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Post subject: Interview experience
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:43 pm
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004
Hey all. I just thought you might like to hear about
a recent interview I had in Minneapolis last week
just before Thanksgiving. It went like this.
Got a call from a headhunter back in September
about a great opportunity with a well-known company
in Minneapolis. OK good. It's only a state away
and I'm renting a house so I agree to an interview.
After a lot of "coaching" by the HH about my resume,
he set me up. I considered myself qualified by what
I originally had on the resume, but he thought it
should be refocused. The first interview went well
in the first week of October. No word back for a
couple weeks - not unusual. At the end of the month
I got a call back from the HH about a followup interview
at same place. Went again, had a good experience,
was basically assured I'd be getting an offer. A
couple more weeks go by and finally I call the HH
for a status. Turns out he had a run in with the
HR department and was no longer working with them.
No details, and he said the company probably won't
call me since they'd owe him a fee. I called the
manager that I interviewed with and he confirmed
that the company didn't want to pay the guy anything
for any reason even if it means missing out on my
experience. I guess that's a sign of the times -
good thing I'm still gainfully employed. One thing's
for sure, I won't be conduting any more business
through headhunters. Any one else out there ever
had a similar experience?
Post subject: Re: Interview experience
Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:17 pm
Joined: Sat Nov 08, 2008
Location: Ramona, CA
While I have not had that experience, I find the
headhunters usually look out more for their own
position than they do for mine. A recruiter tried
to press me into a position I had concerns about.
He was more interested in getting his comission
than he was with my being happy and satisfied with
the position. I typically find I have better luck
on my own. I find using the Career Builder, Monsters
and some of the others to be for more effective.
I also find that Linked IN to be of some use and
recruiters and employers are using it more to find
out more about the people they hire. I had several
contacts due to Linked IN this winter.
you have the big companies that take forever to
make a decision. One had me strung along for over
8 weeks leading up to Christmas after a successful
interview and background investigation. They took
5 weeks to decide they wanted me to reapply as a
temp employee, only offered me a temp position,
no insurance and no prospect of perminant employment.
It took them another 3 weeks to sign off the offer
letter. Meanwhile, I found another position that
wanted someone right away, hired me with a small
bump in pay, covered my insurance as of the first
of the year when my severance ran out and had me
start the next day after my interview. Needless
to say the big company lost out.
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