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2013-01-06 10:57:32 PM
5 votes:

Ishidan: Oldiron_79: Ive had issues with "zomfg you was laid off, laid off people must have been dead wood" um no I was laid off because i was bottom of the totem pole douche. I have lots of verifiable experiance and a provable good work record.

Are you saying you were the douche, or did you call the interviewer a douche?


I had assumed he was referring to a specialized device called a "totem pole douche", used by indigenous Americans to clean beetle infestations from totem poles, and that the guy stuck with the bottom of that specialized device has, traditionally, the least seniority on the team that deploys that particular device.
2013-01-06 11:47:29 PM
4 votes:
delaney55.files.wordpress.com

So I meet all the qualifications - when can I start?
2013-01-06 10:02:04 PM
4 votes:

falcon176: loyalty is dead don't give employers 2 weeks notice, they won't give you 2 hours


Let me guess, you've gotten the "Here's a box, clean out your desk, your computer access has already been locked, this security guard will make sure you don't take company property with you" treatment at least once.

*checks profile*

Why I can't imagine why somebody would do such a thing to a person with SUCH a charming personality.
2013-01-06 08:57:44 PM
4 votes:
When I was in college I was a manager for the engineering school's "tech crew" - students who fixed computers on campus.  They were cushy jobs, and there were 10 slots to hire for every year.  The first year I got to hire students I was informed by another employee that it was a "Pakistani year."  Turns out for years the Indian students and the Pakistani students had been swapping out the tech crew jobs because they refused to work with one another.  So on an Indian year, only Indian students would apply, and on a Pakistani year, only Pakistani students would apply.

I asked the employee what would happen if I hired a white or black employee, and he assured me that wouldn't happen.  I asked him why.  "Because I throw those resumes out," he said.
2013-01-07 01:30:07 AM
3 votes:

Electriclectic: Where do you see yourself in five years?


Oh you know....piloting my own personal killbot mech through the city streets, strafing the mall with my machine-gun arms, and laughing maniacally as the people run screaming trying to avoid the stamping of my mecha-boots.

Why do you ask?
2013-01-06 11:02:20 PM
3 votes:

Aces and Eights: Weirdest question anyone asked me in a job interview: "What would you do if you were on a bus and someone was drunk and threw up in the aisle?"

Somehow I must have given the right answer. I was offered the job, and accepted it. Didn't stay long. The place was stranger than the interview.


I would get off the bus as soon as possible. Last thing I need is the bus driver yelling at me to clean up my mess.
KIA
2013-01-06 10:55:05 PM
3 votes:

FormlessOne: I can't imagine anyone becoming upset at doing what's considered the absolute minimum for an expected absence...


I am of a similar mindset. Here's the followup: the employee was so upset that they tried the "I'm not speaking to you" thing. Then they went to top HR with a complaint and... I could almost weep with joy here, need a moment *sniffle* HR came back to them with a letter - and I shiat you not - that not only told them (in corporatespeak) to STFU and GBTW, but also quoted the dictionary definition of "insubordination" and cited chapter and verse from the manual what happens to insubordinate employees.

/ Love the current HR rep
// As a completely socially and politically appropriate expression of appreciation and figure of speech, not to be taken literally
2013-01-06 10:25:15 PM
3 votes:

my alt's alt's alt: "what would you say your biggest weakness is?"

"tolerating bullshiat interviews."


"Bullets."

"Green kryptonite."

"Games that require timed jumps."
2013-01-06 10:25:12 PM
3 votes:
www.hrneurope.com
2013-01-06 10:12:38 PM
3 votes:
"what would you say your biggest weakness is?"

"tolerating bullshiat interviews."
2013-01-06 10:07:12 PM
3 votes:
An ex girlfriend was helping her boss interview candidates for a position. After the boss left the room, the candidate says "wow I hope I don't have to work for her, that woman is a biatch!"

Needless to say, she didn't get the job.

//she did file and EEO complaint claiming racism though.
2013-01-06 08:23:55 PM
3 votes:
Is that how they're describing nepotism now?
2013-01-07 01:36:36 AM
2 votes:
Currently in the market for a job that only requires the heavy use of sarcasm, swear words, and an unfailing ability to b.s.
2013-01-07 01:04:40 AM
2 votes:
I'm not a good culture fit. I don't like *people*, as a general rule. I really don't like my co-workers. I enjoy tasks that are similar to my job; but I don't really want to do my job. I get paid a 'fair wage' but that limits me to only put in a 'fair amount' of effort. I don't bust my ass for the good of the company, I do just enough to get 'good' reviews - nothing more. And the entire time, I have one foot out the door waiting for anything better to come along.

But I'm REALLY GOOD at interviews.

It's strange. I've had a lot of similar situations growing up. When I'm 'on' I can act a certain way - for example - high school debate or theater or being the class clown; but take that away and even though I appear outgoing and social, I just like *attention*, not the people that give it. Once I'm not 'on', I really don't care. I'm not friendly. I don't want to hear about your wife or your kids or your husband or your funny story or anything else. Meh. I just want to dick around for five hours, take a long lunch, and go home.

But put me in an interview - and bam - I'm Mr. Popular! Mr. Good Culture fit. Friendly, funny, knowledgeable...I don't know or plan what I'll say before I show up - but I'm really good at picking up on what they want me to say. Maybe, with some training, I could be some sort of cold-reading psychic...I don't know. One interview I find myself saying how work-life balance is important and how working at a big, faceless insurance company just wasn't for me; that I wanted to 'make a difference'. Got that job. Next interview I'm saying that I just wasn't challenged enough, that I was tired of doing a good job, I wanted to do a great job! I wanted to push myself and see just how far and how good I can become. Even the lunch-interview with co-workers....I could go 10 years without having lunch with a co-worker or asking them a question or caring about an answer; but when I'm on my job interview and we go out to lunch, bam, I can pretend to care. You like that sport? Oh yeah - me too! Why, I even used to play in high school. You guys are all nerds and have level 60 toons on WoW (this was years back when 60 was the cap) oh man! I love that game, let me tell you about my bot wrote! Yeah it *IS* awesome. You guys can't stand slackers who talk about WoW all day? Oh man, me neither. I had some coworkers and all they'd do is talk about stupid computer games. I mean seriously......

Whatever. All complete bullshiat. I want to do the minimum amount of work for the maximum amount of pay. I don't care what I work on. I don't care what the company does or makes or if it exploits 3rd world labor or donates profits to 3rd world countries - I just want my damn check. I'm currently in the banking/finance sector, so that's a more acceptable attitude, but I'd say it even if it weren't true in situations where I think people want to hear it.

But it's a GREAT feeling when someone tells you that you are overpaid for your work history, but offers you your asking salary. Or when they say, 'You don't quite have the qualifications we're looking for; but we are going to take a chance on you, because your a great fit for this role'.

I don't know what a better system would be, but putting a lot of value in someone's interview skills will get you candidates who are good at interviews - not good at work. If you put a value in cultural fit, you'll get people who can pretend to be likable during the interview/hiring phase.

I'm seven for seven in job interviews. If I can make it to the interview, I've gotten an offer 100% of the time. And I'm just some crappy slacker. I've got buddies from college who are twice the employee that I am, who interview poorly, who would be a MUCH BETTER choice than I - but companies are happy enough to hire a-holes like me.
2013-01-07 12:08:37 AM
2 votes:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: First question in every interview I conduct: "so, Star Was or Star Trek?"

First it show me how the person reacts to a curve ball if the candidate is off guard and nervous that's bad if it gets them to relax that's good. If they get off guard by such a simple question than they'll never make it in shipping. The truckers will get you alive. Second it keeps all the damn Trekkers away from me.

The last girl I hired answered "Firefly". Best filing clerk we got.


subspacecomms.com
2013-01-06 11:42:16 PM
2 votes:

Meow928: Also --- surprised I have to post this. Would have thought someone else would have already.

Monty Python's Job Interview


Or this one:

Chase/Pryor word association interview (NSFW)
2013-01-06 11:21:56 PM
2 votes:
Biggest problem in our society: High School never ends.
2013-01-06 10:49:16 PM
2 votes:
OK, personalities can clash, and there are fit/no fit extremes out there. However, can you really tell someone's "cultural" aspects from an interview? I've seen people hired who are charismatic and make a great first impression -- only to turn out to be failures or farked in the head (or both).

If only they'd asked the right question at the start, they could have weeded out those Star Wars fanboy losers...

[ducks]
2013-01-06 10:39:31 PM
2 votes:
What's your favorite movie?
--Tyler Perry
Where would you like to visit?
--Detroit
What makes you nervous?
--Cowboys
Thanks for coming in.
2013-01-06 10:32:22 PM
2 votes:
Bullshiat.

Otherwise why would companies continue to rely on work visas? Those Indians from one of many diploma mills is not a cultural fit, nor do they wish to be.
2013-01-06 10:20:08 PM
2 votes:

Does not culturally fit together:


www.fivesistersproductions.com


/Beet farms

2013-01-06 10:13:31 PM
2 votes:
Sorry, you didn't get the job. Yes, you are qualified but you are a boring asshole.
2013-01-06 09:58:27 PM
2 votes:
So working is about more than prior work experience.

And this is new.

OK then.
2013-01-06 09:45:34 PM
2 votes:
I don't culturally fit in with anyone, that's why I'm self employed. Don't bother applying because you won't culturally fit in with me.
2013-01-06 09:42:22 PM
2 votes:
Apparently I'm dating wrong.

*The More You Know*
2013-01-07 01:44:11 PM
1 votes:

gadian: I've found the best work places are genuinely the most diverse. This means no one "cultural fit" for a company. You have curmudgeons, air heads, frat boys, nerds, dweebs, etc. all piled into one room


What about the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, and dickheads?

3.bp.blogspot.com
2013-01-07 10:07:01 AM
1 votes:

AloysiusSnuffleupagus: A resource is something that exists to be exploited.

When personnel became human resources is when it all went to hell.


This. For the love of all that is holy, THIS. One of the snarkier questions I've ever asked an employer during an interview was whether their people's-paperwork-managing department was called Personnel or HR. They liked that question. :-)

On a related note, A Deepness in the Sky is an excellent novel, and puts a different spin on "dept of human resources".
2013-01-07 09:05:12 AM
1 votes:

Nemo's Brother: Aces and Eights: Weirdest question anyone asked me in a job interview: "What would you do if you were on a bus and someone was drunk and threw up in the aisle?"

Somehow I must have given the right answer. I was offered the job, and accepted it. Didn't stay long. The place was stranger than the interview.

How did you respond?


Shoot the hostage.
2013-01-07 08:46:50 AM
1 votes:
I'm sensing a lot of "I'm a petty, angry, introverted asshole, but you are obligated to hire me because of my self-categorized superior skillset even though you would rather punch me in the face than look at me" in this thread.

While aptitude is certainly important, making sure that you're not hiring some self-absorbed shiathead that is going to bring down the moral of the entire office is equally so. If you can't handle being asked what was the last movie that you saw then my question would be what is it you are trying to hide?
2013-01-07 08:46:04 AM
1 votes:
delaney55.files.wordpress.com
"I'm very interested in one of your more client-facing positions. I want to be the public face of your company!"
2013-01-07 06:44:12 AM
1 votes:

HotIgneous Intruder: I wanted to fark the brains out of the last HR girl who interviewed me.

/Got the job.
//Oh yeah.


www.nerve.com
2013-01-07 06:39:02 AM
1 votes:

coldf33t: Who says the "quiet ones" aren't a cultural fit?


No one. Quiet people don't say anything.
2013-01-07 06:37:39 AM
1 votes:
This is what happened when "Personnel" became "Human Resources" with mostly women in charge.
2013-01-07 02:06:06 AM
1 votes:
Seems these days when I interview for a web-design/programming position I'm confronted with nothing but self-important hipsters, and it gives me a sad.
2013-01-07 01:44:55 AM
1 votes:

Indypendy: Currently in the market for a job that only requires the heavy use of sarcasm, swear words, and an unfailing ability to b.s.


If you include alcoholism, you are a prime candidate for virtually any sales job in the country.
KIA
2013-01-06 11:43:31 PM
1 votes:
Ugh. Having now alienated the intellectual bikers, Ima gonna retire for the night.
2013-01-06 11:32:58 PM
1 votes:

zedster: The Stealth Hippopotamus: zedster: The Stealth Hippopotamus: What is that picture from?

lead singer of Drive By-Truckers

Oh. I'll have to look them up.


Thanks

Alt Country/Southern Rock Band

I suggest giving Southern Rock Opera a listen. It's a double disk concept album that tells the story of the South in the 50s-70s and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They have a lot of history in their songs for example they have a song about Sun records called Carl Perkin's Cadillac. The song is about the owner of Sun Records, Sam Philliups promising the first person to get a hit on his label would get a Caddie. Carl Perkin's had his one hit a month before Elvis and before Cash who was also on the label, thus winning the Caddie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Rock_Opera


Sharing that tidbit at certain places might denote that you're not a "cultural fit".
2013-01-06 11:30:11 PM
1 votes:

AloysiusSnuffleupagus:
I have a job, asshole.


Hey, good for you! I guess it's not a job where you would be expected to know what the phrase "Between two equally qualified candidates..." means.
2013-01-06 11:29:33 PM
1 votes:
I wasn't going to comment on this... but I'm bored.

Last year, with a little over a year's worth of experience - I applied to work at the nastiest, grungiest bar in my town. I've wanted to be a bartender for a long time, and even though I am currently working as one, it's in more of a snobby lounge, less of a real bar. I like the seediness of a real bar.

The bar I applied at is full of rednecks and bikers, rough republicans mostly. I myself am a rough republican with libertarian tendencies.

My interview started out well - "If I hired you, what could you bring to my bar?" I was asked. My response was "Friendly, efficient service - and I like to clean while I work" (the bar needs to be cleaned badly it is really gross). He then asked "What experience do you have?" I respond with "I graduated from bartending school before my daughter was born, and I have a little over a year's worth of real life experience" (I know two other girls with NO bartending experience who he hired later on). We briefly discussed the hours I would be available and that went well, since I sell my soul to my job and will work whatever they tell me to. But then, out of left field he says "We are coming up on the anniversary of the World Trade Center, you know, 9/11 - Do you think they're going to come after us again?" I said "Of course not, first of all it's already been done, second of all we would be expecting it!" He nodded sagely told me he would make a decision in a couple days and call me back. I called to follow up, and he had hired a friend of mine's step brother. This dude he hired is a tweeker, liberal, and didn't last 3 weeks before walking out on the job.

I am STILL mad. Truth is, I make a hell of a lot more at the lounge I work in... (and he actually did me a favor not hiring me) but I would have been an AMAZING employee for that bar. Reliable, hard working, enthusiastic, and even mostly republican. I'm still trying to figure out where things went wrong.

I post this, because it was a totally unrelated question there at the end, and I've always suspected that's where things went wrong. That or he LIKES his bar filthy and disgusting and was afraid someone cleaning it would kill the "atmosphere"
2013-01-06 11:28:26 PM
1 votes:
What's your favorite movie? What's your favorite website? What's the last book you read for fun? What makes you uncomfortable?

Tie: Judgment at Nuremberg, A Clockwork Orange

Fark, really

Reread of Republican Party Reptile

Dining in a group that is rude/woefully undertips the staff and being in a golf group that holds up play.

/get off my lawn
2013-01-06 11:24:46 PM
1 votes:
When I was a recruiter, along w/the normal interview questions, I would give a "general knowledge test":  Name 5 European capitols, how many inches in a yard, name 1 of the 7 wonders of the world, what is the equator...real 5th grade stuff, 10 questions in total.  And it would appall me how many applicants couldn't answer more than 2 or 3.  I found that test to be a far better indicator of an applicant's qualifications than any job history or stupid "where do you see yourself in 5 years" questions.

I have no problem with ascertaining a "cultural fit" or very basic personality.  You could be the most brilliant coder in the world but, if you're not going to fit in well with the rest of the coding team, you're not going to stay at that job.

/Strangest question I ever got on a job interview:  "What is the meaning of life?"
//It was for an IT company and I answered, "42".
///Interviewer (Director of sales) paused for a split second, cracked up, and said, "You just got yourself into the second round of interviews!"
2013-01-06 11:13:51 PM
1 votes:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: First question in every interview I conduct: "so, Star Was or Star Trek?"

First it show me how the person reacts to a curve ball if the candidate is off guard and nervous that's bad if it gets them to relax that's good. If they get off guard by such a simple question than they'll never make it in shipping. The truckers will get you alive. Second it keeps all the damn Trekkers away from me.

The last girl I hired answered "Firefly". Best filing clerk we got.


You're a fan of Star Was? That explains a lot.
2013-01-06 11:03:51 PM
1 votes:

Ishidan: CthulhuCalling: i've interviewed at zappos many times for multiple positions. they usually decide that i'm not a 'cultural fit', sometime around the time i say ' hey if maybe you took a break from the cube wars and telling everyone how wacky you guys are and hired real security guys like me, you maybe you wouldn't have had that security breach back in January'. really, they're not interested in people that WANT to get shiat done, they want people who spend 2 hours a day writing haikus in Klingon. It's been a year since their breach, they still don't have an infosec program put together. Like I told their "ZISO" the last time I talked with him "culture is fine. culture is fun, but at some point you have the let the serious guys roll up their shirtsleeves and do serious things. It's not cool, it's not hip, but it's how you keep your data".

So why keep applying? Apply to a company that takes security seriously, and let the goofy hippy shoe-retailers do whatever they want. There's plenty of serious companies out there...any one with a military contract would be a good start, I'd think.

Just saying.


I don't apply anymore, and I say "good day, sir" whenever any headhunter calls with a fantastic opportunity in my area working for a high-tech, progressive, Fortune 500 company looking for a security professional. Then I usually have to tell when why Zappos can go fark themselves as far as I'm concerned. Zappos doesn't want professionals, they want guys with big Nerf gun collections, and a lot of pajamas to wear on Hawaiian shirt day.
2013-01-06 10:59:22 PM
1 votes:
It must be nice to be in an industry where you can afford to bypass the most skilled workers because they were not cool enough for you.
2013-01-06 10:56:12 PM
1 votes:
Oh, great. So the First Date Fart Hold™ applies to work now?
2013-01-06 10:55:32 PM
1 votes:

xsarien: BokerBill: What's your favorite movie? What's your favorite website? What's the last book you read for fun? What makes you uncomfortable?

- None of your business
- None of your business
- None of your business
- A rock in my shoe

/Not a good cultural fit with any company that thinks these are important questions to ask in a job interview.

Do you give douchy answers to those questions when they're asked in a casual setting? Because what's being measured here is your ability to have a normal conversation that doesn't involve "talking shop."

It's a little jarring and their purpose is pretty transparent these days, but they can also serve as a bit of an ice breaker in a normally tense situation, like, say, a job interview.


On the other hand, discovering the folks carrying the "YER NOT THE BOSS A' ME!" chip on their shoulders in four questions or less makes a job interview go that much faster.
2013-01-06 10:51:48 PM
1 votes:

CthulhuCalling: i've interviewed at zappos many times for multiple positions. they usually decide that i'm not a 'cultural fit', sometime around the time i say ' hey if maybe you took a break from the cube wars and telling everyone how wacky you guys are and hired real security guys like me, you maybe you wouldn't have had that security breach back in January'. really, they're not interested in people that WANT to get shiat done, they want people who spend 2 hours a day writing haikus in Klingon. It's been a year since their breach, they still don't have an infosec program put together. Like I told their "ZISO" the last time I talked with him "culture is fine. culture is fun, but at some point you have the let the serious guys roll up their shirtsleeves and do serious things. It's not cool, it's not hip, but it's how you keep your data".


So why keep applying? Apply to a company that takes security seriously, and let the goofy hippy shoe-retailers do whatever they want. There's plenty of serious companies out there...any one with a military contract would be a good start, I'd think.

Just saying.
2013-01-06 10:43:38 PM
1 votes:
What's your favorite movie? What's your favorite website? What's the last book you read for fun? What makes you uncomfortable?

- None of your business
- None of your business
- None of your business
- A rock in my shoe

/Not a good cultural fit with any company that thinks these are important questions to ask in a job interview.
2013-01-06 10:39:32 PM
1 votes:

falcon176: loyalty is dead don't give employers 2 weeks notice, they won't give you 2 hours


Protip: Swing things correctly you can keep your old job for months after starting your new one.

\You think I'm not serious...
2013-01-06 10:39:02 PM
1 votes:
It's farking weird out there right now. I've never seen anything like it. I'm well qualified, over-qualified in many cases, for the jobs I've been applying for and have never had a single problem getting work before. I've always gotten accolades for my work and was well-liked everywhere I worked. What people in this thread don't seem to be understanding is that nowadays, their definition of "company culture" is less about finding someone who will get along with everyone else to help create the most productive environment possible and it's more about trying to create a clubhouse atmosphere. Ever seen the marketing or production departments at Revision3, CNET, or the like? It's more like a frat house than anything. Now I constantly lose out to kids that seem like they'd be better bar buddies than me. Three months later, the exact same job is back up because the kid couldn't handle the real work involved. I try again, get told again that I'm not a good cultural fit, they hire some kid that seems like he might be a blast to go grab some Pad Thai with, they shiatcan him two months later because he started crying the second he opened After Effects to do his first project without a template or a teacher holding his hand, wash, rinse, repeat. Thankfully I'm not the only source of income and make enough freelancing to fill the gaps. I'm about to give it one more go. If I find something, great. If not, fark it. Time to take the risk and fully strike out on my own. They want to be stuck in perpetual amateur hour because they're more concerned with finding a bestie? They're welcome to it.
KIA
2013-01-06 10:37:46 PM
1 votes:
From the interviewing side, it is incredibly hard to filter for malcontents and incompetents. I have had people tell me to my face: "I think it is my job to help you get things done so you look good" then turn around the day after the probationary period ended and say "Well, sure, but I can't learn stuff from a manual or powerpoint, so you'll have to do it yourself." I've had people get upset - upset! - when I told them their vacation approval was conditional upon coverage for tasks, making sure email was up to date before they leave and basic out-of-office procedure was followed. At that point, they divulged that they were 700 emails behind and felt that I was intentionally killing their vacation by making them answer their emails.

One classic case, after the person got a $50.00 holiday gift card and quit in a huff, the cleaning crew (who came in after 7:00 PM while I was still there working every night after everyone else went home) said "Wow, we're surprised she lasted that long." When questioned, they said she was drinking on the job. When asked how they knew that, they said "Oh, we could tell when you were out of the office because there would be beer bottles in her trash can. When you were in the office, they were in the ladies' restroom trashcan."
2013-01-06 10:37:31 PM
1 votes:
i've interviewed at zappos many times for multiple positions. they usually decide that i'm not a 'cultural fit', sometime around the time i say ' hey if maybe you took a break from the cube wars and telling everyone how wacky you guys are and hired real security guys like me, you maybe you wouldn't have had that security breach back in January'. really, they're not interested in people that WANT to get shiat done, they want people who spend 2 hours a day writing haikus in Klingon. It's been a year since their breach, they still don't have an infosec program put together. Like I told their "ZISO" the last time I talked with him "culture is fine. culture is fun, but at some point you have the let the serious guys roll up their shirtsleeves and do serious things. It's not cool, it's not hip, but it's how you keep your data".
2013-01-06 10:28:25 PM
1 votes:
"what would you say your biggest weakness is?"

Blunt honesty. . . That's an inane, loaded question that you are only asking because it's on your script.
2013-01-06 10:23:12 PM
1 votes:

my alt's alt's alt: "what would you say your biggest weakness is?"

"tolerating bullshiat interviews."


That's a strength. If you can tolerate bullshiat interviews you can tolerate bullshiat meetings.
2013-01-06 10:20:41 PM
1 votes:
Weirdest question anyone asked me in a job interview: "What would you do if you were on a bus and someone was drunk and threw up in the aisle?"

Somehow I must have given the right answer. I was offered the job, and accepted it. Didn't stay long. The place was stranger than the interview.
2013-01-06 10:15:08 PM
1 votes:

jcadam: If I had a nickel for every time I got to the final stage of an interview process and heard the "not a cultural fit" line....

/eventually learned to stop saying "start my own software company" when asked about my long term goals.
//telling people what they want to hear really is a good idea during job interviews.


I can't imagine how saying "I hope to one day quit this job" would be a bad statement to make. :)
2013-01-06 09:59:22 PM
1 votes:
If I had a nickel for every time I got to the final stage of an interview process and heard the "not a cultural fit" line....

/eventually learned to stop saying "start my own software company" when asked about my long term goals.
//telling people what they want to hear really is a good idea during job interviews.
2013-01-06 09:58:41 PM
1 votes:

phrawgh: [turtlebella.files.wordpress.com image 348x450]


Mr Interviewer asks : "So, where are you more likely to be found on any given weekend? On the golf course, or enjoying a cold one at a family barbecue in a city park but no one bothered to get permission for use of the shelter or to serve beer?"
2013-01-06 09:53:56 PM
1 votes:
I have, in the past, just refused to answer bullshiat questions. I am polite, but I explain that I don't really understand how that pertains to me performing my job tasks, and if I ever came in to work with a DVD player to screen my favorite movie, or expected to just knock off for a month to go to the south of France in the summer, I wouldn't be working there anyway.

I've actually gotten jobs after that.

Of course, where I live there is a hideous worker shortage and you can show up to an interview with poo in your pants and be fine. So I dunno.

But seriously, I do NOT socialize with my coworkers. I do not talk to my coworkers. I do not share personal or private information with my coworkers. It's none of their damn business and I will not play games or jockey for position. This is, incidentally, why I will never be in charge of anything, but fark it. I don't like the admission price.
2013-01-06 09:53:06 PM
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whatshisname: What's asinine about it? Fitting into a workplace is just as important as skills.


There's a difference between being inoffensive and being everyone's friend. If we can work together, fine. You don't have to be a "cultural fit." You must not smell like spoiled goat cheese, however.
2013-01-06 09:47:21 PM
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New: "You're just not a cultural fit for us"

Translation: you're older than me and have more experience, so you're a threat.
2013-01-06 09:42:42 PM
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I work at a software firm, and we have several stages of interview, first a technical-interview and then a team-fit interview. It's a bit like finding a girlfriend: first you figure out whether she can cook, then you see if you can get along.
2013-01-06 09:41:05 PM
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loyalty is dead don't give employers 2 weeks notice, they won't give you 2 hours
2013-01-06 09:39:20 PM
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I work in a hellish place for a crappy boss in an adrift organization. But I don't complain cause it pays enough hush money.
2013-01-06 09:37:37 PM
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God Dammit, I hate the Beatles.
2013-01-06 09:35:18 PM
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fta As a result, Rivera argues, "employers don't necessarily hire the most skilled candidates."

Filling your office with less competent clones is sure to please your competition
2013-01-06 09:32:03 PM
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I"m not going to get a job. That's it. I'm just going to do something that people will pay me for and screw working for people who want me to "culturally fit in" with them.

Your loss not mine.
 
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