Jeremiah Van Wagenen
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Has anyone had a bad interview where the HR department showed signs of not wanting to interview at all?
I was looking forward to an interview today for a remote administrative position for what it seems to be a great company including a solid back-up of employees who are proud to be working for them. Fortunate to get a remote interview in. Did my research to prepare. Once the HR Manager cued into the meeting.. I started having my doubts. The woman conducting the interview was in a sweatshirt. Not being on top of her game having to research the position I was interviewing for. She seemed with in a question or two eager to get the interview over.
She asked if I had any questions.. I asked a couple and she seemed obviously bothered. I had positive things to say about why I wanted to work for the company and why I would be a great fit. Again.. She continued to seem bothered.
The interview didn't really have solid finish and I was done feeling.. Was it something I said? Then I realized.. Maybe I wasn't the most well rehearsed.. And then I realized.. No.. She really didn't want to do the interview. And she showed signs not wanting to do the interview.

Is there anything I can do to still make an impact or follow-up with someone else from the company? Or should I let it go?

Thanks!

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Janice ReedCommunity Specialist
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It’s definitely an indicator of some loose ends in the HR department. This should add to your consideration if you still think it’s an ideal environment to work. I’d also look up other HR professionals and hiring manager on LinkedIn or company website to see if you can build connections elsewhere. Remember you don’t have to put all your eggs in one basket. There might be better opportunities out there that’s more professional and welcoming to you.

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Here's something to consider: sometimes people have to conduct interviews and they stink at it. Royally. It's horrible for everyone (made only worse when they don't even prepare.) But my suggestion is to KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Everything you mention in this post makes me think you'd be a great hire (research, preparation, enthusiasm). Take your own advice and follow up. Ask if there's anyone else you should meet with, because you're still very interested (well, maybe just curious at this point, but...) Don't let her bad interview be yours. Keep going! @Jeremiah Van Wagenen

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Juan Jaime

H.R is a joke now / they were the people that would defend you're rights / and help you keep you're job / but now they are unfair don't respect you rights and they themselves fire you

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Peter Ansara

I would let it go.As HR Rep she is giving you a window into how they value candidates.

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Joanne Johnson

I was in the same situation. The vice president did not want to interview me on Zoom. He was 15 minutes late!! I was also schedule for him to call me before the Zoom meeting but he did not. The interview went bad from the start and I felt he was very rude and did not want to be there. When I was almost finished my questions, I was disconnected from Zoom. I though to myself , this is not a company I want to work for, no matter what the pay is..

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kc koellein

I think it is a "sign". HR is a BELLWEATHER... If they're slacking... I'd stay away. When you get hired and you make "a mistake"... HR will use terms like "this behavior is unacceptable"... So imagine how bad it must be if THEY are the ones acting this way?

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Jeremiah Van Wagenen

Thank you all for your replies and support! I did follow-up asking if there was anyone else to review this position. We'll see.. What was mentioned is right.. Never put all of your eggs in one basket. Have nothing to loose with a follow-up. And no matter what.. Keep positive and keep working at it. Wishing you all a wonderful 2022!

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Lywanda Harris

You always have to follow the lead of the interviewer. Be overly prepared, yes. But,…follow their cues. This would’ve been my kind of interview. Short and sweet. A “No, I think you’ve covered everything” would’ve been right up her alley. That’s my go to as I’m nervous and always ready to run out of every interview I’ve ever had. (Cut to 40+ successful interviews later) There is still room for questions later on. I’m hoping she was just having a bad day and you still got the job.

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Kelly Sibla

gonna bet they already had someone picked out for the job. Maybe her boyfriend or cousin etc..... HR people pull this crap when they want to appear that they interviewed many for a job which they have already made a decision for. This should be illegal but good luck proving it.

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Lynne LiSTEMAN

Hi Jeremiah, #1 Do not take it personally. Often in large companies there are procedures, how many you must interview. It's to avoid civil rights issues/. HR (or the lady in the sweatshirt) probably already had a selection or was told who it was to be. Use those interviews to brush up on your skills but don't let it take down your confidence. There are often 20 reasons why you're not chosen and none of them have to do with you. Good luck, Jeremiah

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