Fighting HR silliness
At one point, I interviewed with a company and hit it off with the CFO and CEO. Then, I met the operations guy who was running the local show. I’d have indirectly reported to him and we know how that goes. He spent our interview time asking me questions about shifting paradigms and leveraging resources and value added catalysts for change and what kind of tree I would be. You know, that line where hippie-speak meets MBA-speak. It’s right there in that place where white-guilters and environmentalists decided to go to business or law school instead of liberal arts so they can change the world and make some money. Back when consulting was big. It was an odd place. Anyway, after the fifth or so histrionic question, I asked the guy, very dead pan, if he was going to ask me or offer me something substantive. He looked perplexed. And I told him that I think I we’re done here.
A thing hiring people tend to forget is that not only are they interviewing you, you’re interviewing them.
Update: Oh and one of the questions went like this:
Interviewer: How do you handle conflict?
Me: That really depends.
Me: Well, am I right or am I uncertain?
Interviewer: You’re right.
Me: Then I tell them to do it my way and that’s that.
Interviewer: *looks puzzled*