What cereal are you? Job interview queries on Web

Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:17am EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When is it OK to lie? What would you do with 100 Christmas trees in July? If you were a cereal, what kind would you be?

Knowing that those and other questions await in an employment interview could have a huge impact on a candidate's chances of landing a new job and, beginning on Tuesday, a Web site called Glassdoor.com aims to provide that insight.

The online jobs site, which already lists salaries and reviews of companies around the world, is adding interview listings. Using a "give and get" system, users submit their experience anonymously for access to other people's stories.

"We view our mission as helping people make better career decisions," said Robert Hohman, chief executive of the Sausalito, California-based company.

"Interviewing is scary, and the one thing that can help reduce the anxiety of interviewing is information," he said. "It makes you feel more confident."

Reviews of nearly 2,000 job interviews have been collected from more than 1,000 companies, Hohman said.

The information includes descriptions of the process, such as whether it was a panel or one-on-one. It lists unexpected or tough questions, rates the difficulty, whether it was positive or negative and whether the interviewee got an offer.

For instance, a review by a candidate for a maintenance director post at a senior center run by Brookdale Senior Living in Tucson, Arizona, warned against the job.   Continued...

<p>Boxes of Kellogg's cereal are displayed on a store shelf in Westminster, Colorado April 26, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>