Interviewing Skills Training Course: The lighter side – Recruiting anecdotes

by admin on July 11, 2011

Our one-day interviewing skills course is tailored for delegates who would like to gain better interviewing skills and learn how to conduct successful interviews for choosing the right employee(s). Our Interviewing course will show candidates how to; gain winning interview skills; give better interviews; be a better interviewer and learn how to interview effectively. As well as improving interviewing skills, delegates will also learn recruitment and employment law.

Here are some more apparently true stories from personnel professionals

“When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office.”

“… bounced up and down on my carpet and told me I must be highly thought of by the company because I was given such a thick carpet.”

“At the end of the interview, while I stood there dumbstruck, went through my purse, took out a brush, brushed his hair, and left.”

“… pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him.”

“Without saying a word, candidate stood up and walked out during the middle of the interview.”

“Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.”

“Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions.”

“… wouldn’t get out of the chair until I would hire him. I had to call the police.”

“Applicant said he was so well-qualified that if he didn’t get the job, it would prove that the company’s management was incompetent.“

“Applicant stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application.“

“Candidate brought her large dog to the interview.“

“She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time.“

“Applicant challenged interviewer to arm wrestle.“

“Candidate announced she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer’s office.“

Reasons for leaving the last job

“Responsibility makes me nervous.”

“They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. Couldn’t work under those conditions.”

“Was met with a string of broken promises and lies, as well as cockroaches.”

“The company made me a scapegoat – just like my three previous employers.”

Quotes from real resumes

“I am extremely loyal to my present firm, so please don’t let them know of my immediate availability.”

“Qualifications: I am a man filled with passion and integrity, and I can act on short notice. I’m a class act and do not come cheap.”

“I intentionally omitted my salary history. I’ve made money and lost money. I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. I prefer being rich.”

“Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘job-hopping’. I have never quit a job.”

Interviewing Skills Course

This course will cover the practical skills needed for successful interviewing and our reputation for effective recruitment training has been endorsed by many delegates. Those who have attended the course have described it as being productive, informative and focused. It allows delegates to understand the stages of carrying out interviews and shows them how to conduct an effective interview so that they are able to attract the best candidates and choose the best person for the job. We guarantee to deliver the best employment strategies, tips and techniques for better interviewing and recruiting skills.

Course Dates

  • August 19, 2014
  • September 16, 2014
  • October 20, 2014
  • November 20, 2014
  • December 17, 2014
  • January 21, 2015

Who will benefit from the course?

Our course will cover the practical skills needed to make recruitment interviews productive and focused. It will allow delegates to understand the stages of the recruitment process and how to conduct an effective interview so that they are able to attract the best candidates and choose the best person for the job.

Our courses allow all staff to benefit from enhanced interviewing skills. The types of delegate we have trained previously are:

  • Directors and senior managers
  • Sales and fundraising staff
  • Local government employees
  • Managers, department heads, team leaders and supervisors
  • Technical and academic team members

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