Sunday, November 25, 2012

Did he really want the job?

An application for an executive level job progresses through the following stages:
  • Emailed application from the applicant, including resume & cover letter.
  • Return email & brief email exchange.
  • A few telephone calls from Mine Host to applicant.
  • Skype call.
  • Face-to-face interview.
For an interview with a particular candidate, Mine Host travelled 1700km.  A not particularly long distance in the scheme of selecting key staff.

The candidate was bordering on 60 years of age. An ideal age for executive level applicants.

The candidate brought his sister into the interview.

Oh boy!


JeffS said...

Clearly not, But that's stunningly stupid, no matter what the applicant wanted.

RebeccaH said...

I'd say either the man is babysitting his clearly failing sibling, or he's incredibly insecure, or she's a domineering smotherer. All three good reasons for giving him a pass.

Steve at the Pub said...

The sister gave me rather a harsh sudden outburst midway through the interview. Odd. She'd clearly been supressing something the whole time, & finally she burst.

The sister wasn't particularly sharp.

The lack of judgement/awareness exhibited by bringing his sister along manifested itself in lots of other ways. There wasn't any doubt he was totally unsuitable for the position.