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I Hate My Boss!

I should have known my job wasn’t the right fit when, during the interview with my soon-to-be boss, it became obvious he hadn’t even glanced at my resume. Although I have years of experience in both writing and finance, he asked me questions that made his ignorance of these facts clear. It also didn’t help that he had no idea what to ask me and kept asking pointed questions about my future plans for a family. At one point, he stated that the two previous women he’d hired had left as soon as they became pregnant. I had no idea how to respond.

He called me immediately after the interview and offered me the position. When I requested an offer letter, he brushed it aside and asked me to come in the next morning! I had to explain that I needed to give my current employer notice and renegotiate a start date. He also couldn’t tell me the precise starting salary. Instead, he provided me with the name and number of a man who worked in accounting.

When I arrived for orientation, I was dumbfounded by the tasks I was being shown how to perform. For several hours, I was shown how to code in photos onto the company website. The person assigned to instruct me seemed dumbfounded that I wasn’t familiar with this process whatsoever. After conferring with my boss, the man who had interviewed me, it was discovered that he had hired the wrong person entirely.

Before I started a company, I was an employee with a bad attitude. I was always felt like, bosses are stupid, and people weren’t well treated.

Mitch Kapor

Amazingly, I was transferred to another job within the same company that he believed was more suited to my considerable experience. My boss has never lived down his huge mistake and has taken every opportunity available to remind me that he hired me accidentally. He schedules me to work every weekend and major holiday. He also hands me the worst, most tedious projects available, none of which require much writing or financial acumen.

Hopefully, I will not be saddled with my boss for much longer. While he didn’t bother to read my resume and confirm my identity, I have much more faith in other companies. My perfectly polished resume is making the rounds and I am praying for another offer to come my way.

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Who is choosing you during interview?

The first step toward getting an interview at a company is usually by submitting a resume. Your resume should be written to attract the attention of the reader, whether it is an actual person or a computer. Both will quickly scan the resume looking for information that highlights your skills and qualifications. Your resume is your most powerful marketing tool and is very often your only chance at getting an interview.

If you do submit your resume to a company and you are invited for an interview, your resume has successfully portrayed you as a potential hire and the company wants more information. During the interview you will be probed for more details. What do you bring to the table? Why should they hire you instead of another candidate?

At the interview you may be interviewed by one interviewer or many, by someone from Human Resources, hiring managers and potential supervisors. An interview can be one-on-one or a group interview with several interviewers, in some cases even including other candidates interviewing for the same job.

A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time.

Always enter an interview prepared with knowledge of the company and the reasons why you want the job. Be prepared with examples of how your skills qualify you for the job. If taken to lunch, consider it part of the interview. You are being observed in a social setting. Be careful what you say and go light on the alcohol.

As resumes play such a critical role in the hiring process, you need a good one. Resumes are typically one page, two at most, and you need cram a lot of important information into those pages, selling yourself as a candidate worthy of a job interview.