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crazy things companies do #1: miscalculate who’s on the interviewing roster

January 25, 2010

in crazy things companies do,culture

dedicated to my friend, whose story sparked the idea for an ongoing telling of unbelievable workplace blunders.

a few weeks back, one of my friends ran the interviewing gauntlet at a global hr consultancy that aims to be the high priestess of employee engagement.

my friend was midway through the endless interview process when the next person in the lineup came in. things kicked off normally enough, with some informal banter leading into what it’s like to work there.

which is precisely when the interviewer burst into tears.

she wailed about how horrible things were for her at the firm. how she’s overworked and stressed. how management’s unsupportive. how she’s not liked by her team. and how deadly the office environment is.

was my friend saved by this woman’s honesty? or was the firm’s high priestess reputation unjustifiably tarnished by one unhappy soul? we’ll never know. my friend maintained her composure until she could hightail it out of there.

that’s more than can be said for me. i’m still LMAO. as, sadly, would be any candidate.

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Frank Roche January 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

Wow…that’s nuts…I must admit I laughed, though.

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Crystal Peterson January 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

Wow. Just wow.

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pasmuz January 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm

And how does your friend reasonably accept a job offer from them after what just happened? If it was me, I would not be forgetting that anytime soon and the image would be tarnished. I’ve accepted too many crappy jobs that I saw warning signs during interviews and shrugged them off. Crying during interviews would be a warning sign for me.
Imagine accepting the job, and working there & referring a friend and telling your friend, “and by the way, don’t mind so-and-so when you’re in the interview if they start to cry. They always do that.”

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fran January 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

frank, it’s impossible not to laugh. it’s so preposterous.

crystal, can you imagine sitting there and suddenly experiencing that? what to do — comfort the woman? uncomfortably turn away?

paul, i love it: don’t mind so and so…she always does that. too funny.

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