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8. Creating and Using Phone-Screens

Interviewer: “Oh, yes, let’s see. How many years of Smalltalk experience do you have?”

Candidate: “I don’t have any Smalltalk experience. Why?”

Interviewer: “Oh, too bad. We only need people who know Smalltalk.

Hmm, maybe the job posting didn’t make that clear, but it’s the case. So, I guess there’s not much point in continuing this interview. Thanks for coming in, but we really can’t use you.”

From the preceding, we can imagine a scene in which an interviewer sitting at a desk is reading a candidate’s résumé for the first time. The candidate, seated opposite him, fidgets anxiously in his chair. The dialogue depicts an all-too-common exchange.

Candidates who experience the type of treatment described in this ...

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