First impressions matter, particularly on the job and talent hunt. An interview is a critical point in that process and showing up with the wrong attitude can ruin your chances no matter how good your resume looks. But while this is true of employees, employers also must show a good sense of humor and good attitude when conducting interviews. So many companies have lost talents because their approach and mode of communication was either rude or poor. Below are comments from some peeps that have been frustrated from interviews.

Burnedout From Atlanta, Georgia

I went through one particularly nasty interview several years back, in which it was blatantly obvious from the moment I walked through the door they didn’t want me. At one point, the Manager who was interviewing me had the gall to ask, irritated: “Why are you here,

“Because you ASKED me to come”, I answered calmly and in my best professional tone….which is more than could ever be said for her.

fedup from Farmington, Michigan

I am tired of interviewers who have had someone (like my daughter) drive 800 miles for an interview and then only give them a half hour because they are looking for someone with supervisory experience. Like her resume and the fact that she JUST got her degree didn’t tip you off.

fassinger in Cleveland, Ohio.

The second discussion I wanted to contribute to is regarding the frustration many interviewees feel about going on an interview to be either interviewed by someone rude or to find out they weren’t qualified, etc.

If you can look at every interview as an opportunity (that someone else may not have gotten) to learn something and to practice your interviewing skills, then maybe that will help to keep you motivated, optimistic, and in a good frame of mind. As I have written about before, some people wait until they get that interview for that ideal job. They passed up a handful of other interviewing opportunities because they knew they didn’t want the job, and then they arrive at the interview they do want (but blow it for any number of reasons) but don’t do well because their interviewing skills haven’t been practiced enough.

If you don’t have plans to do something else anyway, and if you have gas in your car, go on those interviews you don’t really think you want to PRACTICE – to become more confident, to get experience being asked questions.

sunshine in London, United Kingdom

Yea that’s disrespectful and rude. I sent my application to a company, got a response a few days later (email) saying I have an interview. So I agree on a day & time and when I get there, another applicant is there having interview! Ok a bit confused as I was, I tried to do my best. Luckily it was an informal interview but the thing was that the only one who got anything to say was the interviewer, he didn’t ask me nor the other person anything. And then all of a sudden ANOTHER person joins in.
Ok so after 2 hours the interview is finally over, on the question ‘could you tell me a bit about the recruitment process? the interviewer seemed very annoyed, telling us ‘that’s an unpolite question’
The day after the interview I emailed him a thank you note and got reply that he would like to speak more to me, suggesting I would call him. During the chat he didn’t say anything I didn’t already know, but gave me a project to do during the coming weekend. The task was to answer the question ‘what can you bring/contribute to this company?’ I sat the whole weekend brainstorming and sketching my ideas and thought, and sent the document to his email yesterday. Today morning I got a response saying he’d LOVE to talk more to me and discuss what I’ve written in order to get to the next level, ‘why don’t you call me so we can take this further?’ he wrote. Why doesn’t he hire me if he’s interested?

designer bee in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Not only are they not hiring for the nitpick reasons, they are laying off for any little offense. If not they make something up if they don’t like you.

I really think they need to look at how the hiring person treats applicants. The person hiring needs to make a good impression. They are representing the company. Even if it is only a test of how the applicant will react, how is the applicant to know? All they see is a company they don’t want to work for, because it will only get worse when hired.

Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvani

When I was out of work back in ’98, I went to this one staffing agency in downtown Philadelphia. I was in there for three hours and going through the entire application process. During the interview, the woman (who I interviewed with) was correcting my resume as I was speaking. This really bothered me. I gave her a piece of my mind, and I refuse to deal with agency ever again. I think they have since gone out of business.

Another time, I called this one staffing agency, and I didn’t like the way the guy questioned me on the phone. I cut it short right there and then.

Also, when I was out of work back in ’84, I went to another agency in downtown Philadelphia, and I didn’t like the way the girl questioned me. I called her the next day and let her know that I did not appreciate the way that I was treated when I was in to see her.

If prospective employers are going to be rude to you during an interview, just simiply give them a piece of your mind and tell them that you’re not interested. You don’t need to work for somebody like that.

I hate to say it, but all employers care about today is making money and hiring a “perfectionist.”

The success of a team always depends on the success of leadership, and even in the interview room, a good leadership skill is needed.


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