And people ask me what’s wrong with America’s Employment System. One of the biggest problems is that most job interviews suck.
There’s a book called 501+ Great Interview Questions for Employers and the Best Answers for Prospective Employees. And just today Cheezhead re-published Monster.com’s “list of 100 interview questions that candidates should always be prepared to answer.”
Might as well give a frustrated, angry, desperate job hunter a loaded gun.
But I also have a kinder, gentler, more pointed perspective. In my interview fantasy, you walk into a job interview. You smile broadly at the interviewer, shake hands, and sit down in the interview chair.
You lean forward and say, “Look, we both know why we’re here. You have questions you want to ask me. And you will judge me based on my answers.”
This is where you drop that baby — that big fat book full of Q&A’s — on the interviewer’s desk.
“So let’s cut the crap. Let’s save one another a whole lot of time.”
Slide that sucker across the manager’s desk. “Here you go. Your questions and my answers.”
Smile again. “You can waste your time and mine. Or do you want to talk about the work you need done and how I can improve your bottom line?”