When your awkwardly sitting in the job interview waiting room with your competition... (The other candidates)

Anyone ever was in a waiting room sitting next to people waiting to interview for the same job position as you?

Did you talk to those people about the job? Did you talk about your strengths and why you are better than them? Did you try to sabotage them somehow? Did you try to make a connection?

What would you do if you knew that the only person between you and your dream job was the person sitting next to you?

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Mar 28, 2018

I just talked to the other person like a normal human being.

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Mar 28, 2018

Evidently something that OP struggles with

Apr 4, 2018

Manspread and stare them down. Show em who TheBestMan for the job is.

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

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Mar 28, 2018

Teleport behind him with my katana and let him know it's nothing personal before tipping my fedora and imbuing him with the feeling of cold steel.

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Apr 3, 2018

Nani?!

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Apr 3, 2018

Omae wa mou shindeiru!!!

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Mar 28, 2018

I'd just make small talk. Normal things like asking what school or what program they're from, wish them good luck, and other lighthearted stuff like that.

Think of it as warm up before you have to go in for the interview and act friendly and personable to the recruiter.

Mar 28, 2018

Small talk all the way. Just make sure you initiate - it will make them feel a tad uncomfortable and help you feel more relaxed before the interview.

Apr 3, 2018

i talked about my strengths and then tied his shoelaces together

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Apr 3, 2018

Remember this? I make sure to make a scene that everyone was trying to punch me and get them oust from the interview room. No one would be ever be crazy enough to do it to themselves or would they ever believe this. If you ain't crazy, you don't want it bad enough as yet.

Apr 3, 2018

I have a completely normal conversation with them and then right before it's go time I look them dead in the eye with a concerned look and say, "are you feeling alright today?"

Not really, but it would be funny.

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Apr 3, 2018

I socialize as confidently and friendly as possible (careful to not be overly alpha or anything). I think its always a plus when the current bankers see walk by or walk in and see you being laidback, unspoken behaviorals

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Apr 3, 2018

Despite this being broken English this is absolutely correct. It's a positive sign when your interviewers see that you're a normal person as social skills are important. Plus, you never know. Maybe that other person gets the job or gets a job elsewhere and you apply there one day and you can be like "hey, remember when we had that interview together". It's a relationship business so it's always good to make a connection with people.

Apr 3, 2018

lmao damn, you are correct sir...lack of sleep man...

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Apr 3, 2018

A year ago, I had an interview with Fitch Ratings. The interview was scheduled for 9 am and of course the MTA never fails to fuck me over. I was stuck on the train for like 20 mins or so. The worse part was I was underground and did not have any service to call the hiring manager to let him know my situation.

When I finally got to the office, it was 9:15. Waiting on the security line to tell them I got an interview, there was a girl in front of me and I overheard that she was interviewing for the same role at 9:30am. We rode the elevator together and I asked what role she was applying for, just to confirm my hearing. And began to ask what school she goes to. It turns out she goes to the same school as me too. Although her interview was schedule at 9:30, the hiring manager interviewed her first and told me to wait until 10 am.

A week later, I was told I got the role and when I finally arrived at the office, I asked my manager how about the other girl. Unfortunately, there was only one more slot for the role, and I was chosen instead of her.

In conclusion, even though I knew she was applying for the same role as me and wasn't LATE to the interview, I did not treat her with any type of attitude. Like the comment above, just spoke to her like a regular human being. I also wished her good luck before she began her interview. Maybe I jinx her with my good luck. Oh well lol

Apr 4, 2018

We made conversation and he talked about all the interviews he'd had already and how he got an offer for Moelis but decided to come to this superday still. I mentioned I was waiting to hear back on a superday from BAML. He prodceeded to shit talk BAML and every other bank he could think of, and I just nodded and went "mhmmm" every so often

Apr 4, 2018
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