At Everyday Interview Tips, we like to provide you with in depth tips and strategies for acing your job interview. We write up hundreds of thousands of words and over a thousand pages of what you need to know in order to land a job. Yet every job interview is unique, and sometimes you can find a job or ace a job interview in some of the strangest ways. Below are real job interview stories from a young graduate that held several jobs and experienced several job interviews before he started his career.
First Job: Grocery Store
One of my first jobs during college was working in a grocery store. It was part of an enormous chain of grocery stores. They didn’t have resumes. Instead, they had basic applications, and then you called the number on a card and scheduled your own interview for the job. I applied for a job as a Courtesy Clerk, which is essentially a cart pusher. It’s a job designed for young people.
When I arrived, there were 5 other people applying to the same position. All of them were at least 40, 2 of them spoke no English and one was probably past retirement age. The job paid 7.50 per hour. We had to watch a video on how to help customers, and then take what may have been the easiest test of my entire life.
Q: Which of the following should you do if the door alarm goes off as a customer is leaving?
a) Beat them in the face with a gourd until they can’t breathe.
b) Call the police and drop tackle them to the ground.
c) Smile and politely ask if you can check to see if any alarms have yet to be disabled.
d) Rip off your clothes and dance the Macarena.
After the test was over, we were going to be called one at a time to an individual job interview with the PIC. I was second, and asked a series of easy questions, which I responded to confidently. I consider myself a fairly intelligent guy, and this was a grocery store, so it didn’t seem hard to impress the interviewer.
I sat back down in the room with the other applicants while they called the 3rd applicant for an interview. Before she came back, another PIC came in and asked if they could talk to me for a moment. We walked out of the room and she said to me “Do you want the job?” I said “Sure, but don’t you need to interview the other applicants?” She smiled, looked into the room, looked back at me, gave a short snort, and said “I’ll get the paperwork going.”
Tomorrow we’ll hear story number two about this college graduates interview experiences.