or early you are (provided you have an excuse), I will hire you. You have to impress me with your knowledge, experience, and skill set. The rest are things I or someone for me can mentor, coach, train, and whatever. (Most candidates, in any case, request initial feedback on their interview on the spot and I can advise them of their shortcoming right there and then). And I am sure I was hired three times on the same basis (I always wear a wood based perfume that subliminally announces that I am there, but doesn't cry my presence out).

    2. It is all about competency and networking.

    3. I will never let go a person I want on the basis of competency just because he / she was wearing extra perfume, was talkative, etc.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Shelly - thanks for reading and commenting! I felt badly about the woman who interviewed with our team; I know she bathed in perfume because of being nervous. My allergies have kicked in since then, so at the time it was more overwhelming and distracting than medically hazardous. Now, I'd probably have to leave the room. Either way, that's the main memory I have of her, not her qualifications.

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    Shelley Watson 4 years ago

    Excellent advice for all those looking to make changes or start their working life. I don't have allergies, but I had one women whose perfume was so strong, it was stifling. Took hours for the smell to leave the room. I asked her what the name of the perfume was, I felt bad as she thought I liked it, she smiled and said she loved it and so did her husband! Oh great! Up, interesting, useful and shared

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, I love your point about the personal comments, Steph! It's also not cool to start rambling about your kids and your pet cat when you're asked to tell the interviewer about yourself. Interviewers can't legally ask about family, but they can sure talk about it offline if a candidate dwells on their kids and outside obligations.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

    Your advice is so on target! I've been on many search committees, and we ALWAYS talked about the interviewee after the interview was over. Things like the candidate's inappropriate dress or evasively answering questions would definitely be discussed. One candidate I remember continuously referred to her "sweetie" and how they loved Latin American dancing...not really relative to the job! It made us wonder if her partying would interfere with her work, though.

    Very interesting, useful hub - Voted UP!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    It is amazing to see the real person suddenly surface in those situations, isn't it, Pmorries? Much better then, i think, than after they're on the staff. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Phdast! I appreciate your comments, and thank you for sharing!

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    pmorries 4 years ago from Golden, CO

    I once had an applicant pass a group interview and we were going to hire him on the spot, when Mr. Hyde came out. He had a question that took me and other members of the staff by surprise (the question seemed trivial), and my staff and I could not give him an answer right away. The applicant instantly started to get an attitude and became somewhat snotty. I truly believe that he thought he the job, which he basically did, and he could let the real him shine through. He realized his mistake when he bothered to look at our reactions but it was already too late for him. I was already showing him the door and giving him the do not call us, we will call you speech. In closing, we did do a background check on him, but most people are afraid to say anything negative about an ex employee anymore.

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    Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Another terrific and helpful Hub about getting a job. Thanks so much for all the insights. SHARING

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Emily - I'm so glad you like the information here - I hope it's helpful to you. Many thanks for your comments!

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    emilybee 4 years ago

    You have very good tips and info in this hub and your other job related hubs. I just reverted back to read your hub on the boss from hades - and re-read the tips :) New jobs are difficult to find but with your advice I think lots of people will benefit.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks for your professional take on this, Shimmering Dawn - it's good to have others with management and interviewing experience chime in and concur! I appreciate your comments!

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    shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

    True, having recruited for years the few minutes of discussions that follow, decide the future of a candidate. Often a candidate may not perform so well on the final round of interviews with the top bosses.It is then as an HR professional I come to their rescue. Often technical people are only looking at technical skills and as HR manger it becomes my duty to point out the flaws and why the person would not be a right fit for the position. Being well prepared confident and honest is what really matters at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing this. Have a blessed day. Peace.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you,Peg - I know what you mean about the brutal comments. I've heard people say a candidate would drive them crazy, or.that they just didn't 'trust' them for some ambiguous reason. Thanks for sharing your insight here!

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    Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    I've been in these circles and the discussion can get really brutal. The perfume thing is a real turn off for people with allergies and something as small as that can decide your future. Your great tips here will undoubtably help many job candidates avoid the pitfalls of interviewing.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Lisa - I'm glad you found it useful! I promise you - interviewers say all these things, and even more. There's the official score sheet, and then the up-close-and-personal comments made about each candidate. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Lisas-thoughts101 5 years ago from Northeast Texas

    Marcy, I'd never seen an article on what is said once the the interview is over, many on tips but none like this one. Thanks so much for all the insights.

    Lisa

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    Rhonda Malomet 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Makes you wonder just how much of hiring really really is subjective

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, NetBlots - thanks for confirming that there really are some behind-the-doors discussions! Looks like I need to check some edits - thank you for your sharp eyes!

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    NetBlots 5 years ago from Melbourne

    Great article, definitely a helpful read, luckily though, I'll be on the talking behind closed doors side of it =)

    Got a laugh from "She really knows his stuff" ;)

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Eyes - I am glad you found it helpful!

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    Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    Great information on what the "other side of the table" looks like. It is always great to gain a positive perspective and understand what we can do differently during a job search! Thank you for sharing these tips to help us with job searches and interviews.

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    Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

    Excellent look from the other side of the interview. Thanks. Rated Up.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Mark - it's good to have another manager confirm what goes on behind closed doors! There are so many anecdotes we could relate from those experiences.

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    Mark Pitts 5 years ago from United States

    This was fun to read. I have been on both sides of the interview process, and this is the way it was in all of the instances where I was interviewing. Good information!

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    ISteven 5 years ago from Melbourne

    Haha Wow! you've just made me think about all my old interviews.

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    mfriedstore 5 years ago from 176 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn , New York

    Wow!this is great because is good that we know what is on the back of their head and we have that idea in order for us to have a big preparation to pass the interview and get that job. Thank you so much. I appreciate your article.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Rutley - thanks for stopping by. I was telling a friend about this hub, and she and I both remembered other examples from our interviewing experiences. It's amazing what is said behind closed doors!

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    rutley 5 years ago from South Jersey

    Thank you so much! Voted up!

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    Taleb AlDris 5 years ago

    Yes, I agree with you.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Taleb - thanks for stopping by and commenting! And thank you for sharing on Twitter. I think candidates don't realize their interviews are not the full story.

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    Taleb AlDris 5 years ago

    This hub is a good addition to this subject because, it is supporting it by real scenarios.

    I agree with you that like these things happen as I also recruit my team.

    I voted Up & Useful & shared on twitter & with followers.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks for reading and commenting, dbuddhika and learner365. I'm so glad the tips are helpful!

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    Saadia A 5 years ago

    A great Hub with many nice tips.You totally have pointed out the right things that should be taken care of while appearing for an interview.

    My vote up and Useful!!!

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    dbuddhika 5 years ago

    Great article! This is true. Good information Thanks for sharing.

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    Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Great info from someone on the inside. And the dash of humor always helps!

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Most useful and interesting! Voted this hub up. Well done! There are many tips here that will help guide others without any doubt.

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    kateperez 5 years ago from pasadena, tx

    I appreciate this advice and information a great deal.

    Voting up for you.

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    JamesPoppell 5 years ago

    Great hub & good advice. I was late for a job interview once and it made me so upset because I really did get lost. I got the job and a year later I got an award for no absences and not one tardy for the year. Thanks for sharing.

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