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No — I Won’t Come Back For A Fifth Interview

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

Dear Liz,

I have been reading your columns with interest because I am job-hunting now. I thank you for opening my eyes to several “dirty tricks” in the recruiting process that I was not aware of before.

In the past, I always thought that as long as I could stay in the interviewing pipeline, I should do it because that meant I had a chance at the job. In this new job search that started when I got laid off in July, I saw things differently.

I realized that if I could not get anybody to talk about their Business Pain, there might not be any pain. They might be interviewing candidates with no plan to hire anyone. I know that was the case in one situation where I went to four job interviews and got pumped for information every time.

On my fourth interview they brought in lunch, and there were four executives sitting in the conference room. Two Directors and two VPs quizzed me for 90 minutes about the exact methods I used to set up a software quality testing program.

It took me about half that time to catch on and realize that all four of them were taking notes and nodding as I spoke. They wanted the information. They didn’t want to hire me!

I declined to go back for a fifth interview and then my friend in the company, the one who got me the first interview, told me that the company had decided to go ahead and set up its quality program without hiring anyone to manage it. Of course!

I have three job leads right now and the reason I feel good about them (whether I get the job offers or not) is that I know these three companies have real problems. I know they have problems because they talk about them.

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