How Not to Conduct a Job Interview

Job candidate’s interactions with a kind potential employer and an overzealous lawyer highlight what not to do when interviewing potential employees.

A young woman sits at a table for a job interview, facing a businessman and a businesswoman.
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“Mr. Beaver, recently I graduated — with top grades — from a private, one-year secretarial and office management program and was sent out on my first job interview to an IT company. It was a Friday, and they invited me to join them for a company BBQ. This was the most enjoyable job interview I could ever imagine — it was like a getting-to-know-you date with a wonderful group of people, and we had the nicest conversation about family, friends, where we all grew up, future plans, marriage, kids, the importance of religion — all the topics that touched on real-life values. These were people — and the owner in particular — who I could see myself working with, not for, it was that warm and friendly.

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."