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Old 12-07-2007, 08:04 PM   #61
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Haha pennpal. I remember when I was a high schooler I was browsing the internet for a job and came across those guys. Shipped them my resume and the same day I got a phone call with the standard "We think you'd be a great addition to our team" or whatever. They were very vague about what the job actually was but I was just happy to have an interview. Told my mom about it, she was very skeptical, and because of that I looked them up online. Ended up skipping the interview. Thank you mom, you saved me a couple of hours of my life.
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:37 PM   #62
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I interviewed with Aflac. I didnt realize it was a salesman position until I got there, so I was disappointed. After finding out it was a salesman position, I let the interviewer know I don't think this is a good fit for me. He goes into this with ..
him- well the Aflac company is a great company, I was in the same position you were. I absolutely love working here, in fact I love the duck. (he pulls out a small stuffed duck animal, the Aflac mascot)
me- yeah, I'm sure its a great company, but this isn't what I'm looking for
him- alright, well thanks for coming in then, the duck will be disappointed
me-*i laugh at the duck comment* and start to walk out the door
him- QUACK !!

I stopped, did this guy really just quack at me? im positive he did, i looked back, and the guy was sitting there holding his Aflac duck like it was real or somethin, and he just smiles at me. i continue to walk out again and he quacked again at me, this time i don't look back and just keep walking and got the hell out of there. So ya, the guy quacked at me twice, prolly the worst/most interesting interview experience of my life
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Old 12-08-2007, 12:51 AM   #63
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I interviewed with Aflac. I didnt realize it was a salesman position until I got there, so I was disappointed. After finding out it was a salesman position, I let the interviewer know I don't think this is a good fit for me. He goes into this with ..
him- well the Aflac company is a great company, I was in the same position you were. I absolutely love working here, in fact I love the duck. (he pulls out a small stuffed duck animal, the Aflac mascot)
me- yeah, I'm sure its a great company, but this isn't what I'm looking for
him- alright, well thanks for coming in then, the duck will be disappointed
me-*i laugh at the duck comment* and start to walk out the door
him- QUACK !!

I stopped, did this guy really just quack at me? im positive he did, i looked back, and the guy was sitting there holding his Aflac duck like it was real or somethin, and he just smiles at me. i continue to walk out again and he quacked again at me, this time i don't look back and just keep walking and got the hell out of there. So ya, the guy quacked at me twice, prolly the worst/most interesting interview experience of my life
lots of great stories in this thread, but this is the only one i seriously LOLed at. awesome.
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Old 12-08-2007, 12:53 AM   #64
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imo, salesmen tend to think that people who aren't in sales/don't get into sales are afraid of putting themselves out there for that much rejection in exchange for that much possible reward. think he was taking a shot at you, calling you a pussy. look him up, go back to his office and hang the duck.
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:38 AM   #65
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Pen I did the Cutco thing too. I remember the guy saying: "Don't act too excited walking out because a lot of people (in the reception area) didn't get the job" - LOL.

Unfortunately that's probably not one of my top 3-4 worst experiences....Behavioral style questions when I had very little experience was just uggh.
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:59 AM   #66
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I had a second-round phone interview with HR at MGM Mirage, for their Management Associate Program. Basically, this is the company-wide manager training program for people coming out of college. Things were going well until we had the following exchange:

Him: What do you think is the future of the hospitality industry?
Me: What do I think is the future of the hospitality industry?
Him: Yes.
Me: The entire hospitality industry?
Him: Yes.
Me: Like, luxury hotels, and fast food restaurants, and bowling alleys?
Him: Yes.

Now that I'd made it all too clear that I thought his question was stupid and overbroad, I babbled something about how technology is increasing consumer choice and making people more informed, thereby increasing competition in the hospitality industry.

Ultimately, I made it through that round despite my flubbed answer, then got dropped after a phone interview with the slots division at Bellagio. The slots manager from the Bellagio was courteous enough to call me and tell me I'd been dropped (I told her I had a pending offer on hold because I preferred the MGM job) and I got a formal rejection letter in the mail shortly thereafter.

About a week later, I got a voicemail from MGM Mirage, telling me I had to report within 48 hours for my drug test. I called back, confused about why they wanted to drug test me after I'd already been rejected. They replied that I hadn't been dropped by MGM Mirage-- I'd just been dropped by the Bellagio. (NOT what the letter said.) By this time I'd taken the other offer, so I told them I was withdrawing and they could not have a lock of my hair.

Over the next couple of months, they sent me a second print rejection letter, and about eight automated rejection emails, in case it was unclear that they did not want me.
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Old 12-08-2007, 12:02 PM   #67
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imo, salesmen tend to think that people who aren't in sales/don't get into sales are afraid of putting themselves out there for that much rejection in exchange for that much possible reward. think he was taking a shot at you, calling you a pussy. look him up, go back to his office and hang the duck.
ya know what, I think you're right. I think that would make for an awesome trip report ..... I'm just crazy and unemployed enough to go do it too .....
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:57 PM   #68
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I was interviewing for an associate position at a large law firm. I was put in a hotel for the night and flown about 1000+ miles for this interview. I felt like i was slightly underqualfied for this job but really wanted it and felt i at least had a shot. i did tons of research on the firm and was psyched and ready to go.

the interview consisted of 6 30 minute interviews with various partner and associates. first 30 minutes with first partner goes ok. second 30 minutes goes less good but still ok. then comes the third guy.

it immediately starts off awkward and this guy basically asks questions and doesnt comment on my answer. he made fun of my ny accent and then started talking about how he didnt think my experience was right for the firm. im laughing it off and trying to hang in there, but im starting to sweat and get nervous and just trying to kill this 30 minutes to get a neutral review from this douchebag. on my resume i had a list of classes that i had taken in law school that were relevant to corporate work.

he starts asking me about some of the classes on the resume, and i answer his questions. the problem is that i dropped one of the classes on the resume (corporate reorganization) 3 weeks into the semester to get into a different class, but i was enrolled in the class at the time i sent out the resume. so he asks me about corporate reorg and i have a tough choice. i can either say that i dropped the class or pretend i took it. we briefly went over corporate reorg stuff in a different class, and i figure that if i say that i dropped the class it might look like i lied on my resume. so i just make a few comments about some stuff i know about the subject and try and spin it like i went over that stuff while taking the class.

sadly, i didnt realize this guy was a specialist who only did corporate reorg and he proceded to ask my detailed questions about corporate reog stuff for the next 15 minutes. i get stuck giving yes or no answers and doing everything in my power to desperately change the subject. probably the worst 15 minutes of my life as i watch career collapse in front of my eyes.

at the end of the interview, in front of the 4th partner who came in to interview me, he says "here's some advice kid, you should smile in interviews and answer the questions asked of you". the next hour and a half was a formality and i received a rejection letter in the mail 3 days later. the job i have no is nowhere near as good as this place wouldve been and i doubt i'll ever get another chance to even interview with a firm like this. lame.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:03 PM   #69
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i have several which are too humiliating to tell but ill share my younger brother's.

he was probably around 25 and going on a lot interviews. he didnt know how to tie a tie so before the interviews i would usually do it for him. one day i wasnt there and he improvised.

he got to the interview and the interviewer introduced herself and they exchanged a few polite comments. he handed her his vita and she started looking it over. a few pages in she paused on a page, handed him one of the sheets back and said "i think this yours." the page was titled "How to Tie a Tie" complete with diagrams which my brother hand printed off the net a few hours before arriving.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:20 PM   #70
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bwana, that one gave me a really good laugh. Of course I'm a 25 year old that has always had friends/family tie my ties until last summer when no one was around and I had to leave for a wedding. I printed off diagrams from the internet too. I don't know how people functioned 20 years ago.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:39 PM   #71
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at the end of the interview, in front of the 4th partner who came in to interview me, he says "here's some advice kid, you should smile in interviews and answer the questions asked of you".
Wow what a deuchebag.

bwana - that's hilarious.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:05 AM   #72
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bwana, that one gave me a really good laugh. Of course I'm a 25 year old that has always had friends/family tie my ties until last summer when no one was around and I had to leave for a wedding. I printed off diagrams from the internet too. I don't know how people functioned 20 years ago.
Internet or not, how do you make it to 25 without knowing how to tie a necktie?
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:18 AM   #73
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Aflac story is lol
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:19 AM   #74
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I'm a social reject?

I just never really needed to learn. I've never worn ties to work or normal social functions. I really only wear them to weddings and funerals, both events that I'm usually going to with friends or family. I sometimes wore one to interviews but I'd usually get a roomate to do it, and just leave the tie tied once it was done. Up until I graduated last year I either lived at home or with roomates that knew how to do it.

Learning to tie a tie isn't really something you just decide to do one day. And when I needed to do it, I didn't have time or motivation to learn.
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Old 12-10-2007, 01:49 AM   #75
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I love these stories, everyone's got atleast one lol.
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