At work I interview a lot of people. As the store manager it’s part of the job requirements. A manager must staff his store.
I also do second interviews. Other store managers interview an applicant, then send the applicant my way for a second opinion.
I’ve done some interviews recently where, quite honestly, I’d have liked to say after two minutes, “You know, this isn’t going to work out.” An interview today was like that. I had one last week where, after stepping into the store’s backroom to conduct the interview, I wanted to tell the applicant that, no, he hadn’t a chance in hell when he picked my aspirin bottle up off the lunch table and said, “Oh, this isn’t a good sign at all,” when in fact I take aspirin (and ibuprofen, and sometimes both at the same time) because of migraines.
The thing I don’t want to hear in an interview is “I need a job” or “You had a sign in the window.” Those are good reasons to apply, but they’re not good reasons to work for me. An interview is a sales opportunity. The applicant has to sell me on himself. I have to be able to envision the applicant on the sales floor, talking to customers about our products enthusiastically. I don’t see that very often. Wanting to work for me because the applicant needs a job doesn’t sell me on the person. It doesn’t paint an appealing picture. That’s just the reality of the situation.
I do get to talk to some fascinating people, though. The amusement factor in that almost makes up for the painful interviews. Almost. 😉