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Interview

In my years of working, I’ve gone through a number of interviews before securing the position(s) I want. My first interview got me my first job just 2 weeks after graduating, and I remember having sweaty palms despite the freezing cold room. Over time, I got better and more confident when attending interviews.

Ironically, the most difficult interviews I’ve been through weren’t about work; they were pageant interviews. Convincing a panel of (difficult) judges on why you’re the best person to represent your country in the international pageant arena was harder than brain surgery. At least that was how I felt in that moment.

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My more recent interview experiences have been awkward because employers turn to Google – to find out more about you before you set foot in the interview room. And I really despise questions along the lines of, “Tell us more about yourself that isn’t on the Internet or in your CV.” 😯

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While it’s not as bad as my gynae experience, I do feel awkward when potential employers question me that way. Sometimes, I wish they would feign ignorance and let me talk about myself and what I like to do.

Do any of you face such problems when you attend interviews? And if you happen to be an employer, must you really Google-stalk your potential employees? 🙄


4 Responses

  1. So far the interviews that I’ve been are all good. Employers listened while I present myself.. probably it depends on jobs that one is applying too 😉

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Good for you! Hopefully my next interview won’t be as awkward. 🙂

  2. I think all HR do it nowadays so it’s unrealistic to expect otherwise. That’s why I keep my private blog as anonymous as I can. At least the potential employer is being honest with you when they have stalked you? My real name is very common actually so I have very bad Google SEO and i am buried in a whole heap of other like-named women who are much further accomplished than me :/

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I’m ok with them doing the Google research. But not until THAT extensive to the extent they ask about places I visit, things I eat and clothes I wear. 😉

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