I once interviewed about fifteen people for an intern programmer position. The seemingly most-qualified person had about twenty programming languages on his resume (for me, that was a red flag).
The least qualified person came in and the discussion went something like this (after I reviewed her resume):
me: so do you have any programming experience?
me: …. do you have any desktop or networking experience?
me: …. …. do you have any design or analyst experience?
me: …. …. …. do you have any customer service experience?
me: okay, well, I really need someone who as some kind of computer experience – I’m sorry, this isn’t going to work out.
I could not believe it – I thought maybe she left some stuff off her resume, but in fact she really didn’t have any reason to be in that room. Unless perhaps a professor told her she should get some experience interviewing.
I was disgusted, mad she wasted my time, but cracking up because this was the craziest interview I had that never should have happened.
When I started my job search I was that guy who thought I was ‘good enough.’ Then I realized I was competing with people, for the same job title, who had decades (DECADES) of experience more than I did. (I was looking for general manager and VP positions)
I was not qualified to be in any of those interviews.
I wonder how many job seekers are trying for jobs that they simply aren’t qualified for? More than would admit, I’m guessing.
How about you?