< Upheaval: The jury is still out

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The jury is still out

Daniel is on the interview board at the police department. He really loves doing this as part of his job - he gets to know the applicants, and he gets to be nosy, which is one of his favorite pastimes. I have never given much thought to the days when he suits up and goes "for interviews" but today opened my eyes.

I am still doing the job search thing, and I had an interview today. My past experiences with interviews (I can recall 6 off the top of my head) have involved myself and a potential supervisor discussing my qualifications and the position they were seeking to fill. I have NEVER had to sit before a panel and answer questions. Until today.

It was me against a team of teachers. The seven women had papers in front of them. They fired questions at me. When I answered, they all bent dutifully over their papers and wrote notes. I felt like I was sitting before a grand jury. The questions were generic and ambiguous:

What are your strengths? (organization, efficiency)
What could you bring to the team? (uh... what?)
Where do we fit in to your long term goals? (define "long term")
What would you do (oooh-oooh!) for a Klondike bar? (anything but this)

I left feeling like those people didn't know me any better than when I had first walked through the door. Is this really an effective way to interview someone for a job? Were they just screening me for obvious social dysfunction, and maybe will call me back later?

I asked Daniel if this is what he does when he is interviewing. He laughed and said that it isn't so much WHAT you say, but HOW you say it, and how confident you are. Sheesh. Why didn't he tell me that before I went? I coulda saved myself a lot of worry about the content of my answers, as long as I said them with conviction, right?

"I could bring COOKIES to the team! Every week!"


Blogger Jennboree said...

That's funny. I don't believe in panel interviews. I think they are not true representations of the company or the interviewee. Especially if they don't tell you before the interview that it will be with six people and not one or even two!

Then again, if you offer to bring cookies...

8:03 AM  
Blogger Princess21 said...

I would not have survived!!! Too many people to impress!! Being cute and little is harder faced with a group!!!

Still praying for you and your job search!!!

I like cookies!! :)

8:17 AM  
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hmmm, bring on the cookies!!!

9:01 AM  
Blogger jes said...

I'm sooooo not above bribery for the love of my co-workers.

That is why I, too, bring cookies.

12:48 PM  
Blogger worshipnaked said...

Gah, I HATE interviews of ANY kind! I always feel like an ass.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

That's how my interview was to get the job I still have... and it was doubly hard because one of the people on the panel of judges was my student teaching sponsor teacher. And I had her letter of rec in with my application.
It was hard to deal with all those eyes staring at you, trying to read all of their faces to figure out what kind of answers they wanted you to give. When it's just one on one, you can kind of tell how you're doing as you go... not with a whole line of them!

9:38 PM  
Blogger koyama said...

I hate that too. It is a good sign that you haven't had too many interviews!! I have this awful habit of making a joke to break the ice. What rhymes with R-I-S-K-Y. I am sure you did a stellar job - keep us posted!!

11:35 PM  
Blogger Heidillydoo said...

Ugh I hate panel interviews and I feel your pain.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

How about Doughnuts? Will you bring doughnuts?

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jennboree said...


Bet she wouldn't bring powdered!

9:45 AM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

quit talking about me like i am not here!

i would not bring doughnuts. *gag*

but cookies and cake, and maybe some ice cream.

i have a follow up interview this afternoon at 4. apparently the committee "fell in love with me." pshaw. if only they knew. ;)

10:31 AM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

Nice reference to Steel Magnolias, Amanda!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

WHAT?!?! No Doughnuts?

I wouldn't hire you then.


1:17 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I would totally have to hire you, if only for the fact that you can bring a movie line into every single conversation there is!

8:16 PM  

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