Weird and Strange Job Interviews

A scary-looking character from "Rocky Horror Picture Show" holding a handbill which reads "Job Interview Here."Have you ever been on a job interview which was, well… just plain weird?  Perhaps the interviewer asked you some very unusual or even inappropriate questions.  Or, if you are a manager or business owner who conducts job interviews, have you ever had a situation where the applicant behaved strangely or gave very bizarre answers to your questions?

Because planning, changing, or advancing your career is a serious matter, Career Lantern articles are usually written about serious topics, and rightly so.  Today, however, we’ll take a short break from all that seriousness and look at the interview process from a different, perhaps lighter vantage point.

I recently received some interesting first-hand stories on the topic of weird and strange job interviews from around the country, and the contributors kindly allowed me to share their experiences with Career Lantern readers.  Some of the anecdotes are taken from interviews they conducted, and others are from times when they themselves were job candidates. Continue reading

The Ugly Truth about Online Job Applications – Part 3

Young woman looking at a laptop computer and appearing very frustrated.In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you read how many employers today use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to automatically screen and filter the online job applications they receive.  In Part 2, we discussed Kayla, a fictional job applicant who was about to apply online for an Accounts Payable Specialist position with the equally fictional Humongous International (HI) company.  You saw an excerpt from the HI online job posting detailing the duties of the position as well as the requirements each applicant must meet in order to be eligible for consideration.  Finally, you – unlike Kayla – were privy to the notes taken by the HR analyst after discussion with the hiring manager, and you know what key words and criteria will be programmed into the ATS for use when reviewing applicants for this position.  In this final installment of this series, we will follow Kayla as she submits her online application and attachments, which are then reviewed by the company’s ATS. Continue reading