I just had my first interview with this company. They are opening an office here in Baton Rouge.
They called me after seeing my rsum posted online. They said they were looking for a Public Relations Assistant.
I went in for the interview this afternoon. I had a cover letter, copy of my rsum, and a sample press release. There were two other women there for interviews. One was older and looked like she's smart enough to not fall for this. The other girl was young and had no personality. She'll probably be with the company for a little while until these people decide she won't be earning them any money.
I had a ten minute interview with "Nathan" who gave me endless compliments on my cover letter, and he asked me if I wrote it myself. Now, not to be demeaning or make light of my skills, but I'm only a high school graduate. If he really wanted to make it seem like this was a Fortune 500 company with real professionals, he wouldn't have acted like my cover letter was equivalent to reading the Holy Gospel for the first time. Employees of ANY good company, Fortune 500 or not, are well adjusted enough to EXPECT proper business correspondence.
Before I could ask any questions about compensation, work hours, or nature of the actual job itself, he told me there would be a second interview ("Q&A session") I'd have to come to on Thursday afternoon. Having been led down the destructive interviewing process of Dunhill Enterprises a few years ago (also known as DS-MAX, http://groups.msn.com/DSMAXTheAftermath) this was a major warning signal for me... Then, added to that, were the countless compliments, the lack of questions about my actual work experience, the promise of "unlimited income" etc. He told me that within 10 years, I'd have enough money to retire. I thought this was very unusual for any company to basically hire people with the mindset that they'd be working on a ten year deadline. It did NOT seem right to me.
Just like DS-Max or any other cult/scam corporation out there, there will always be those devoted employees who will check up these boards and all that kind of stuff in defense of their cause. Guess what? I KNOW I AM RIGHT. I am not management and should not have to go in for three interviews for a sales position (having been told it was a PR position, too, how misleading). I should not be asked what I want out of life at my first interview; that's more like first date material. It was just so very wrong.
I don't have a degree in business practices, but there was just something completely amiss about this place. There was also the fact that I was called "sweetheart" REPEATEDLY during my interview, but I'll let that slide for now, or at least until I find a good sexual harassment lawyer. Anyone have any suggestions?
Baton Rouge, Louisiana