This “photo a day” thing has really caused be to stop and look around, it’s caused me to think about what I’m seeing and how I can share them with you. This photo had me staring at the frame for a while, when I took the photo I was pretty pleased.
A friend of mine was asked some strange things in an interview. Well, I think they’re strange and some people think they’re perfectly normal. So, I went to go get a different perspective. Thanks to my love of LinkedIn, I’ve found some great HR/Career communities in there and I’ve been commenting and reading a lot of the things HR-Types look for and passing those on to friends.
So I posted the following question in one of the forums:
I had some questions from an actual interview. A friend interviewed for an Administrative Assistant-type job and the interviewer asked questions like: “Tell me about a time when you’ve lied.” “Tell me a time when you’ve been sent to the principal’s office.” Then, after hearing that the applicant went to school for an English major with a vocal minor, The interviewer asked the applicant to sing a song for him.
Does any of this sound legal?
Here are the responses from the community – Actual HR Directors and Recruiters.
CEO and Executive Director:
Nicholas – illegal, no. Incredibly stupid? this one takes the cake. If I were asked something like that (lying), I’d give some innocuous example of a white lie told to my kinds about Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. OR better yet, if as an Admin assistant, ‘I told someone my boss was not in the office after he told me to tell everyone he was out’ needing to finish a report or something official. As far as the song, I’d tell them ‘my vocal coach advises me not to sing unless I’m getting paid to do so’, or ‘in front of an audience of more than 25’.
I really enjoyed his response. I think, if you’re put in that position, you might have to respond with some sort of silly snark.
Sales Manager at a National Furniture Company:
If I were asked such questions, I would ask MYSELF if this is really a company that would be a good fit for me.
I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiment. I think I’d have to walk away.
I have seen similar questions on personality exams. I do not see the questions being illegal, but I cannot see how singing a song is relevant to being an Administrative Assistant. Unless perhaps entertaining is part of the job description. The other questions seem like a catch-22. I agree with “Sales Manager” in wondering if that is a company I would want to work for.
I’m noticing a trend here, from manager and employee alike.
Store Manager at a National Clothing Company:
Tell your friend to run for his/her life.
It’s true, A real trend.
Human Resources Director – Education
Wait a minute…there’s no Santa, no Easter Bunny? I’m bummed. Love Steve’s response. I agree that they are questions probing for your reaction and creativity when faced with unforseen spur of the moment challenges, and how you would respond. I would’ve sung jingle bells!
Finally, A response in the other direction. I think this is a case of what you see, is all there is. While my personal reaction was that of shock, horror, amazement and extreme annoyance, my friend didn’t see anything wrong with it. Just part of the interview process.
I agree with a lot of people, and commenters above, is that somewhere you’d want to work everyday?
Wow. Another example of extremely poor customer service by Uhaul. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
*** UPDATE ***
#freepalmer to #palmerfreed
Thanks so much to all who have lent your voices, posts, tweets, and most of all, your care and concern to this effort. We have a solution! In fact, as you may have seen in tweets and facebook links earlier, we have been able to get on the road, and we have made it to Ft. Worth, found some wifi and wanted to send an update. We’d have done it earlier, but to be honest, we wanted to get moving.
There are many to thank, but I’ll start with Mr. Don Chandler, the Regional Shop Manager for U-Haul in Abilene, TX. Don and his team (for he is not working alone) came up with a great plan that should get us to Nashville sometime tomorrow, Sunday. He has said that he wanted to find a solution that would be the way he’d like to…
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Wow. On this day in 1859 – A French acrobat known professionally as Émile Blondin became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Talk about balance, I cannot walk across the room without tripping, so to walk across Niagara Falls? Wow.
There is a proper balance between not asking enough of oneself and asking or expecting too much. – May Sarton
Interesting enough, On this day in history, Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law appropriating 33.5 billion (in those days) for highway construction. The modern highway system was born. I went searching for “road” quotes and instead found this one. Much better than: “I can’t drive 55!” right?
Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved. – Will Rogers