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Is it normal to hate job interviews? I mean I just don't feel welcome when they are asking me these questions like how can you make our business look better or what do you see yourself in 5 years? Stuff like that. Or tell us a little bit about yourself. It is also very disappointing when they say they have other people to interview as well. I'm thinking to myself then whats the point of going to an interview when there are other people to interview too. Whats the logic in that? Interviews just seem like a waste of time. Anybody else feel like this.
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Lmao I just came from an interview And it's vary unerving. I hate them too like, "Just give me the job already dude, I said I'm going to be good at it just believe me!" Unfortunately it doesn't work like that :C Equal rights to all that apply and what not..
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Starting a new job sucks too. . . .
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howaminotmyself
Have you ever sat on the other side of that table? Being an interviewer isn't much fun either.
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Being an interviewer is infinitely worse than being an interviewee. I actually like being an interviewee. Interviewers give you a question without an answer and then you get to be creative with it. But most interviewees don't. As an interviewer, you see six people over a day, none of which gives a flying fuck about anything at all and then you're forced to pick one who seems least likely to burn the premises to the ground.

I didn't used to like the modern technique of throwing interviewees a curve ball such as "tell me a joke", but it sorts the wheat from the chaff. I've even gone into interviews expecting that question and preparing not just an answer but an answer that is relevant to that company and that interview. Delievered as if you've just thought of it, you're pretty much guaranteed a job. Whether you have the presence of mind to come up with it on the fly, or the presence of mind to do your prep, you're the kind of person the company wants.

For my present job, over a hundred people applied. Over 90% failed because of their poorly written applications. Of the eight that were interviewed, half didn't have all the experience required. That left four. Of those four, half couldn't answer the "killer" question. That left two. Out of those two, I was most personable.

It sounds arrogant to say that beat over a hundred people to this job but it isn't. I was right for the job and the job was right for me. That's what the interview process highlights. If I applied for a job as a jockey, a steeplejack, or a ballet dancer, I'd fall at the first hurdle too. And it's only right for someone to test whether I'd be a good ballet dancer before paying me lots of money to dance.
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howaminotmyself
@: dappled
I was the only interviewee for my current job. They needed to fill the position quickly and I knew the right people. And it's hard not to love me :). Really, it's all about networking. It was quite the relief after nine months of, "sorry, you have too much experience."

I hated searching for an assistant. After firing my first (she always called in sick) I was overwhelmed with work and had little time to devote to a search. Reading over dozens of resumes and filtering out the bad ones you are left with just people. The interview itself was about finding a personal connection. And people are often not themselves in an interview. I actually hired someone overqualified and risked her leaving for something better because of my first phone conversation with her. Meeting her in person only confirmed that her personality would balance the office dynamics. But I still had to go through the motions of interviewing other people.

Oh, and I'd love to see you do ballet. Will you wear tights?
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@: dappled
If you don't mind me asking, what is your current job?

Also, get back to the question at hand, it is perfectly normal to dislike interviews. Unfortunately they are a necessary evil. The more you go to, they easier they become and the more experience you get :)
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No, I don't mind at all, although my answer won't leave you any the wiser because my role has developed in many different directions and there isn't really a job title for what I do. Basically, though, I work with professors (mainly medical) who approach me when they vaguely know what they want to do but don't know how to do it.

Basically, I'm the opposite of a research professor. They have huge knowledge in very specific fields (and I do mean specific - I worked closely with the world authority on arachnid knee joints, until he retired). I'm the opposite, because I have limited knowledge in lots of areas.

As an example of something I was asked, I was approached by people who wanted a survey developing. Not a problem in itself, but the survey couldn't use any written or spoken language and it couldn't be filled in with any written, typed or spoken language. It was delivered in sign language and the answers had to be recorded in sign language without anyone (like a cameraman) being present. To make it even harder, it had to be anonymous. To make it harder still, the answers (though anonymous) had to be linked back to answers these anonymous people filled in on paper twenty years ago.

That part of my job is the closest thing to sitting in a room and doing lateral thinking puzzles all day. I love it.
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Momonator
What will you do for our company? Make it worse, duh you idiot! I hate them too, it's stupid how we need to pretty much fill their heads with what they want to hear.
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I hate them tooo ahhh
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Yes.
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well think of an interview like once i get this job i can pay off my debt and bills ok and my rent interview may be annoying but that can turn into positive because after you get the job you will be happy and the interview is over and now you make money so think of it as nothing
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I hate interviews. Especially questions like "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" A: Still employed?

"What are your strengths?" A: I'm not that stupid?

"What are your weaknesses" A: I'm really lazy and I love Japanese porn?
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