The Sometimes Painful Interview Experience

If you have recently been on a job interview, or plan to find yourself in that hot seat sometime soon, you are not alone.  By now we should all be in agreement that the Healthcare IT Job Market is heating up and I have pointed out that an overwhelming percentage of you plan on looking for a new position in 2011.  Even the general economic forecast is looking a little brighter and men and women aren’t feeling that they need to cling to current jobs that are keeping them unhappy.

Some people shine in the interview room, while others see that time of questioning as a nerve-wracking experience that must be endured.  Either way, you probably have your share of interview stories to tell.  Maybe you realized five minutes into the meeting that you had no interest in the position.  Or, perhaps you were asked a question that left you speechless and not looking like the put-together professional you know you are.  It could be that the person interviewing you was disorganized and not even really sure who you were.

If you want to see a collection of painful interview experiences in one place, check out the website Bad Job Interviews.  The site features contributions from job seekers across the country who have unknowingly flirted with their potential boss, been promised the job only to be rejected several days later, and been asked what their nickname would be if a member of the Spice Girls.  So, as you prepare for your next interview, you can visit this website either to assure yourself that your experience cannot possibly be this bad or prepare yourself for the possibility of the bizarre.

What has been your strangest interview experience, either as the person asking the questions or applying for the job?

(thanks to an article on the Career page of MSNBC’s website for sharing the Bad Job Interviews website)

About the author


Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle is the Co-Founder of intrepidNow. Prior to that Joe was an accomplished healthcare IT executive and career coach with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, health care companies, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Joe is also the author of Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail, available on Amazon.