My latest interview? How does one describe an interview where one was asked virtually NO questions? As a matter of fact, I wouldn't even call that an interview so mush as I would a "meet and greet" (without the coffee and danish). I met with 2 directors and 1 VP level type for this interview and the toughest question asked was "so what did you like most about your last job, what did you like least?". Uuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh. Really? This included the higher ups from HR (and actually, they were the ones to daringly ask this nut cracking question). However, what they also asked, the one question that REALLY sparked my interest, "So, have you heard anything about our company or Bob*?"
Oh, so this is really obviously about Bob. Bob, who owns the privately held company, and can ask of you pretty much anything he wants. Yes, I know about Bob, I have a friend that worked for your company briefly, and yet I am still here for this interview. That's what I should have said, but I didn't (lord knows why, damn deer in the headlights reaction I guess). They went on to describe him as "quirky" admitting that you sometimes just have to nod your head yes, when in reality, you know that whatever he's asking for is never going to happen. Again, not your typical interview by any means.
Also not typical, I always, at every interview ask whomever my direct supervisor will be how long they've worked at XYZ and how do they like it. Never before have I gotten the response of "some days it's ok, and some days I hate it." I HATE IT? Not your typical interview by any means, at all.
It became very apparent that they really weren't concerned with my skill set at all. I guess once you've passed the phone interview, everyone is on an equal playing field as far as the candidates go (and they have allot to look at I was told.I'm sure they need many). It became apparent that what they are looking for is someone who will be able to "handle" Bob and his micro managing skills. And possibly be his new BFF.
That's not me. Although I'd be up for the challenge. Bring it on Bob.
I'm sure I blew it when I mentioned that I did not perform well being micro managed. I just don't. However, after saying that, I did mention that my last boss did praise me with "I don't know exactly what you're doing every day, but that's ok, because I only get great feedback about you". That's just how I work.
I don't think Bob and I are meant to be BFF's.