Friday I had what may be the strangest interview I ever had.
This company has been actively recruiting me for some time. They called me directly, headhunters called me, and they took me out for several dinners trying to convince me to come on.
My biggest reluctance was that I'm pretty much in charge of my department now and I was hesitant to come on as the #4 person in a department.
Now, the head of that department has left and I took for first proper interview with the company.... or so I thought.
I have to be honest, I was not really expecting to take the job, but I was open to the possibility, even if not now, maybe in the future.
I came in, dressed as the Premium Content suggests, charcoal suit, white Joseph & Feiss queen's cotton shirt and a subdued maroon tie. (the interviewers first words to me were "Good morning, Tom. Nice suit!"). He took me down to HR, had me get an application, then took me back to his office to chat while I filled it out.
I saw that one of the early questions was "salary requirements". I hesitated, not wanted to commit in writing so early. I asked about it, and the interviewer said "you can put either a minimum or a range." I thought that was fair.
I spent a total of 5 hours at the company, including lunch with the interviewer and the people who would be my direct reports. Most of that time was a company tour, showing me around, introducing me to people, asking my opinion of different matters.
At the end, we went back to the interviewers office and he asked me what I thought. I realized the interview was coming to an end, so I closed him. (I'd like an offer from you. Here's why....)
He told me he would get back to me with an offer by Wednesday of this week.
I was stunned. This is the highest level position I've ever interviewed for (and is a promotion over where I'm at now), and it was not even a real interview. I asked a little about that (feeling like I was looking a gift horse in the mouth). He said that my reputation preceded me. He already knew what results I had gotten in my current company and the name I had made for myself. He was mostly interested in showing me what he had to offer.
I had totally prepped for this, practicing my interview answers with my girlfriend all week, getting her to throw curve balls at me... and I didn't get to use any of it! It really seemed like the interviewer knew he wanted me in the position from the beginning.
Is that the strangest thing or what?