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This Is Not Your Father's Job Interview

By Alf Gordon(13,356)

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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I had the opportunity to overhear a cell phone conversation today.  It didn't take but a few minutes to realize the man on the phone was being interviewed by a prospective employer.  His conversation was very professional as he outlined his eduction and experience.  I know I was impressed by his credentials.  He seemed to be making a great case that he was the perfect candidate for the job.

You might think I was being a little nosy, butting in on an obviously private conversation.  Ordinarily I try not to horn in on other people's communications, but I was somewhat of a captive audience in this instance.  You see, this phone call took place in the stall of a public restroom.

I can understand wanting to take a phone call like this away from your place of work.  I cannot understand why someone would think a restroom is private.  It was not as if the room wasn't being used.  People were coming in and going out, using the facilities as they normally would.  Water was flowing and the room echoed with the sounds.  How could the person on the other end of the line not know where the call was taking place?  I suppose the sounds could be explained away as static or a bad connection.  But if I were the interviewer, I would be highly offended that a potential employee would try to kill two birds with one stone and interview while relieving himself.  (And even more so if I were a woman!)  That call would be a very short one.

Interviews, whether in person or over the phone, need to be handled in a professional manner.  Anything that could be considered a distraction to either the interviewer or you needs to be eliminated.  Except for the implication in that terrible pun.

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