- When I schedule a time for you to come in, don't arrive 30 minutes early. Go get a cup of cofee or read the newspaper in your car. I specifically scheduled you at that time because I've got a bunch of things I have to do first thing in the morning and I need to make sure everybody is off and running before I take 2 hours out to talk to you.
- If I ask you to come in, don't ask me for directions. Sure, I'll give you the address, but we're all big girls and boys and we know how to use Mapquest, right?
- I'll take about 2 minutes to go over the company and what we do, but I expect you to have some background on the company before I talk to you at length. We have this thing called the Internet now.
- Don't ask me specifics about benefits. Sure we have a 401(k) and a Medical plan, but I don't have the slightest idea about the specifics. That's why we have HR.
- When I schedule a time to call you, don't give me your cell phone number. I'm calling you about a job, not to go out for a beer. If you don't want to talk at work, I'm cool with that. In fact, I'd rather call you at home where we can let the conversation go where it wants to.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Interviewing Pet Peeves
Interviewing is one of those areas that you become pretty good at if you're in IT. Over the last couple of years, I have come to interview quite a few candidates for various job. Here are some of my pet peeves of interviewing candidates: