Did you like being insulted in the name of Job Interview?
Have you ever been in a situation where you find yourself helpless? I am sure the answer to that question is yes. We have all been in situations that disappoint, frustrate and even make us depressed. One such situation is being jobless and desperately waiting for the right opportunity to knock the inbox.
But, there are more factors than just one that can be depressing when you are jobless. The fact that money stops coming in, that you find it hard to kill time and that you feel like the odd one out in the group where everyone else is employed, can be well deflating. Moreover, there can be one more factor that doesn’t just make you disappointed but makes you angry and irate and that is being interviewed by a person who makes it very clear that they have no interest in meeting you.
Wondering what I am talking about? I am talking about being exposed to people who go out of their way to make the interviewee feel small and out of place. I am not going to name any company or person but my experience of being unemployed has exposed me to experiences that can have a very alarming impact.
I am appalled at the attitude of people who are blessed to be employed (mind you, I did not use the word skilled). I have been in a couple of situations where I was in a meeting room, being interviewed by a person, who is in the position of power and their body language clearly shows that they either have no interest in interviewing a candidate or they feel too big to be speaking to a job seeker.
I recently went for the third round of the interview at a big company, after being grilled for 80 minutes in the first round and giving the writing test, I was called for the third round, where I was interviewed by a person who carried a lot of negative energy ( I am someone who pays attention to body language, aura and energy), what I felt coming from him to me was down right negative and my assessment started to prove right with each passing moment that I spent in that interview room with him.
He started with asking me questions while not looking at me. He’d ask me a question and as soon as I would start giving the answer, he’d give a scornful smile and ask the next question. At every answer, he’d give me a look that said ‘well, you are saying the obvious’. I could say to him that the answer is obvious because the question is so basic. At one point, he even said to me that 99 out of 100 people give the same answer to me. My point is, if you are expecting a creative answer, ask a creative question. You will not get anything beyond basic out of a below basic question.
At another instance, I was met by a lady, who kept looking at my CV and took her about 40 seconds to ask each question. She wouldn’t look at me while I answered and she didn’t have an opinion on anything I said. One more story from another interview, after being to one company twice for the interview, I was told that they are looking for a technical writer. Did they not know I am not a technical writer before they called me, not once but twice?
The point that I am trying to make here is that insulting someone you don’t even know and the one who has traveled or driven for two hours, just to attend an interview, is so out of line. Being rude, or being a chauvinist pig in the name of ‘pressure introduction’ or ‘interview tactic’ is like manipulating the power that you have been trusted with.
The point is to remember the responsibility that comes with power as while you are swinging in illusion, you might loose a good candidate who has all the attributes that the advertised role requires but somehow these so called people in position forget that they too were job seekers once and they too hated meeting a bully when they went for job interviews.