(Closed) Rude interviewer!? Is this normal?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@BakerBee16:  It might have been a “stress interview” where they purposely do things try to rile you and see how you respond in stressful situations or under pressure.

Post # 5
1066 posts
Bumble bee

@BakerBee16:  YUP sunds like they were testing you. I have had this before….

Post # 7
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Sounds unprofessional

BUT like the other Bees I’m guessing it was a case of either of two things.

1- Stress Interview… trying to see how you react to stress, because working in a Restaurant can be super stressful… Especially as a Hostess… things going on all around you… people in line, people coming in with Reservations, others without… phone going off.  Maybe people picking up take out.  Or just wanting to sit in the bar.  Others you have to sit in the bar for their wait… then remember what they look like, their names, and to fetch them when their table is ready.  etc etc etc

In which case, I’m guessing this is EXACTLY WHY the younger person was grinning from ear to ear… you were one cool cucumber and exactly what the Restaurant needs.  You didn’t flinch.  You didn’t get angry or upset even tho you had to repeat yourself countless times (like you would have to do in your day-to-day job)

You will probably get the job… or a call back.  CONGRATULATIONS

2- Second scenario.  Not so great.  Guy is a jerk.  He is the gal’s boss.  She knows he is a jerk.  But she still has to work around him.  She’s glad that he didn’t throw you, as you seem like a reasonable well organized person… she’d love to have you in the job.

Now you gotta decide if you want to work for a self-centered self-important bit of an @ss boss.

Hope this helps,

PS… You could always ask… if you are called back for an Interview… one-on-one with the gal.  “What is it with Mr X”… “Is he ALWAYS like this ?  This busy, this preoccupied ?”

Bearing in mind… that he may actually OWN the Restaurant… and she could just as well be his daughter / DIL

Which is WHY it is soooo important when Inverviewing that you do a bit of research on the company… try to figure out who is who… and what their role / title is etc.

Have you ever ate there on your own, and seen the place in action… might be worth a recognizance mission if you are really set on working there.  I find I learn a lot about a place as a Customer.  Especially if you keep your eyes and ears open you can usually judge the “atmosphere / working environment”.  Highly recommend doing this.


Post # 9
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, to the cash register remark.

I guess nowadays everyone assumes that High School kids are all working in Retail or Fast Food.

Don’t feel bad I had several jobs in Hospitality (the stream you are seeking in) and never ran a register until I was darn near 30 and Waiting / Bartending.

Just so happened most of my prior work was either Front of House (such as a Hostess) when I was in my late teens, or Back of House (Administration / Office Work) in my 20s

To be honest, this guy sounds like a real pill.  If you have know folks who have worked there, I might ask them what they know of “have heard” about Mr Charming in their travels.


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