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Ruth Lundquist asked in a post for Interview stories...
I had one woman come into an interview who was wearing so much makeup, her
eyelashes were sticking together. All through the interview she was
constantly opening her eyes as wide a possible to "unstick" them. I was so
fascinated by the contortions of her face that I was having trouble paying
attention to her words!
I also have had the interviewees who corrected and re-worded my questions
and statements. I had one who told me repeatedly how "great she was at
communicating with others". She never let me finish a sentence, so she
was always answering questions that I wasn't trying to ask. All I really
wanted to say to her was, "Communication is not just you talking to someone
else. It's also you being able to LISTEN to what's being said." I
understand the "interview jitters", but this was not a newbie. She had
Many Years of experience and should have known better...
On a positive note regarding interviews: Show the interviewer The Real
You. I WANT to hire people with a sense of humor. If you don't have one,
you can't play on my team... I had one interviewee recently that Would Not
drop his "interview face". Since I couldn't see "the man behind the mask",
I was naturally concerned about what he'd be like after the
interview... To sum up: Be Yourself! Show 'em what you got and let it
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