I still have quite a few responses to read over on Negative Hiring Experiences, but I thought today I’d share some of the positive ones readers sent in.
As always, feel free to send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (I’ll post them anonymously).
1. I worked for a corporation a few years ago, in the warehouse. It was back breaking work. I ended up getting hurt. I was still with the company and I was free to apply to any job posting I was qualified for.
A meeting with a human resource rep was set up. I applied for a job as an advertising coordinator. I was able to get an interview. The interview was conducted by a senior category manager. He interviewed me asking a lot of different questions. The questions weren’t all work related. The interview lasted about an hour. He told me he has a lot of applicants left to interview and he would get back to me with a decision.
A couple of days past and I received a phone call. It was the senior category manager. He told me that I didn’t get the job. He told me the reasons and gave me positive feedback about how well the interview went. He told me with a little more education I would be were I want to be. I didn’t get that job but I took away a lot from the interview. The way I was treated was fair. I was told I would receive a call with a decision and I got just that. I later left the company on a sour note but I will always remember that interview.
2. My best job search experience was when I was first hired. I had two interviews in the same day for openings in two different departments. They both offered me the job contingent on the paperwork being filed. So I accepted both positions. I found out a few days later there was actually a foot race to the HR office by the two supervisors because the first one to file the paperwork won me! That was good for my self-esteem.
3. A good experience I had through the hiring process was going through a mass interviewing session which was held inside a gym with different divisions and departments. One department was trying to fill all vacancies before the freeze went into effect.
You would go from chair to chair in a room filled with tables that held a manager to “fast interview” for each position that you qualified for. It was kind of unusual but I eventually finished and filled out my survey of each position. I checked which ones I would accept and which ones I wasn’t interested in.
I felt that the survey was useful in preserving everyone’s time. I got a call back from my top choice and was excited and was told that they had selected me and were waiting approval to officially offer me the job.
I waited for two months before it finally came, however, it was great that they kept calling and sending me e-mails to ensure me that they had not chosen another candidate. I thought that was really great.