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Interview oversharing

Starburst® Moments in Sharing: Interview from StarburstChannel on Vimeo.

This video is not exactly the typical interview experience, but I've had my fair share of finishing a conversation and saying to myself - "did that really just happen?"

Oversharing extends into areas outside of the actual interview. Our blogs, social network profiles and Twitter comments blur the line between personal and professional life and what is considered appropriate to share in a public forum is continuing to change.

But some details are not for sharing, no matter how casual or comfortable the relationship - especially in a job search.

Recently, I've been on the receiving end of these interview overshares and I'm beginning to wonder if it is just me.

Here's a story for starters:

Miss Curious was very curious indeed. She liked asking questions - questions that probed into the personal lives of the office staff. While she was waiting for me to start the interview, she began to chat up my colleague and no more than 30 seconds into the conversation she asks, "So, do you have a boyfriend? What's he like?" The recruiter, caught off-guard, answered her quickly and change the subject.

Miss Curious insisted and told the office the entire story of how she met her boyfriend and then detailed the difficulties of her intercultural relationship. She was having a hard time adjusting to living in a new country and sharing a home. Before the interview even started, the office knew about this woman's uncertain and unstable relationship.

And this is just one of the tamer stories ...

It wouldn't be fair to say this only happens on the candidate side. Hiring authorities are guilty of TMI syndrome too like the time... well I'll save that one.

Stories anyone? I'd love to hear your most memorable.


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