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Being Watched

Updated 08/15/2017

   When interviewing you potentially will be watched
   in many different ways so be on your best.

   The following list situations where people have
   been observed before or during an interview that
   may give you additional reason to be smart.
     

    Companies are concerned about security on multiple levels, which is why video cameras are so
    prevalent today. From protecting people to protecting company confidential information to protecting
    people in an on-property car accident, they are there.

    Yet there is over "watching" that has been reported during interviews that are worth noting. Not that
    you need to significantly change your approach, but to be aware some "bad habits" should be left at
    home.


    The non-Receptionist Receptionist
    An article in a respected IT publication noted that one company had all candidates arriving for an
    interview report to one location. That location was a lobby. There was a Receptionist to help people
    and notify interviewing teams about arrivals. The Receptionist just happened to be a Behavioral
    Psychiatrist. The article indicated they were evaluating candidates while they waited for their
    interview and made notes. The article did not go into detail as to what was the company was asking
    from the "Receptionist", but the article suggested against reading a newspaper.

    Security Guards whether coming into the company's parking lot or entering their building may be asked
    for feedback. After all, you are giving them your name. Treat them with respect and kindness. They do
    an important job which is not all that glamorous until there is a problem. Have them on your side if
    they are asked for feedback.

    A Receptionist, who is a Receptionist, is one of many points you need to present yourself well. Show
    some common courtesy and respect as they have a job and you're looking for one. The reason is very
    simple. A Receptionist is the first person, outside of a Security Guard, and the last person you see from
    an interview. The potential for receiving input from these people on your professionalism, courtesy,
    respect and personal conduct can speak loudly about your character. 

    Clerical staff are often involved in getting you to an interview room or handling any special items you
    may need or will arrange for delivery after the interview. Again, the same theme: treat them with
    respect and thank them. After all, they may report to the hiring manager or will be handling the
    material you will be delivering later. Being kind, polite and respectful is never a bad thing.

    
    Edison's SoupImage result for thomas edison
    This article has circulated multiple times in LinkedIn but it
    highlights an important point. Thomas Edison would always
    serve candidates a bowl of soup. Edison, or a member of his
    staff, would observe the candidate to see if they added any
    salt or pepper to the soup. A small thing unless you were
    Thomas Edison. Edison, in creating the electric lightbulb was
    dealing with many unknown in his venture and overlooking
    small details could significantly delay a discovery.

    A person who added salt or pepper without tasting the soup
    first was unlikely to be offered a job.  Why you ask? The
    person did not know where the starting point was regarding
    their personal taste. 
 By habit, they would add the spice of
    preference.
Such practice in testing is not acceptable even for
    
something so simple as it may have significant impact to the
    success of the project, possibly causing 
the project to fail due
    to a missed step or observation.

    Yes, the small details overlooked may lead to a major error.