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Old 13th Jun 2021, 23:54
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Many years ago I went for an interview with a domestic airline. In those days the panel was made up of two pilots and a HR person. The HR person asked me if I wanted to fly for them because of the speed that jets fly at. I replied, "We could be flying between London and Rio at Mach 2 in a Concorde and it still wouldn't be fast enough". The pilots chuckled and the HR person didn't understand my answer, but I still got the job.
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 02:25
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Was once on the panel for a position that didn't require a degree, but had a candidate with a Ph.D in the right field, so interviewed him. Most of the questions were designed to test knowledge and experience, but as the position require the person to work independently in the field in remote areas, some were designed to test the candidates to come up with solutions to unusual problems. The candidate's response to one such was "That's not something I've been taught."
Needless to say, he didn't get that job, and became a serial applicant for jobs that he didn't get.
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 07:17
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As a pilot, when I left the Service I was invited to take a job instructing in a simulator. This meant joining the Civil Service in the UK after an interview attended by a senior civil servant. The result of the interview was cut and dried, however the humourless female civil servant demanded proof of my educational qualifications. I pointed out that to join the service as an officer many years ago required a higher level of qualification than the civil service position I had been offered hence, I obviously passed on that score. This response was not good enough for her and she demanded proof of the number of 'O' levels I had obtained over 20 years ago.
Fortunately my dear old mum had saved every certificate I had ever received, so this was not a problem. I duly sent off photocopies of said 'O' level passes together with copies of my 25 & 50yd swimming certificates, crossing the line certificate, cycling proficiency certificate, ink monitor certificate etc etc. About 30 certificates in all !
The civil servant was so enraged by this she said I was not the sort of person the civil service wanted and I was not to have the job. Fortunately, at this stage a senior officer stepped in and told her to wind her neck in and I started the job that took me to retirement.
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 07:21
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This dit is kind of related:

Several generations ago I was chopped from RAF fast jet training in an era when they had stopped all multi-engined training and tried to push us all through RAF Valley (you remember the days BEagle?). Anyway, back then when you are chopped you go back to the RAF selection centre at RAF Biggin Hill whilst a decision is made on your RAF future. Though I had no intentions of staying on other than as a pilot, I heeded the advice of a previous wise virgin and took my time ‘deciding’ : Navigator, ATC, Fighter Control etc etc were all options I might like to consider, because of course I was still being paid as a Flt Lt whilst I um’d and ah’d. It went on for quite a few pay days! The down side was that when you are actually at Biggin they use you as candidate fodda to train up board officers from around the world. Needless to say it didn’t take long for us ‘candidates’ get to know the format (crib sheet) that the fledgling interviewers worked to, even though they could chop and change the question order. So, for example when asked “where do you get….” we would interrupt the interviewer mid question and answer - “i regularly read the Daily Telegraph, and of course the BBC New at Ten. This generally prompts the next question: “who is the….” , we would jump in with - “the air correspondent for the Telegraph is Air Cdre Donaldson. “Tell me blogs, why do….”, I’d jump in with “I’ve always wanted to fly in the RAF, my father and brother are both RAF pilots and I love the RAF way of life. Actually the RAF training staff kind of tolerated this attitude as it added pressure on the trainee interviewers.

Anyway, long story short, I eventually left the RAF, and after sometime kicking my heals, I noted that the RN were recruiting for helicopter pilots. So I applied. Knowing what I did from my RAF training I felt well placed to prepare for the eventual interview board at HMS Sultan. There were four board officers this time, which was a little more daunting than the two at Biggin. Anyway as the interview progressed I soon found myself biting my lip as the questions started flowing eg “where do you get….,” (ans: Daily Telegraph, News at Ten), “Who is…..” (ans: Desmond Wettern). “Why……” (ans: I’ve always wanted to be a military pilot etc etc).

Fortunately, I was able to rein myself in and did pass the interview. 34 yrs later I retired from the FAA.

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Old 14th Jun 2021, 07:44
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And from the other side of the panel
When I was a boy - I wanted to be an engine driver of course - then I wanted to be a pilot but by the age of 15 I realised my eyesight was way too bad for any category of RAF Aircrew.
So at age 16 I went up to RAF Stafford to do 2 days of aptitude tests/exams for a Halton Apprenticeship.
Eventually I went in for the final interview to be confronted by the 2 Officers having a good laugh about something,''Hell'' I thought - they must be laughing at my scores
But no - it turned out to be the first time I was talked to as an Adult,still laughing,one of them said to me ''In spite of what your Father and Headmaster have written about you - we will take you on''.
My Headmaster was a nasty fat slob who was universally disliked, but he was not too bright and his letter was so bad that the RAF viewed it as vindictive nonsense (my introduction to him had been when he told me that he 'hates Jocks' - we had fairly recently moved down from scotland).
They would not show me my Fathers Letter of course but my dad was a bit nuts anyway - one of his nicknames in his previous job had been 'Harpic' (as in clean round the bend LOL) - I have always strived to be totally different to my Dad .
It was good for me to see that the RAF had a great sense of humour
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 07:44
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I was amused when the HR dude in the initial interview asked "Tell me about a time when you used your superior reasoning skills to avoid having to use your superior flying skills?"

Managed to contain my laughter, and mumbled something, sufficient for him to let me leave the room. Bumped into the Chief Pilot, who pulled me aside and said "I'm going to hire you anyway, let's go for a quick fly." The resulting 45 minute gallop was considered to be a Differences Check for moving from B212 to B412, a GF check, and an IF check as we returned via a VOR. Started the next Monday.
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 08:23
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I remember one of our directors (later MD) returning to her desk just behind me after conducting an interview for a health and safety specialist (we provided H&S advisory services for our customers) and putting her head in her hands. "You OK Joan?" I enquired. The candidate had absolutely no qualifications for the job, no idea what was required, etc, etc, and had been pushed into it by the recruitment agency - whoever sifted the candidates at Parental HQ was also incredibly lax. She had terminated the interview and said to me "do you know, he even had the cheek to ask us to refund his bus fare!" I made her a coffee...

I think it was she who also terminated an interview with a female candidate who said after 5 minutes "excuse me, which company and job is this?" I can't recall what the vacancy was for.

As I mentioned before, the job adverts concocted by Parental HQ were astonishingly awful - I got hauled into a meeting with a senior HR advisor and our recruitment coordinator after I described them as turgid (I used to add them to our website and to LinkedIn and Twitter). I went to the meeting armed with two pieces of paper - our very lengthy and confused advert for an airfield pavements engineer and an identical vacancy posted by W S Atkins which was concisely written in four paras - company and team, vacancy description, candidate requirements and rewards. Point made, our adverts improved considerably, no more talk of "behaviours" and whatever other HR gobbledygook they'd seen fit to publish.

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Old 14th Jun 2021, 09:36
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Favourite killer question : "What's the worst thing you've done to another human being?"
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 13:07
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A few less generations ago I was undergoing the QHI Course at RAF Shawbury. A fortnightly progress interview with my Flight Commander went something like this: “OK Bloggs, you are progressing reasonably well for this stage of the course; just a couple of points to hoist in: during your MATE briefs ahead of each sortie, you are tending to spend a long time going over the minute detail of the excercise. Remember the student will have had a comprehensive Mass brief on the subject the evening before, so all you really need to cover in the MATE brief is the Key points, and maybe anything that the student needs to remember from their previous sortie. Going over the points in so much detail risks losing his concentration from the really relevant points. Similarly at the end of each sortie, in the debrief, you are tending to cover every tiny detail of the sortie to the detriment of the salient major points that the student should take forward to their next sortie. Don’t over-emphasise their mistakes; stick to the key issues rather than rambling on about every point, or you’ll risk losing yourself in nitpicking. Other than that, everything is progressing pretty well. Any questions or points from you Bloggs?

“You mean I’m verbose” I said.

“Yes, that’s it in a nutshell” said he!





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Old 14th Jun 2021, 14:21
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Originally Posted by timgill View Post
Favourite killer question : "What's the worst thing you've done to another human being?"
How about, "Trusted the wrong ones."?

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Old 14th Jun 2021, 15:29
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Originally Posted by timgill View Post
Favourite killer question : "What's the worst thing you've done to another human being?"
Put my mum through my childbirth
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 19:23
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Originally Posted by timgill View Post
Favourite killer question : "What's the worst thing you've done to another human being?"
Married my wife?
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 19:56
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Originally Posted by timgill View Post
Favourite killer question : "What's the worst thing you've done to another human being?"
Ask someone a really stupid question.
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 21:07
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Best interview I ever had was for a wine making job here in Yakima. The owner of the (large) winery talked for over an hour, never asked me anything, and all I had to do was look and sound attentive. Not a single question was addressed to me about my qualifications, work ethic, wine making approach, etc. I just had to listen to a stream of consciousness babble......
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Old 14th Jun 2021, 21:37
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Did you get the job?
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Old 15th Jun 2021, 01:13
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Did you get the job?
Yep. Hired on the spot.
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Old 15th Jun 2021, 03:57
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I just had to listen to a stream of consciousness babble......
I really don't like interviewers who feel the need to lecture everyone in the room to show how smart they are with every question. One of my colleagues does that, it wastes time and a smart interviewee can impress him just by echoing his own words back to him.
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Old 15th Jun 2021, 09:03
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When I used to renew my contract in China it was done over a banquet dinner in a high class restaurant. There details like T&Cs and renewal bonus plus catching up with everybody's' family situations. At the end of the meal everything was sorted and I knew what I was doing for the next year.

Then I paid the bill.
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Old 15th Jun 2021, 14:45
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'Oh, diving definitely...I love going down on old Egyptian wrecks...' Eager young thing when asked what her favourite pastime was. I know it sounds made up but I swear it isn't. It led to that horrifying situation where you and your colleague are desperately trying not to look at each other as you try to stifle hysterical laughter.
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Old 15th Jun 2021, 15:27
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
When I used to renew my contract in China it was done over a banquet dinner in a high class restaurant. There details like T&Cs and renewal bonus plus catching up with everybody's' family situations. At the end of the meal everything was sorted and I knew what I was doing for the next year.

Then I paid the bill.
What's the tipping etiquette in China ?
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