It was an outplacement service, so they're just helping me with my resume and later on my interviewing skills (which are crap). Maybe the phone call is tax deductible. I won't ask Tash about that and I'll just claim it anyway.
I've been on the other side of the table a fair bit over the years, if you want to practise. It's a performance - you need to put on an act that the audience will appreciate. Got stuff all to do with your ability to do the job. It's up to the selection panel to deduce the truth from all their sources - application, interview, referees. You need to make yourself appear to be the most exciting prospect they've ever seen. I suspect your inherent combination of honesty and cynicism leave you at something of a disadvantage in interviews. That said, missing a scheduled phone call is a big NO NO!
It wasn't with an employer. If it had been, I'd have been more prompt. As it is, employers don't call you at a scheduled time (in my experience); you have to do all the work and go to them at the scheduled time.
I'm sure this is the part where Tooms chimes in with my inability to meet a scheduled appointment.
You always make sure you make it to our scheduled dates :P
Ding dong. I second what Jack said - I've interviewed a lot of folk over the years in probably a similar (to Jack) selection criteria / objective environment. It's very telling how poorly some people present themselves in person to an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities, experience and interaction skills.
It's a buyers market so to speak, they have plenty to choose from...
I think I got through my last interview on enthusiasim alone. If anything - I am enthusiastic.
I got through my last interview secure in the knowledge that they'd been looking for someone with my exact (somewhat arcane) mix of skills for 6 months, had found no one and were starting to get a bit desperate.
But just to be sure, I wore pants.
That's a very personal question
Tash says I have to put Tooms in my car tomorrow. Tooms, where are you?
Get in my car.
Wait a sec, she says you have a silent "B" in you. I've never known you to be silent about anything!
Sshh, I'm thinking about lots that I can't type in the public domain.
I hope you didn't get any B stings.