Got turned down in a job interview today, damm it's empowering!

  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 11:50 AM GMT
    So went to a follow up interview today and was told, and I quote: "We think you are too intelligent for this job".

    So I said to the interview: "I see that you are after idiots in your organisation, good luck, I'm sure they will be with good company"

    Felt totally empowered, damn it was awesome to let it out.
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    Aug 09, 2013 12:19 PM GMT
    Sounds like something I used to do! LOL

    Not productive and word about you will spread, but WTF, right? Feels great!
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  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    Very much so.

    Way I see it there's 2 possibilities
    - They are threatened by me and think I will be after their (management) jobs or make them look like fools.
    - Its just a sugar coated way to say no.

    I'd rather they just say no instead of sugar coating it to this degree.

    Not somewhere I would want to work.
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    Aug 09, 2013 1:31 PM GMT
    Have you thought they just used the line "you're too intelligent" to get you out the door? I have interviewed a lot of people for our business and the easiest way to get someone out the door is to compliment them and tell them they are just too damn good to be working for us. They leave, feeling super about themselves, although they were here looking for a job. We get to push egomaniac, non-productive idiots out without much hassle.
  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    Of course I do. See point 2 I made above. I very much dislike this tactics. Tell me as it is. Otherwise you are trying to make a fool out of me.

    That line may work well with some people but not all. The interviewer need to brush up on people reading skills.
  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    No I don't think they are being sarcastic. But more following Interview Skillz 101 book blindly like previous poster suggested.

    They got me on a bad day. But they don't hear the comeback often
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    Aug 09, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    You never know. They might have had a better job in the wings they could have been considering for you.

    It's not a good idea to burn bridges, no matter how good it feels at the moment. Always be civil.

    I must say, though, that I have interviewed for jobs that, ultimately, I am happy I did not get.

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    Aug 09, 2013 9:17 PM GMT
    Yeah what turbobilly says is true.

    Yet I prefer a much more direct answer, with little more formal and professionalism at hand.

    Then again my friend what reject you makes ways for a better door ahead. icon_wink.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 09, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
    turbobillyIt's not a good idea to burn bridges

    That's the mistake I always make.icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 09, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear buddy! next one will be the one!
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    Aug 09, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    turbobillyIt's not a good idea to burn bridges

    That's the mistake I always make.icon_sad.gif


    I know...my "Irish" always gets the best of me.... icon_evil.gif
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    Aug 09, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    I've heard variations on this so many times that I've count.

    "We just don't think you'll stay" = Too smart, too educated, not a good "fit" as a "team player", and on and on...
  • patmos9990

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    Aug 09, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
    But what kind of job were you applying for?
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    Elusium saidI've heard variations on this so many times that I've count.

    "We just don't think you'll stay" = Too smart, too educated, not a good "fit" as a "team player", and on and on...


    This. They were probably just trying to be nice to the OP, but I don't get why. Just see you at the door and then telling you they've hired someone else is less duplicitous.
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    Aug 09, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    I'm sorry but nothing about the OP's response struck me as intelligent and likely merely proved to validate the interviewer.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI'm sorry but nothing about the OP's response struck me as intelligent and likely merely proved to validate the interviewer.


    Yeah they were asshats, but the OP should not have taken the bait.
  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:36 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete said
    eagermuscle saidI'm sorry but nothing about the OP's response struck me as intelligent and likely merely proved to validate the interviewer.


    Yeah they were asshats, but the OP should not have taken the bait.


    I've got nothing to loose and the bait looked rather tasty. In any case, that's how I play icon_smile.gif
  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    offshore saidSo went to a follow up interview today and was told, and I quote: "We think you are too intelligent for this job".

    So I said to the interview: "I see that you are after idiots in your organisation, good luck, I'm sure they will be with good company"

    Felt totally empowered, damn it was awesome to let it out.


    Probably made it worse with that line.


    How can it get any worse?
  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    turbobilly said
    HottJoe said
    turbobillyIt's not a good idea to burn bridges

    That's the mistake I always make.icon_sad.gif


    I know...my "Irish" always gets the best of me.... icon_evil.gif


    Maybe I have Irish blood.
  • offshore

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    offshore said
    failscarf said
    offshore saidSo went to a follow up interview today and was told, and I quote: "We think you are too intelligent for this job".

    So I said to the interview: "I see that you are after idiots in your organisation, good luck, I'm sure they will be with good company"

    Felt totally empowered, damn it was awesome to let it out.


    Probably made it worse with that line.


    How can it get any worse?


    Like the others said.....burning bridges.


    That is only if the bridges are of any use. I tend to believe moving forward and if necessary, make my own new bridge.
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    Aug 10, 2013 12:41 AM GMT
    I've gotten similar lines... "You've got great some experiences on your resume, so I'll pass this on to my district manager for another position.".."


    After that I never really hear from them again, despite my inquiries.

  • Webster666

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    Aug 10, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    GOOD for you.
    I don't know where they get these assholes to interview prospective employees.

    And, the "behavioral questions" are insane: "Tell me about a time when you did something right the first time."

    This one interviewer was demanding that I tell her what year I graduated from college (so she could find out how old I was).
  • metta

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    Aug 10, 2013 12:52 AM GMT
    Their comment was dumb but it is still not a good idea to burn bridges. It would have been better to take it with more maturity. They may have had another job opening come up that they may have felt would have been a better fit.

    If I was in HR and had someone tell me that, it would have just confirmed that it was good that I did not hire you.

    For most jobs, there is not a shortage of applicants. It is very competitive.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 10, 2013 12:52 AM GMT
    Glad you said what you did, pretty stupid comment. I would have walked with the right idea that part of the interview was ..you on them. They flunked. Use the experience to make your job shopping a better experience..lol
  • Webster666

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    Aug 10, 2013 12:53 AM GMT
    smartmoney saidHave you thought they just used the line "you're too intelligent" to get you out the door? I have interviewed a lot of people for our business and the easiest way to get someone out the door is to compliment them and tell them they are just too damn good to be working for us. They leave, feeling super about themselves, although they were here looking for a job. We get to push egomaniac, non-productive idiots out without much hassle.


    And, I'm absolutely sure that this tactic throws away some great job seekers.