Man instantly rejected at job interview after ignoring ‘receptionist’ who was actually hiring manager

Ellie Abraham@ellieabraham
Monday 10 May 2021 10:48
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People have been reminded of the importance of treating everyone with respect after someone shared a tale of someone who got instantly rejected from a job.

On Reddit’s r/LifeProTips forum, a post titled “interview starts immediately” highlighted how one candidate wrecked his chances of getting the job within the first five minutes after he ignored the receptionist who actually turned out to be the hiring manager.

The post explained: “He was dismissive to the receptionist. She greeted him and he barely made eye contact. 

“She tried to engage him in conversation. Again, no eye contact, no interest in speaking with her. What the candidate did not realize was that the "receptionist" was actually the hiring manager.”

The hiring manager then took the interviewee into the conference room and explained to him that every member of the team is important and deserves to be respected.

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The post continued: “Due to his interaction with the "receptionist," the hiring manager did not feel he was a good fit. Thank you for your time but the interview is over.

“Be nice to everyone in the building.”

People in the comments then shared their experiences of the hiring experience, highlighting the importance of being kind to all if you want the job.

One person wrote: “I’ll add as someone who’s been on every step of the hiring ladder, even if the receptionist wasn’t the hiring manager, that receptionist will still get her two cents in at the water cooler while decisions are being made.

“In a few fields I’ve worked in, it wasn’t just the people in the conference room that were consulted before making an offer. Be on point at all times, every employee is a potential team mate and they’re all assessing you.”

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