November 07, 2003
Interview honesty

I was chatting to Michael yesterday about job interviews. Interviewees can be dishonest occasionally, but it's usually the interviewer who is the most bare-faced. Just once, I'd like to hear the truth:

"Yeah, it's pretty shit working here. The work is tedious, there's no training, and we've not introduced any new technology or work practises since 1985. And the bureaucracy is a bastard.

On the other hand, we don't mind if you are a bit shit at your job, and just so long as you spend the hours here, we don't care if you achieve fuck all."

Posted to Apropos of nothing by Simon Brunning at November 07, 2003 01:32 PM

So cynical, for one so young.

Posted by: Andy Todd on November 7, 2003 02:19 PM

I work at an aerospace company, building and testing satellites. One time I went to a job interview for a defence contractor / consultant, basically they just go to meetings, write Power Point, do an occaisional white paper involving missile defence. I don't know what I was thinking, and neither did they. When I told them how I spent most of my days, the guy was shocked. "You actually get to work on the spacecraft? In person? You don't understand... I've been working on this project for 5 years, and I've never even SEEN any hardware!" It was pretty funny. Fortunately I didn't get an offer.

Posted by: rob on November 13, 2003 05:50 PM
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