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Job interview nightmares: Which company is this?

ROBYN MOORE
Last updated 05:00 20/12/2012

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I had applied for a couple of jobs and heard nothing back, so I applied for another one and within two weeks received a call asking me to attend an interview with a recruitment firm.

I was given the questions 30 minutes before the interview so I could make notes and prepare answers. I did this and then went to the interview.

It was going splendidly until I was asked to expand on an answer and the question was framed: "What issues do you think this particular employer (named) would face with regard to fulfilling accessibility requirements?"

I was somewhat dazed by the question as at this moment I realised I was at an interview for a job I applied for several months ago, and not a job with the employer I had just made application to. It goes to show how generic many questions are as I hadn't picked up on this when given the list of questions. The recruitment company hadn't mentioned the employer until that point either on the phone to me or during the interview. I made an assumption and so did they.

At that point I thought it best to confess and explained the situation I now found myself in. We all had a good laugh and I was congratulated on my adaptability and honesty. I was asked if I wanted to continue the interview and I did. It went very well as at that point we were just so relaxed!

Later that day I received a call to say I was one of the final two from a large number of applicants. Again, I was congratulated on my ability to turn a very sticky situation around. I then had an interview with the employer and the job went to someone with more experience in the field, but the employer said if that person had turned the position down they would have most certainly hired me.

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