An interview can be one of the most important opportunities in your life. Whether you are applying for your dream job or just desperate for a job, an interview is a pivotal moment that can change your life forever. However, not all interviews go as we’d hope.
Last year, in an effort to earn more money, I began responding to various advertisements for job opportunities. Because I already had a decent job, I only applied for positions that were promising an increase in wages. Surprisingly to me, in my first week of casually applying, I received a response regarding a position I thought sounded very interesting, and at a $2 pay increase per hour. I happily accepted the opportunity for an interview. I wasn’t prepared for what I’d encounter when I walked through the door.
The person who greeted me was scantily clad. I averted my eyes and waited for the owner to arrive for our interview. When another lady in a dress so short that I could see her buttcheeks when she walked, came strolling through the front door 30 minutes later, I would not have guessed that she, in her six inch stilettos, would, in fact, be the owner.
The strangest thing happened in this interview: the owner did not ask me a single question. She spoke for over an hour, making very little sense, and shook her fists angrily in the air while talking about some trucker guy who “pi$$ed her off so bad!” I am not exaggerating when I say that I did not speak one time. After her rant she said “You know, I like you, but you don’t seem like you’re very interested in the position.” Not wanting to insult her, I disagreed and told her that I was. “Great, when can you start?” She asked. I walked away feeling the most confused I’d ever felt in my life.
When I got home that evening I researched the company and found an enormity of horrible reviews from clients and past employees, and I learned my lesson. I will always research the company prior to showing up for an interview. There are two benefits of this; if you find a company you’ll love working for, you can impress the interviewee with your knowledge of the company; if you find a company you’d rather not work for, you can save yourself the stress and decline. I respectfully declined the position that night, but will never forget that bizarre interview and the lesson I learned because of it!