Picking up on the Showing Compassion To A Job Seeker post from Friday, Darlene McDaniel talks about how hiring managers can show compassion to a job seeker, specifically in an interview! Go figure.
I remember as a hiring manager my goal was to look for the best person. I wanted someone competent who was low-maintenance and would make me look good (in front of my peers and customers). The interview was a place where I could learn more about them, and see what their personalities were, how quick they were on their feet, etc.
I wasn’t a jerk, but I knew I was in a position of power. I was trying to figure out who I would hire. I had a job to do.
I didn’t realize how jerky this could come across. I don’t excuse any hard or weird questions, as I had a purpose for all of them.
But I don’t remember taking a cell phone call during an interview. Or jumping out of an interview for an impromptu meeting. Or being late to an interview (making the interviewer wait an long time), or responding to e-mail on a crackberry.
When I became a lowly job seeker, I had all that happen to me.
Go check out Darlene’s post – she has a list of seven things for hiring managers. If you are a hiring manager, perhaps this will help.
If you are a job seeker, don’t read it. It will only be one more thing to frustrate you, as you see more of this in interviews.