The Interview from Heck, à la Monty Python Videos for Engineers
Other than the perpetually self-employed and the perpetually unemployed (aka bums), most people have been to at least one job interview. Even after multiple interviews over many years, I was always nervous - mainly because I really wanted the particular job being advertised - so messing up wasn't an acceptable option. Because the companies I chose to apply with were all highly respected, there were never any instances of the interviewers being idiots or hostile. I've been lucky. A lot of people have not been so fortunate. One person that called recently told of being asked about how he'd approach solving a certain problem, and then the interviewer called him back again a few days later to get additional detail about his idea for troubleshooting, ostensibly to gain more insight into his abilities. It turns out that he thinks he solved a problem for them, and that the company was just exploiting interviewees to get free consulting. That's the stuff of Dilbert comic strips, which, unfortunately, are largely based on stories that Scott Adams gets from people's real-life experiences. Here is a classic Monty Python video of an interview from Heck.
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