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Subject:RE: RE: Fun Interview Stories From:"Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com Date:Thu, 21 Aug 2003 21:58:38 -0400
I applied for a couple of documentation jobs at an affiliated company, and
didn't have to travel far (or change my clothes) for the interviews. The
first was with the manager I'd be reporting to (back in the old days, the
manager would screen the resumes first, then hand them to HR). We got along
well, he seemed to like my skills and style, and I was scheduled for the
second interview. This one was with the HR person -- she didn't seem to like
me and showed it. We had never met before, to my knowledge, and she didn't
know my manager and knew no one on my team. I was on time, in proper dress
(black suit and heels), and didn't smell like cat litter (I checked
beforehand with a co-worker -- I'm anosmic).
I can't understand (and never asked) why she took such an obvious dislike --
or who she'd talked to about me beforehand. All I know is, the hostility was
coming off her in waves. I wore no perfume (who, me?), lipstick only for
makeup, cropped, uncoloured and greying hair, little bitty earrings -- maybe
I scared her somehow... she was younger than me... I showed no bloodstains
from the previous interview...
The second manager for another position had to leave the room 3 times and
finally had to end the interview due to morning sickness. I never did get