Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Interview in Review

A couple of days ago, I had an in-person interview at a local hospital regarding a corporate compliance position.  Corporate compliance kind of sounds like it sucks, but it would be a job, and that's really all I'm looking for right now.

Overall, I think the interview went pretty well.  It started out a little shaky because it was so hot outside I was literally dripping with sweat by the time I got to the hospital.  Luckily, I had enough time to spare that I was able to dry off a bit before the actual interview started.

The first interviewer was a HR lady.  I fucking hate HR and their bullshit questions.  I've gotten much better at answering HR questions, but she threw one question at me that contained so much HR/corporate lingo that I actually had to have her repeat the question in simpler terms.  That wasn't my best moment, but I think everything else went well.

The second interviewer was the assistant general counsel for the hospital.  He had absolutely no interest in interviewing me, but seemed pretty content kill an hour of his day sitting around talking.  He basically gave me a ten minute synopsis of the job and then we just kind of talked for the next fifty minutes. 

My honest assessment is that I completely fit what they want for this position.  I can read, so I can figure out rules and regulations in a corporate compliance context.  I'm also a lawyer so, theoretically, I should be able to it better than your average person.  The only problem is that there are several thousand other people in the Chicago area with those exact same qualifications.

Fingers crossed....


  1. Fingers crossed! Good luck! :)

  2. Word to the wise from someone who interviews candidates for jobs on a regular basis - we know they have all the prepared answers ready, and it really tells us nothing about how they would actually do on the job. How many people have been hired following great interviews but then they actually sucked at the job? So a shrewd interviewer will have the entire interview be relaxed, conversational, casual, so the candidate doesn't even realize he's being interviewed. This is the way to really get an idea of who someone is, how sharp they are, how they might fit into the office and the job, etc. You can learn a lot more about someone by just having a "casual" conversation with them vs asking them how well they work in a team environment and asking them to tell you their prepared "strengths and weaknesses". Plus corporate compliance is no joke, it's a minefield of 50 state and federal regulations that all carry hefty fines for non-compliance, and it's also incredibly boring, in my opinion. For what it's worth.