“Sorry (x) couldn’t be here.” – (x) CBA to see you, so he/she sent me instead and I’m just thrilled about it…clearly.
“So tell me about yourself…” – I have not read your CV and have literally no idea who you are, keep talking so I can try and think of some questions.
“We’re looking for someone enthusiastic and hard-working, willing to throw themselves into anything.” – You’re going to be somebody’s bitch.
“Are you willing to go above and beyond?” – Will you stay till 10pm when I give you jobs to do at 6:30 and smile about it?
“Some parts of the role will be tedious/menial.” – Most of your job will be tedious and menial.
“Do you have excellent attention to detail, are you buttoned down?” – Will you be a boring work zombie with no personality?
“Any questions for us?” – Dazzle me baby, dazzle me.
“Sorry, could you repeat that?” – I have no idea what you just asked me; stall, stall.
“Its always been my dream to do this.” – What you just described sounds hard and boring, but I need money. Please believe this eager face. If I smile enough, you’ll believe me right?
“I love going out, reading, seeing friends…” – I have no hobbies…I need to get some hobbies. Focus dammit.
“I’m great with computers, me and Microsoft office are BFF’s.” – I’m all the awesome at Facebook and when the screen turns blue, that’s good right?
“Oh yes, I know a bit about what you guys do.” – Umm, I googled you and you have a great logo, oh and I stalked you on Linkedin…and Twitter…and Facebook…and Pinterest…
“I love a challenge.” – I like sleep…and chocolate.
“I do a bit of photography.” – I take a great selfie.
“No, I don’t think I have any questions.” – I still don’t know what this role is I’ve applied for.
The only two questions that really need to be asked:
Why do you want this job and why do you think you’d be good at it?
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