The worst interview of my life happened in December of last year. I can still remember all the horrible vivid details as if watching a movie. I had done all my due diligence, including a phone meeting with the hiring manager, which went extremely well. The role would be focused solely on building the brand’s social media presence and strategy – a concentration I am studying in school.
The interview was held in Philadelphia, I would meet with the incumbent and the hiring manager at different locations in the city. I did all the things girls do when getting ready for an interview – I picked out my clothes, pressed creases so deep in my slacks they may never come out, did my hair and makeup – the works!
I also put a great deal of time and effort into my intellectual presentation. I made a video which showcased why I was perfect for the role, it was set to music and had some examples of my current focus in marketing. In addition, I studied up on the brand’s current social strategy and was ready to make a few recommendations on where it could go.
I met the current employee who held the position, we will call her S. We decided on a small coffee place right in the city and we sat at a small table in the back. S had not had any previous social media experience, so I assumed she would be understanding that I would need to learn a few components to the role, however I was already a strong marketer and I would likely be up to speed within a few months. Thinking this was the easy interview , I hadn’t mentally prepared myself for the firing squad of questions that were about to be sprayed.
S was ruthless, asking questions so confusing I wasn’t even sure what they meant! She kept using the word “content” almost as frequently as Millennials use the word “like”. I answered the best I could but had no idea what she was getting after. S also mentioned she worked late nights, early mornings, and even weekends, ensuring the social accounts were up to snuff. The job was sounding more and more unappealing as she spoke.
I think S is a very smart lady, but she seemed to want to boast about her knowledge of content marketing rather than get to know my work history and what I would bring to the table. I knew right away this wouldn’t be a good fit.
Later I met with the hiring manager, who was very down-to-earth. She asked me relevant questions which applied to the company, role and my previous experience. After my chit chat with S, I was definitely not interested any more and she pretty much scared me off. I left Philadelphia and like “fetch,” I knew it wasn’t going to happen…