You sort of expect that when you go to a job interview they will ask you questions and be probing you to see if you're up to the job. You kind of expect that those conducting the interview will have an idea of what ot who they're looking for and will be selling the role to you and looking for you to sell yourself to them.
Not so yesterday at my interview. It lasted all of 25 minutes and basically consisted of them telling me all the negative points of the job (blood, urine, puke and washing your hands 70 times a day) and asking very little. In fact I was asked only 2 direct questions one of which was "Do you think you'd like to work here?" not "Why do you think you'd like to work here?".
Now fair enough you may be thinking "seems like it was a breeze then" but it is remarkably difficult to sell yourself to someone when they don't really give you the opportunity to do so! As someone who has interviewed staff myself I was a bit surprised by the whole thing. 15 minutes spent telling me how hard and stressful and tiring the job was, 5 minutes going over the hours, holiday entitlement and training opportunites and 10 minutes chatting about funny things kids do and how important it is to make sure you take your tea breaks! Nothing about my skills, experience or previous employment. Nothing about why I wanted the job or what sort of person they were looking for!
Bizarre. However, we'll wait and see but I have a feeling that I shouldn't hold my breath!