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Interviewing for a "Job" in 2004
Douglas Chick

David Youmans is a 46-year-old single white male, (he didn't sent me this for a personal ad) he lost his job 2 days before Christmas, 2003. He told me that finally in April 2004 he just started getting replies to his resume for interviews, but much has changed since last he had to interviewed for a job. 

David said that during these interviews, it was evident to him that with corporate down sizing the way it has been in this country, higher-level duties have been passed down to lower level employees. He has been interviewed by receptionists, truck drivers, and HR clerks. 

"Most of which could barely get out a coherent sentence, let alone conduct an informative interview." 

He said that he has been asked his sexual preference, if he uses illegal drugs, what his childhood was like and what his outside interest are. 

Here is an example of one of David's job interviews:

"I interviewed with a small local manufacturing company. The HR manager was a woman. I felt like I was interviewing at a truck stop in rural West Virginia. During the interview she chomped on a piece of bubble gum and blew bubbles. She fired questions at me like a cop interrogating a crime suspect. Then she kept interrupting me when I attempted to answer. I was becoming annoyed. Finally she offered me a position for $9.00 per hour. When I declined she hurled my resume at me from across her desk. I picked up my resume and started to walk out the door without saying a word. She curtly said 'Keep checking our web site for future job listings'."

Interviewing for a job today might be a little different than it was a few years ago. Clerks have been promoted to replace the duties of their managers, and HR staff has been cut back to favor the management. Even at the company where I work, as much as I like the lady that run our HR department, she was promoted from a position where she used to be a company trainer, and she trained counter personal in our branch offices. Companies in this economy are transferring duties to less trained, under educated staff members that have no choice but to take on the extra work or be without a job themselves. 

So what do you do if you are confronted with this type of interview? Do you lower your communication skills so you can interact with your interviewer? Should you change your hair design to a mullet and wear your best NASCAR t-shirt? Or do you just go in as you have in the past and hope that your interviewer isn't a gum poppin trailer park clerk? I don't know what the answer is, but it certainly is sometime to consider if you're are in the market for a job. 

DougChick@TheNetworkAdministrator.com




 


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