Interview Tales - trends, offers, rejections etc.
I've had approx. five interviews past three months including with recruiters, zero offers to date. Here is the breakdown:
Full Time Roles:
-Three interviews where the company ended up changing their minds about the role.
a) One was with an industry specific recruitment company. I was very qualified for the role they emailed me with and found out that the day before (when they still had a chance to contact me so we could both avoid wasting each others time) that their client had upgraded the title and job. I took the day off and commuted down. It was obvious to both of us that I wasn't qualified, it appeared the senior recruiter hadn't even looked at my resume and went 'its not like you have a TON of experience' well duh! that's why I'm not applying to jobs I'm not qualified for! they said they'd put me forward regardless and that it would be a 'tough sell' and I never heard from them again. Super unprofessional. Got prescreen and interview right away when I responded to opportunity.
b) One was with a company also through a recruiter (the most professional one to date) I had to lie and take the day off to commute two hours to this interview. Really probed as to why I was leaving current job and seemed suspicious. Got a call three weeks later and apparently according to lady on phone, I interviewed well but the job became p/t and went to someone internally. Prescreen and interview within a week.
c) One was a call I got today for another company where I did a prescreen with an HR Coordinator and a recorded Skype interview approx three weeks ago. They decided not to hire for that role anymore and now its more of an HR role, I was asked if I was interested but told them I wasn't. Was told they'd keep me in mind for they hire again for the original position in January. Three weeks for whole process, prescreen/Skype/verdict.
- interview where there ended up being a more qualified candidate, the process was long winded with a prescreen and two interviews including a test of software (excel, inDesign). Approx. two months total for whole process.
- interview with a company, where I filled out an application form on their website a month ago (and actually got a call back from it, shockingly enough!) the best phone interview to date. Then face to face with someone else. She is interviewing four other people and hasn't contacted my references yet. From my track record I'm not expecting a great response. Never heard back despite followup.
Entry Level Contract jobs:
-A group interview for a very entry level role. It went well but it was two hours long! We had to act out scenarios and go around and answer questions individually. Basically getting 'hired' means going on a call list for any opportunities. Got the opportunity to be on this companies call list for future shifts. One and a half weeks to get response.
- Even while employed it's not easy to get an offer, it is easier to get an interview.
- Companies in my industry don't seem to know what their needs are, have junior level coordinators for prescreens that don't know the job
- If you're in a junior role be prepared to be treated like dirt, go through numerous loopholes to hear the final verdict weeks later.
- Third party Recruiters will most likely waste your time unless you have years of exact experience and are worth while to them. I will respond with resume if they initiate contact but I will be more cautious before meeting for sure.
- An interview is a good sign but doesn't mean much, it can go great but it means nothing until you have a written offer.
- A lot of companies and their recruiters/HR departments, hiring managers will say and do anything and it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Anyone else care to share? how many interviews to date? any strange interviews? interview questions? trends? etc.