HR uses personality tests to protect their jobs when bad hires are made. Hiring managers use the tests to try and do less badly at reading personalities. If they would test themselves first, things would go better.
This article also shows why a two question test often works just as well as the hour long [...]
How would you react to a candidate who said, “You have to give me a new job. I am seriously considering suicide.”
I deal with that problem for real, literally. Forgive me, please, all of you suicide counselors, but I react the same way to that statement as I do to a threat on my [...]
Nerds don’t just happen to dress informally. They do it too consistently. Consciously or not, they dress informally as a prophylactic measure against stupidity. (Paul Graham)
My partner changed the career of a man stuck in a job rut. He was looking for a job and no one would hire him. His current boss wouldn’t [...]
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. (Charles C. Colton)
Passing technical interviews used to be the bane of my company’s existence. I would send very qualified individuals for programming jobs. They would come back from their technical interview bleak and [...]
I did great in my first interview for my first job as a programmer temp. Then they started asking questions about exactly how a database control statement was written. I had written the crazy things, but I couldn’t remember exactly how it had to go. I was forced to admit I just couldn’t remember.
They don’t really call them phone interviews in HR, they call them phone screens.
Don’t be fooled that you are ever being called on the phone for a job interview. The only reason you are ever “interviewed” on the phone is because they hope to keep from having to meet you. The idea is [...]
I lived a couple of summers on a dairy and hog farm. There were only two things to do with manure, put it on the fields or in the creek. Yes, once it went into the creek. The manure that went on the fields helped grow more corn and alfalfa. The manure that went [...]
Phone interviews are done to screen you out. Phone interviews only allow a first impression. You have to prepare for your phone interview, so you can get to the next step, an in-person interview.
Find the right place. You cannot interview well at your desk at work if others can hear you or [...]
Phone interviews are done to screen you out. It is easier to end a phone interview with you after 5 minutes than to kick you out of their office after 5 minutes.
Phone interviews only allow a first impression. That is all they want.
They will see you in a phone interview
Telephone call: “Bryan, do you have a minute Bryan? Well, Bryan, I am representing a company, Bryan, that has a product, Bryan, that will change your life, Bryan.”
Someone taught the salesman that using my name would get my attention. No one told him that using it too much would get me mad. I [...]