Re: Interviews (5 Year Question)

Subject: Re: Interviews (5 Year Question)
From: "Lurker writer" <lurker_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 14:01:41 -0500

Bruce makes a valid point of being able to select who you interview with (we should all be so lucky).

But, with the exception of my recent foray into companies, all of my employers have been Fortune 100 companies...and not once did I ever interview with HR on my specialty. Either it isn't as common a practice as you suggest, or I've been very, very lucky..;)

I've had one or two HR people interview me in a casual manner about my field in general (not tech comm at the time), more in a conversational format than an interview, but they never drilled deeper than the mulch. More like they were trying to get a feel for my personality, how I'd fit with the team, etc.

I take a different approach when I to into interviews. I used to get nervous and worked up, but now I go in and interview the company. I respond to interviewers questions and inane "what ifs" with responses that sell my skills, not necessarily the answer they're looking for. Being in command of the interview is a mindset you have to get into long before you walk in the lobby.

If I ever get the "how do you get a giraffe in the refrigerator" question again, though, I may have resort to more severe tactics.

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