I once had an on-site interview with an unnamed la...

I once had an on-site interview with an unnamed large Bay Area tech company. I flew halfway across the country and drove an hour for it. I was excited, but it was one of those grueling all-day multi-round situations. By midday, there was a break for lunch which I was looking forward to for the mental rest but also to pick the minds of an employee. It's always good to get an insider's view.

Presumably they had volunteers choosing to be interviewee lunch buddies... but it sure didn't seem like that to me. I think I got the most disinterested, flippant, noncommittal person in the whole company. It was clear he couldn't care less about being there and talking to me. He barely made eye contact, and mostly gave one-sentence responses like "It's alright" as he stared at his french fries.

Needless to say it was a major letdown and killed my excitement momentum. This was 100% the reason I didn't get an offer and it definitely had nothing to do with me flunking the next round! (That was sarcasm.) But recruiters and managers in this space should really make sure the employees involved are truly interesting and willing to put forth the best face of the company.

  • Avatar of Stephen C.

    In retrospect, he was probably a young guy tired of his current position and ready for a change of scenery. That's fine - we've all been there. But either a) he should not have volunteered, or b) the managers should not have forced this particular person if it wasn't volunteering.

  • Avatar of Derek

    Wow! Why did they have to force it? I鈥檓 always genuinely excited to meet people who interview with companies I work with. (And also probably get a free lunch?)

  • Avatar of Stephen C.

    I wondered the same. To be fair, I think it was probably a fluke.
    But he wouldn't have been excited for lunch since his company gave free lunch 馃槈 (Does this narrow down the company? Maybe not...)

  • Avatar of Heriberto R.

    It was the sign you needed to run away from this company. 馃弮鈥嶁檪锔