Yes, you might have noticed that the Mayfair offices of RMS Recruitment London were a little quiet recently when Directors, Tessa Meadows-Smith and Kate Rawlings treated the whole team to a fabulous four day trip away to the Riviera. Where did they choose to say thank you to their fantastic team of consultants? Only Saint-Tropez, one of the favourite playgrounds of many of their international jet set clients!
This one had a baptism of fire: "I had a job where the new person was welcomed with a luncheon at which everyone got to ask the newbie anything they wanted. I was asked when I lost my virginity, if I had any secret tattoos or piercings and other inappropriate questions."
Or how about the unfortunate new starter who was talking to a fellow worker and mentioned that their manager was "pretty sexy" only to find said manager standing right behind them
Here's a selection:
These are some of the items bosses chose to give their beloveds:
A robot vacuum cleaner, 10 jars of Nutella, the giver's four wisdom teeth on a necklace, a live frog, a sledge hammer and ostrich riding lessons.
What were they thinking?
And it doesn't get any better with the gifts some of entrants received:
How about two Tamworth piglets, a Cornish Pasty, a jar of live stick insects, a desk tidy or an electric drill?
... and the winning entries were:
winners Vicky and Joanna, and runners up Joanna, Sally, Fabiola and Natasha, who all know who they are and have been informed that they have won John Lewis vouchers.
On the day of my interview, on arrival at the office (after several disastrous wrong turnings and a rather fraught conversation with my recruitment consultant) I was greeted by a really friendly lady who took me to the meeting room where I would be met by three members of the team (including the boss). It all seemed very normal at this point....
I went to a few interviews thinking I'd like recruitment. One company started asking me general questions about why I'd like to get into recruitment. Then they started asking direct questions like "Are you ruthless? How far would you go to make a deal?" Feeling uncomfortable, I quickly changed track saying there was better ways of doing business than being ruthless and I was excellent and building client relationships.
In another interview for a sales role, the (bald, male) interviewer asked me to sell him my pink hairband. Hearing myself blabbing on about why my pink Alice band was so GREAT I realized I probably was not cut out for sales.
I was once asked if my boobs were real by a female interviewer and then she asked if I wanted to touch hers and give my opinion on their 'authenticity'!?
It was WEIRD....
I did get asked back for a second interview but decided I would pass on that one.
Question to a male candidate:
He then asked me to sit at his boardroom table and type it all back, transposed onto a huge wall-mounted AV screen, during which he said he'd just be a minute and disappeared through a secret door in the wood panelled wall.
The next thing I could hear was, "tinkle tinkle tinkle" as he was having a whizz in the secret loo cubicle! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!
These are the three winning entries:
First prize was Shavinder Kumaran, who was asked: "If you were the size of a pencil and you were stuck in a blender, so you could not reach the lid, how would you escape?"
Runners-up were Jane Trudgill and Philippa Howard.
Jane sent us a lengthy and funny description of a somewhat alcohol-laden interview that ended with this: “I DO remember my finale was them daring me to stand on my head…. AND ME DOING IT! “
You heard about the young graduate who went for an interview with a well-known electronics superstore?
He’d spent a week preparing thoroughly, turned up looking smart on the day, and then, to his astonishment, was asked during the interview to dance to a Daft Punk song.
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