Interviewing Gone Wrong

4 Feb

I just interviewed a guy for a project manager position. Asked him a couple of the traditional interview questions along with some interactive knowledge ones. The traditional ones tripped him up.

Me: Tell me some of your strengths.
Candidate: I’m a great project manager and a marketing visionary. I see trends on the horizon and invariably they happen a year or two later. I have a knack for predicting the future of advertising and marketing.
Me: Really. Have you ever thought of opening your own consulting agency…cough…fortune telling business…cough? Starting a site called iseetrends.com?
Candidate: I thought of that already, but I think it would be more trouble than it’s worth.
Me: So what are some of your weaknesses?
Candidate: …………….hmmm…….I can’t think of any.
Me: You don’t have anything on which you want to improve?
Candidate: Not any that come to mind.
Me: Well, it was nice to meet you.

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2 Responses to “Interviewing Gone Wrong”

  1. BizGiftGuru February 4, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    this reminds me of several people I interviewed 🙂 I am now getting mentally ready for interviewing quite a few job applicants in about 2 weeks time … I have met lots of great people during interviews and some of them still work with me, but there is also unbelievable qty of people who are, how to say it and still be nice … weird ?

  2. LimitedTimeOffer February 5, 2008 at 9:33 am #

    I can only tremble at the power this marketing visionary wields in the field of project management. Able to predict “creatives will need more concepting time” with nought but a solemn stare, he is a communications prophet in your midst. Suggest you make him an undisclosed $ offer and ask him to divine it with his e.s.p.

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