You know the interview I mentioned here? It turned out to be the strangest interview I’ve been on, by far. It’s a small company and the lady whose 3rd in charge is looking for her replacement as she moves on to different areas of responsibility in the company. This is who interviewed me. Several times she said, “Tell me everything you know about _____.” I started by stating the highpoints, sort of putting things in a nutshell but not knowing what she was looking for, I asked her what aspect of this topic she was interested in, because frankly there are volumes written about these topics and the regulations change, etc. She listened to me for a few minutes, but then she told me how she was around “in the beginning” so she knew these things inside and out. Great. But then she proceeded to question me this way on multiple topics. “Tell me everything you know about ____.” She also threw in some questions asking about what I’d done before. I seriously wanted to ask the woman if she’d read my resume. It clearly states what I’ve done and haven’t done. But like I said, this was the strangest interview I’ve ever been on.
She grilled me like this for an hour and fifteen minutes, and after I left and had time to mull things over, I started thinking this probably wasn’t a position I would want anyway. I think the interview said a lot about her personality and her very high opinion of herself. Granted, she’s probably very good at what she does and if I could tolerate the self-importance I could probably learn a lot from her, but I don’t think it would be an environment I would be happy in. Oh well, easy come, easy go.