By Priti Dadlani
The most bizarre interview I ever had was with the city editor of a newspaper.
He interviewed me along with his deputy editor, a married woman who was about eight months pregnant. The interview took place over lunch and at one point, the city editor joked about how he and his deputy worked so closely together that reporters in the newsroom thought the baby was his. I nearly choked on my arugula, but said nothing. I got the job.
The best interview I ever had was simply a great one-hour conversation with the two hiring managers, discussing the job and my qualifications for it. By the time I got home, 45 minutes later, the Human Resources manager was on the phone offering me the job.
Most job interviews fall somewhere between those two extreme scenarios.
Raj Dadlani, CEO and founder of Huntech, a global search firm that specializes in placing computer engineering talent, has done screening interviews with thousands of candidates over the last three decades.