QUESTION OF THE WEEK!

| Working | July 17, 2017

Throwback ThursdaysQUESTION OF THE WEEK! Our new segment that aims to spice up your Mondays with our weekly question!Β 

What is the worst job interview you have ever experienced?

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  • Siirenias

    I did once have an interview with [Game Development Company]. After a rather in-depth interview, it too forever to hear back from them. They basically told me that my application was make-work for HR. Fortunately it was only like a twenty mile drive, but it still feels like an awful waste of time.

  • My worst interview wasn’t actually that bad, but I wish they hadn’t gone through with it at all. I could tell right away that they had probably already filled the position and only kept my appointment to appear professional. Well, it was anything but.

    The interviewer rushed through her questions barely listening to any of my answers. I arrived 10 minutes early, was immediately called to her office and then was done before it was even my original interview time. Maybe if she had slowed down and not talked over me every time I tried to speak, I wouldn’t have felt so disrespected. I was barely out of school at the time and whenever I drove by their building I’d find myself just glaring at the sign before rolling my eyes.

    I hope whoever they hired had a better experience than I did!

  • Agent Tarter

    I went in for what was purportedly an interview for a sales and marketing position. It was described in the ad as being a position where we would represent a distributor and take orders from retailers who wanted to carry their line. The interview, we were told, would include going out on the road with one of their experienced sales reps so we could get a feel for the job. It wasn’t until after my group dropped off that they told us that 1) we were selling door-to-door to anyone, not by appointment with retailers as they had implied; 2) the “exciting new products” were cheaply made and wildly overpriced plastic junk; and 3) the “interview” was actually just following the sales rep around, carrying her stuff. Once I learned that, I also realized point 4) we had no way to exit the “interview” because we had been dropped off by the company van, which wasn’t coming back until four hours later.

    I spent four hours following this person around watching her try to sell this random box of stuff to whoever would answer the door. When we got back to their headquarters, the recruiter started excitedly telling me about how much potential there was in this area and how much room there was for expansion. I interrupted to say that this was not for me and I did not want to waste any more of their (my) time. Thirty seconds later, I was out the door with barely an “okay, thanks.”

    At least it did give me an idea of just how much I did NOT want that job…

    • Sofiya

      I had the exact same experience! Except we were held hostage at a mall and had to sell crap to passing mall patrons. It was the worst. I ubered out of there half-way through the day.

    • denim

      MLM. “Distributors”, yeah right.

  • chickenface

    I went to a job interview when I was 30, and the interviewer kept saying how I appeared “too young” for the secretary/administration position (for which I had 6 years experience). He then tried to commiserate with me about how the other candidate was too old-looking. Then right back to how young I looked. He asked me where I went to church (I told him I just moved and hadn’t found a church yet, which is technically true, as I don’t go to church at all). He asked me if I had kids, and if I was going to have more. Then more comments on my age. It was like every illegal question, all crammed into a short interview.

    (I later found out that prospective employers ARE allowed to age-discriminate for people under 40. It’s the older population who are protected from age-discrimination rules. Stupid!).

    They did wind up offering me the job, except so did another employer, and I told the second one that I was probably going to go with [the jerks] because they were offering me benefits and better pay, and the nice-employer upped her compensation to match, so I went with her and am still with her 6 years later.

    • Kitty

      I’m pretty sure asking about a woman’s plans for children could be toeing the line for sexual harassment, regardless of age…

      • Kumajiro

        At the very least it seems like sexual discrimination. “Well let’s pick Mrs. B because Mrs. A might take maternity leave.”

  • Loa1919

    I went for an admin position at a high level university.
    I sat down with 2 people, and one of them leaves the room for a moment. The remaining woman tells me how disappointed she is to meet me, as my CV had me looking Polynesian, and they needed one for their team to balance their shared lunch days! She never said anything in front of interviewer 2, and it turns out my CV hadn’t been emailed correctly, and it only showed my contact details and a black & white photo. They had none of my work experience, skills, work details… nothing. Just a picture, and they wanted to interview me on the basis that I *COULD* be Polynesian.
    I was pretty flabbergasted.

    • Kitty

      Balance shared lunch days? Is that code for “We have a racial diversity quota to fulfill”?

      • Dsru Bin

        I think it’s more selfish than that. I think it’s, “When we have shared lunches, we have a guy who brings in Middle Eastern food, a gal who brings in South American food, a guy who brings in Russian food, but we don’t have someone who brings in Polynesian”

    • Megan

      Serious question: Why do people send photos with their resumes when they aren’t required? Wouldn’t showing them what you look like give them a reason not to call you in? I was always told it’s best to not send photos because an employer could take one look at you and decide they don’t like what they see, and so won’t call you in for an interview.

      I ask this as someone who used to work in HR, and received many applications with photos, some of which were of people going fishing and other strange things including magazine covers (this was for a government agency, not a modeling company). It always baffled me!

      • Kitty

        Here in Germany, schools prepared us in 9th grade on how to write CVs and what to do or not do when it comes to interviews; things written in the CVs or cover letters and everything.

        And most of the places I apply to DO want a picture with your application and majority of CVs tend to have pictures on them, too. I think it has to do with, well, ‘putting a face to the name’.

        Though we were also told to not use just ANY photo we have handy. It has to be a professional one; make yourself look like you’d appear at an interview or at a job: clean clothes and groomed appearance. Some photostudios do offer ‘CV picture’ services where the background tends to be a solid, light color.

        • The whole “not just any photo” now has me thinking of those Craigslist/Ebay/etc. listings where the seller couldn’t even be bothered to take a new, clear photo of whatever they were selling and instead just grabbed one that maybe had the thing in it. Like a coffee table covered with clutter, a couch with kids and blankets all over it, or a mattress propped up against a wall with towers of moving boxes stacked in front of it. Or a shot of an entire, fully-furnished-and-then-some living room, where the listing is just for that tiny end table in the corner with the TV remote, a table lamp, and fifteen ceramic kitten statues all over it.

        • Covertwalrus

          Here in New Zealand, only the Hospitality industry ( Hotels, bars, restaurants, and such ) are permitted to ask for photos on a CV.

        • HereWeGoAgain

          In America it’s quite the opposite. I used to work in HR and know quite a few people that would throw out any resume with a picture. They didn’t want to deal with potential claims of racial discrimination.

        • denim

          They can see what I look like when I get there for the in-person interview.

  • Kersten Beauchamp

    Kohl’s. I applied for a full time manager position and they called me in for a group interview. For a part time clerk position. I walked out.

    • SusannahJoy

      Did… Did I sign up for a different account and write this? Because I also applied at kohls for a manager position, and when the interview turned out to be a group interview for a cashier position I walked out.

      • Kersten Beauchamp

        Seems to be their pattern.

    • Novelista

      I didn’t try for a management position, but they always have group interviews, no matter the department. Seems weird that the two of you had the same situation, though…

      • denim

        They could’ve been at the same group interview, for all we know.

    • EffityJeffity

      The exact same thing happened to me for an interview at the Apple Store. I applied to be a supervisor, ended up at a a group interview for what essentially was a customer service/sales position.
      Apparently my CV was “too technical” to be considered for management.

    • Vulpis

      Sounds like an experience I had, but in reverse. I applied to a certain lage toy-store chain for what was listed as a basic shelf-stocker job. Got called in to what was a group interview, and they’re expecting you to do sales/marketing work to customers…presumably while stocking.

  • Caroline Hendrix

    I was interviewing for a front desk position at a legal firm. I’d passed the first interview and was called in to a second interview with one of the two legal partners who owned the firm. During the interview I asked to know more about the position, and was told “Well, we want someone who will guarantee to be with us at least a year – we’ve already had two people in this position in the last 8 months.” Later, I asked about the people who worked there and was told “Most of them are fine. But the other partner, well, he’s an a$$hole!” Finally, I was told “You better not be bothered by swearing – some of our clients are pretty rough and it’s the only way we can get through to them.”

    Like a fool, I took the job even though I was paid much less than the going rate, and lasted less than three months there. I was finally fired for NOT helping a walk-in customer because I was on a collect call with the local jail, and such calls were limited to only 15 minutes or less. Oh, and I was reprimanded because I would say “Good morning” whenever any of the employees walked through the front door in the morning. I wish I’d listened to my gut and NOT taken that job!

  • GeminiDragonBadger

    When I was still teaching, I went to an interview in my field. I was interviewed by the principal and vice principal (if I remember correctly). The VP showed 0 interest in anything I was saying, sighing and looking around the room more than listening to me. I still regret not saying “if you’re not interested, I can leave.”

    Or the time I locked my keys in the car right before an interview. I did terribly because I was so upset.

    • Kitty

      “If I’m boring you, just say so.”

    • Ellendra Nauriel

      Teaching means being in a room full of bored people who would rather be elsewhere. It’s possible the VP was making an attempt at seeing how you dealt with such people.

      Possible, but I won’t say it’s probable. I hope your students were better at hiding it.

      • GeminiDragonBadger

        It’s possible, but there’s definitely a difference between kids being bored and a person who is deciding if I get a job or not being bored lol.

  • Evil Music Box

    I had a phone interview out of the blue one lunchtime, after a quick chat about myself they offered me an interview with an auto trader type magazine as a data inputter. I insisted that I wasn’t qualified but the recruiter was adament that I was perfect for the role. So I had 3 hours to try and get ready, prep and get to the interview, which turned out was in the middle of nowhere and the recruiter had lied when he said it was easy to get to by public transport. I waited for half an hour for someone to come and get me, when they did they handed me a sheet of 50 random questions like favourite film and why, favourite car and why, describe in 100 words your perfect holiday etc. Then told me I had 10 minutes to complete it. I only got about halfway through when they came back, two men who proceeded to talk at me for 20 minutes about everything except the role I was interviewing for. They then looked at my answers and told me why each one was wrong if I tried to explain any of them they just cut across me. The major blow came when tbey looked at my CV and the main guy started giving me tips on my cv for when I interviewed elsewhere, I just sat there embarrassed for another 40 minutes whilst they talked about themselves and the company, at one point having a 5 minute discussion just facing each other, at the end he finally asked if I had any questions, so I asked him to describe the role, what was the pay, holidays, any benefits and he laughed and said well what do you think we have been talking about this afternoon? At that point I shook their hands and thanked them and left. Needless to say I didn’t get the job, and the recruiter got a stern talking to.

    • Kitty

      Should’ve reached across the desk, taken your CV and ripped it in front of them before leaving.

  • EJ Nauls-Poland

    The interview was with Five Guys. I was interviewed by the manager, but near the end she had to go take care of something so she had the assistant manager finish it. Once we were done, the am says to me verbatim, “welcome aboard.” Naturally, I’m thinking that this means I’ve practically got the job. A week goes by and I haven’t heard anything back from them, so I call up there to find out what’s going on. The person I talked to said that they’d call me with information soon. Another week goes by; still nothing. I head up to the location (I believe it was a Saturday) and ask what’s going on. The manager tells me that they will call me on Tuesday. Guess what didn’t happen on Tuesday?

    • EJ Nauls-Poland

      As for a title, I’d go with “Welcome Aboard the Titanic.”

      I’m not a very creative person.

      • Matt Westwood

        Yes, yes, we know.

        • EJ Nauls-Poland

          I’m not sure how seeing as how I rarely if ever try to be creative.

          • Matt Westwood

            Yes, we noticed.

          • EJ Nauls-Poland

            Again, how can you notice my lack of creativity if I never make an attempt to be creative? You realize that you have to actually make sense to be a smart*ss right?

          • Matt Westwood

            Because you haven’t actually contributed anything of a creative nature, of course. Du-uh. If you were creative you would have created.

          • EJ Nauls-Poland

            Or that just tells you that I don’t like people enough to try with them (which I don’t)

  • Christine Orosz Deahn

    Applied for a teaching job and had four ridiculous experiences. First was told after I arrived that there actually wasn’t a position available but we’d could sit and talk. Second, was asked FIVE times to leave and wait in the hall so the interviewer could answer the phone. Third, was actually asked if I could handle multicultural students and was accused of being racist. And finally, was approached in the hall by the custodian before the interview and told to run as fast as I could.

    • Novelista

      Listen to the janitorial staff–they see and hear all!

  • Lyndsay Rae

    I drove an hour for an interview in a big city. I arrived 15 minutes early, resume in hand, only to be told that the manager had just left on errands. They called him repeatedly and got no answer. I left and he called me back THREE hours later, asking if I could come back in.

    Alternatively, another employer sat me down and didn’t ask me any interview questions. Instead, they told me they were impressed with my resume, offered me a wage that was $4 below my current wage, and asked me when I could start. Usually I wait until tje end of an interview to turn down a job, but they were dead set on getting me to start. I had to interrupt them to decline.

  • HereWeGoAgain

    Newly graduated attorney and scored an interview with a local law firm. Awesome, cuz unemployment sucks (also, height of the great recession). Got rescheduled day of. Hey, I’m unemployed, I have all the time, of course I can change interview times. Rescheduled AGAIN on the new day, but only by an hour this time, because the attorney got stuck out of office with a client. Okay, red flags everywhere, but again, unemployed. Show up to the messiest receptionist/front office I’ve every seen. Files are everywhere, the receptionist is unkempt, had someone walk by as I was waiting without her shoes and there was a random antique rocking horse. WTF? If I were a client I’d walk right back out again. Wait a little longer, and finally get called back for my interview. Only it wasn’t with the promised individual, it was with his brother. Glad to see nepotism was alive and well, but I was already there. He spends the majority of the interview complaining how he wished he never went to law school. I desperately try to steer said interview in the direction of my skills, my resume, my schooling…anything really. More complaints on his part. Interview ends with the statement that they were TOO BUSY to send me an email if they decided to go with someone else. Excuse me? I get to the interview stage and a form email from your receptionist was too much to expect? Went home, poured myself a whiskey, and congratulated myself on the fact that a terrible interview meant that I wouldn’t have to decide between unemployment and employment with them.

    • TheLastHonestLawyer

      If you don’t mind my asking, what area did that office specialize in?

      • Matt Westwood

        Extracting the last remaining wealth from people who had suffered a minor illness, probably. The firm made millions.

      • Noinipo

        Please tell me that you recognize the rocking horse

        • TheLastHonestLawyer

          LOL! Sadly, no, but the community of trial lawyers is pretty small, so I might know someone in this office if they were in Central California.

      • HereWeGoAgain

        It was a small office in the midwest, mostly specializing in contracts, wills, small claims…nothing exciting.

    • Kitty

      “He spends the majority of the interview complaining how he wished he never went to law school.”
      *gets up and leaves* I’m an attorney, not a bartender to pour out your sorrows to.

      • TheLastHonestLawyer

        As a defense attorney, you get that a lot from clients. They want to explain how their miserable lives meant that they were totally justified in committing an armed robbery and shooting at the responding police.

        • Kitty

          Clients I can expect that from. Not from the lawyer. Dude, if you regret going to law school, why didn’t you drop out and study something else in the meantime? Or study a minor, so you have a back-up plan?

          • TheLastHonestLawyer

            Seriously. There a huge number of things you can do with a JD without being a member of the bar.

  • Gretchen

    It was not a job interview, but a call for me to go to the interview. I applied for a job at some small store in a mall, and while I was applying for the jobs in the city I live in, I was on the other side of the country (yes, a small one, but still a several hours drive). I was not expecting any calls so soon, because they usually call after their ad has expired, and this one was still up. So a woman called me on Thursday, all nice and happy, asking me if I could go in for an interview the next day (so Friday). I asked if it was possible to have it next week instead, because I had other plans and I was on the other side of the country and she went OFF on me, asking when I was planning to start working if I couldn’t even bother to go to an interview and if I even wanted a job. I politely ended the call and I am actually very glad it happened, because I would not want to work for a person who treats a potential employee like that within the first few sentences.

    • Elle Wayne

      I too lost an interview opportunity because I couldn’t come in at the time they asked (it was the next day). I guess they assume all people looking for work are just sitting at home twiddling their thumbs…

      • Gretchen

        It does seem like that’s exactly what they think and that sucks. I get that the unemployed one is the one who needs the job and should be available, but it just is not possible at every point of time.

        • Heaven forbid someone have a doctor’s appointment, family wedding or funeral, other job interview, actual job they’re trying to get out of, etc.

  • IHadAMew

    Retail position interview:

    Interviewer: As a situational question, there’s an old woman outside who has fallen over in the car park before she’s come into the store. What do you do?

    Me: I go out to help her, check if she’s conscious, breathing or bleeding without moving her, and call an ambulance and alert the first aider on duty.

    Manager: *looking at me with a frown*

    Me: …And I also stay with her until the ambulance comes.

    Manager: *raising his eyebrows and shaking his head*

    Me: I’m sorry, I think I’ve answered this to the best of my ability. Could I get feedback of anything I missed?

    Manager: You didn’t hear me right. BEFORE she’s come into the store. She’s not a paying customer, leave her and get on with your job that you’re PAID to do.

    Me: …I change my mind, I don’t want this position.

    • Kitty

      “Customer or not, I do not just ignore a potentially bleeding human being.” Plus, it’s still store property outside of the building, so they’d still be liable.

    • June

      Wow, seems like this manager is no human being.

    • Vulpis

      Given the story I just read, I think this mismanager moved on to a hotel manager position…

  • Fenn

    Applied for a job that I was told would be back of house stuff. During phone interview turns out they were looking for phone operators instead. I noted that it was not what I had in mind nor did I see that when I applied and declined an interview.

  • Sara van der Merwe

    I applied to be a waitress, and during the interview process, the manager wanted to show me what was expected of a waitress. I had already been one, so most of it wasn’t knew, until he touched my lower back and tummy to tell me to arch my back more for “good posture.” The second manager took over soon after, and he told me that making my butt look bigger made the male customers happier. He then recommended I work out, stop eating food I liked, and suggested I wear butt-enhancing panties. I didn’t take the position.

  • Hedronal

    Do please tell about that exit interview.

  • Lord Circe

    Overly familiar woman, who kept going off on tangents about “advice” for what I should be doing in an interview, like telling me to fold and unfold my arms, and kept talking about how “grown-up” I looked.

    I was 22, with a full beard. And no, I had never met this lady before sitting down for the interview.

    • Kitty

      …does this mean, to get a job, I should wear tight shirts and point out my boobage?

  • Novelista

    1. The Tex Mex place where the wife never bothered to call me back for a second, phone interview–probably because she had heard from her husband that I don’t go to church.

    2. Getting duped into the “rainbow vacuum” scam (and staying on past the first half of orientation when I learned that we wouldn’t be paid for orientation or training).

    3. Falling for a “test drive” scam and letting a manager get a free hour of work from me.

    4. Some guy at…aeropostale?…telling me how I should dress and act for an interview. As if I hadn’t been getting jobs for years without his help.

    5A. Cosmetics manager making me feel like I had the job, then the state level Clinique rep grilling me as to every job I ever had, which ensured I lost the job.

    5B. Macy’s summoning me to interview for positions they didn’t actually have.

    6. (Counting this one because I intended to be a Career.) The Army recruiter that had me lie to everyone about everything–and then had to deal with me crying my ass off and her pissed off CO when shirts hit the fan.

    • Matt Westwood

      “crying my ass off” — that would actually be a bit of a red flag when I was interviewing someone for the armed forces.

      • Hodge Elmwood

        Wouldn’t an Army recruiter who insists you lie “to everyone about everything” be an even BIGGER red flag?

        • Matt Westwood

          Actually I’d be more concerned about the appallingly misleading and confusing typos in the original post which make it difficult to understand what the [email protected] was actually trying to say in the first place.

  • Jill Lybarger

    Oh, let’s see…
    *The Hobby Lobby interview where the interviewer not only invited me to go to church with her, but left the room to get a flyer for her church so she could give me directions. (This was years before the “religious freedom” suit. I’m not a Christian…)
    *The home furnishings store where I was told that part of the interview included working three separate 8 hour shifts unpaid to determine if I could follow orders and would fit in with the rest of the staff. They also had a fairly strict dress code that changed every four months so that employees didn’t “distract” from the merchandise.
    *The bookstore where my “interview” turned out to be my first day at work. (Guy asked me a few questions, showed me the cash register, handed me a key and told me to lock up at 5!)

    On the other side of the desk – I once did a preliminary interview in a book store where I worked. A few minutes in, the prospective employee asked me if there were any men working in the store. I told him that the current staff was all female. He thanked me for my time and bolted out of the store!

  • TheLastHonestLawyer

    After finishing law school and passing the bar I was looking for a job. I had focused on criminal law, and was sending resumes to public defender’s offices, legal aid, advocacy groups, and the like.

    Which made it odd when I got called by a financial services corporation for an interview. But I was bored, and interview practice is always good, so I went.

    Strike One: None of the three people speaking with me seemed to have any experience at all with the law. Their questions sounded like they were being dredged up from bad “L.A. Law” episodes.

    Strike Two: They were very evasive about what legal services they were hiring me for. This is an important thing, because not all lawyers are good at the same things.

    Strike Three: They kept speaking to each other in Spanish. Now I’m Arab-American but I grew up with Latino friends and speak Spanish fairly well. It became clear that they wanted a lawyer to help them launder money.

    At that point, I stood up, thanked them, and let them know they needed a dishonest financial lawyer, and I was a criminal defense attorney. Which they would probably be needing sooner rather than later.

    • Covertwalrus

      They didn’t seem to know the difference between a criminal lawyer, and a Criminal-defense lawyer. πŸ™‚

      • denim

        “Better Call Saul” makes that kinda fuzzy, no? :->

  • Covertwalrus

    Had one interview that was pretty good, apart from the start; Went to it with the agent form the employment agency, was introduced to the manager of the laboratory the job was in ( Business manager, as it turned out), shortly after the preliminaries he looks me in the eye and verifies were I come from – A small city of about 80 000 away from the main city the laboratory is in, wh9ich is the largest city in the country.
    “( City Name), huh?” he asks.
    “Yes, I went to university there and lived just outside it” I replied.
    “So,” he says with a note of triumph,” If you lived in (City name) all this time, where did you learn to wear shoes then, eh?”
    I politely laughed.
    He responds “And how do you expect to get a job if you laugh at a straightforward question?”
    I stammer something, the agent rushed in with a comment about how (city name ) is quite advanced for a dairy and general farming center, having light industrial and telemarketing services there.

    She later apologized for the manager’s behavior, and said she’d never sent anyone to him before for an interview.

    • Kitty

      “And how do you expect to get a job if you laugh at a straightforward question?”
      How do you expect to be respected by anyone by asking dumb questions? Note: This one is not a rhetorical question, either.

    • I grew up in a rural farming community known for corn and dairy cattle. I still know how to wear shoes. What kind of moronic question is that?

    • Kumajiro

      Damn. To me, 80,000 is decently sized. But then, my fist job was in a tow of 5,000 and one of my coworkers just moved to a town of 600.

      • Covertwalrus

        True enough. At the time, the city the job was offered in had around 1.3 million people. And an attitude that they were the sole city in the country.

        • denim

          New York? πŸ˜€

          • Covertwalrus

            Not even the right country πŸ™‚
            Though the irony of your being parochial about America in a thread about being parochial about cities is not lost on me πŸ˜€

          • denim

            At least you got my concept. Have you seen the New Yorker map which shows New York City in the foreground and the rest of the country compressed into almost nothing, followed by the Pacific Ocean?

  • Matt Westwood

    Not the interview as such (had a few meh ones but no horror stories), but I encountered a recruiter who I dropped like a heated vegetable.

    Agency sent me to an interview somewhere well outside my comfortable range of commute, for a position in a field of work well outside my comfort zone, doing work I’m not sure I would have actually enjoyed or been good at.

    I attended, acquitted myself well enough, then was taken into the canteen by one of the management team (an old-school foreman salt-of-the-earth type) who treated me to refreshments, and we chewed the fat for a while, straying into the murky waters of political philosophy, where we appeared to see eye to eye.

    All in all I was fairly impressed with the place, the only problem being the long commute — hence I was asking questions about relocation. All seemed to be going swimmingly.

    So when I got home, the phone was ringing off the hook (this was before the days of personal communication devices) and the recruiter was *demanding* to know why I had not rang them back to thank them for their time, and gave me a *serious* dressing-down for being so rudely unenthusiastic. Excuse me? I said, I was being interviewed for a technical position were I needed to ask critically important questions about the product and their working practices to ensure I was a correct fit. “Well unless you improve how you present yourself, you’re not going to be sent any more interview opportunities from us, and we will also be warning other agencies about your appalling attitude.”

  • EffityJeffity

    About ten years ago, I was made redundant, and mainly due to the recession I was finding it difficult to find another job. Finally, my perfect role came up, and I was asked to come in for an interview on a Friday morning.
    As my previous job came with a company car, I only had my classic Triumph to drive around in, which was fine as I had had time to restore it properly and make it reliable. I turned up for the interview on an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere, with the visitors’ spaces just outside reception. I was the only visitor, so when the interviewer arrived to take me off to a meeting room, he noticed the car, and started some small talk about it etc.
    The trouble was, much as I tried, he wouldn’t stop asking me questions about the car. Every question I asked was answered very briefly, it was clear he was more interested in talking about the car, so I obliged – when I tried to steer the conversation back on topic he seemed to get irritated.
    Eventually I got as much as I could about the company from him, so we just talked cars for the next half an hour. We were now best friends, and he was keen to know details of shows I’d be taking the car to over the summer.
    I gave my feedback to the recruitment agency that I was very keen on the role, got on well with the interviewer, but would like to know more about the company etc. at a potential second interview.
    Eventually I got a call back on the Tuesday afterwards. They wouldn’t be asking me back as “all he talked about was his car”…

    • drwillie1980

      I had something similar happen in a different realm. I was on a first date with a woman I’d met online. We met at a coffee shop, and she kept asking me questions about my ex-wife. Afterwards, she said she didn’t want to date me as I talked too much about my ex. It was nothing short of bizarre.

  • Kitty

    Any interview that made me feel like things had been going very well, but then rejected me. Do those count? But a concrete example… I think I was interviewing for a position in a bakery and the guy asked me why I had no experience in the field. I tried to say, as politely and lightheartedly as I could, “Well, the conundrum is that nobody will hire me without experience, meaning I cannot get any experience to be hired in the first place”.

    Oh! No, I remember one now!
    I was interviewing for a position as being trained to be a legal assistant in a small law office. I felt things went fine. The lawyer did mention my slight speech impediment (recently had jaw surgery that changed a lot, so I had to get adjusted to that; no biggie) but it was no big deal. I got the job!
    And then he was surprised when I reminded him that I was going to do the shortened training because I had already finished training in another position, meaning I was legally allowed to do that.
    Lawyer: You never mentioned that in the interview.
    Me: I’m pretty sure I did.
    They fired me after three days.

    • Elle Wayne

      I think those types of interviews count. Often, they have someone in mind but they’re required to recruit, so they literally just waste people’s time. However, they don’t want to come off as a bad place to work, so they are super nice and make it seem like they’re really impressed with you. Eventually I learned how to spot the fake interview.

      • Kitty

        I must suck at recognizing them, then, cause I’ve been jobhunting off and on for more than 5 years and still always get my hopes up.

    • I’ve always hated the “everyone wants experience” jobs. Either they’re asking for, say, five years’ experience in a field that’s only existed for three, or every single entry-level position in the field you’re searching wants five years’ experience, so unless one of them is willing to bend (or you’re lucky and somehow get an internship for that field), you’re not getting the experience they want in the first place. Plus they’re still paying entry-level wages for someone with five years’ experience.

      • Vulpis

        I’m reminded of the classic tech joke about places that want 5 years experience in some Microsoft software…that was only out for 2 years at the time…

      • Kitty

        Problem for me is, I’m 27 years old right now. I am past the age of being okay with taking ‘Just an internship’ which tend to not get paid. I like to see myself as a hooker in that regard: I give you my services and you pay me. I’m no longer a highschool kid, looking to gain ‘work experience’ through an internship. I want to work and I demand money.

        • Kumajiro

          Most internships I’ve applied for or seen postings for a definitly paid. My current one is 19/hour. Maybe it’s just the field I’m in, where the internships you’re actually working and not just tailing someone. Legally, unless you’re being watched and not doing work that would normally be an employee’s job, it can’t be an unpaid internship.

          • I think if there’s school credit tied to it, some places will let companies get away with unpaid internships.

  • drwillie1980

    I’m the employer here. I actually nodded off to sleep while interviewing someone once. She totally noticed too. EXTREMELY embarrassing. I’d not slept well the night before, and it was late in the afternoon, a time I normally get a little “dozy”, but that’s no excuse. I really felt really bad for the poor woman. It was my fourth or fifth interview of the afternoon, but again, NO excuse for me nodding off.

    • Noinipo

      Twice a year or so, my university would have job fairs and employers could reserve rooms in the main building to conduct interviews that day. Our campus was pretty strange and it actually doesn’t sell any caffeinated beverages anywhere on campus (no coffee, tea, or even caffeinated soft drinks). I once had an interview around 4pm with some guys who had been interviewing people since 8am that morning. First thing I did was apologize for what they were going through since they looked like they were completely and utterly exhausted.

      • I think we may have gone to the same university, if your icon is anything to go by. I don’t recall job fairs with reserved rooms for interviews, but things may have changed since I graduated.

  • Aaron

    Toys’R’Us, which was my first-ever interview. They set me in their break room for almost a full hour, and there was almost no customers in the store.

  • Jackie

    Told me it was wheelchair accessible. Had 2 flights of stairs.

    Also asked me impossible questions (on laws since I graduated, I could not possibly memorise all laws since, but was fully capable of researching if given the chance) and never got back to me to say I was unsuccessful.

    If I apply I don’t always expect to hear back, but if you make the effort to go to an interview the least you can do is a courtesy email to say you’re unsuccessful.

  • Skye

    Interviewed for a waitress position at a 50’s-themed restaurant. All was going well until the manager informed me that new recruits were “required” to work the first week for free.

    I told her that was illegal, she claimed it wasn’t because I’d get to keep my tips. Yeah, no. She then told me I had the wrong attitude for the job so we should just end the interview now. I was just about to tell her I was leaving, so part of me is still mad she beat me to the punch.

    • Kitty

      And you then called the BBB on her, right?

      • Skye

        They weren’t part of the BBB, conveniently, so the BBB said there wasn’t much they could do. HOWEVER: they were under new management and under a new name before the year was out. Somebody else reported them to the province.

      • I would think that’s something more for the labor board.

  • Meowson

    I’m a graphic designer with 5 years in the industry. Not brand new but not a ton of experience either so when I got a call back for a magazine I’ve always read, I jumped at the chance. When I went for the interview, the receptionist called my interviewer at least a dozen times before they finally picked up and informed her that they were out of the office but would rush back right now.

    So my interview started over 40 minutes late. My interviewer was rushing around, grabbing papers and huffing and puffing before finally sitting down to speak with me. Then she spent the entirety of my interview looking through my portfolio and critiquing every single piece. She never gave any constructive criticism though, she just picked everything apart, telling me what she would have done instead and why what I had done was wrong. She barely knew anything about design and it showed in her “critique”.

    Once we started to actually talk about the role, it turns out the job wasn’t even as they had advertised. It was essentially to be the interviewers personal assistant! Nothing to do with a design position and there’s no way I would have been able to put up with her every day. Dodged a bullet on that one!

    • Kitty

      You can tell from her disorganization that she obviously needed an assistant.

      • denim

        I wonder why no one would take that job. Hmmm…

  • Ellendra Nauriel

    I went to what I thought was an interview for a receptionist job at a clinic.

    As I was waiting for my interview, other people kept showing up who had interviews in the same time slot. By the time the interview was scheduled to start, there were about 20 people there. The clinic owner then turned the sign on the door to “closed”, stood in front of the waiting room, and started giving a sales pitch.

    It turned out to be the shadier kind of “alternative therapy” clinic.
    (I know there are legitimate alternative therapies out there. This was
    not one of them.) He spent the entire hour extolling the benefits of his new therapy that could supposedly cure everything from cancer to hangnails. When he finally slowed down enough for someone to interrupt him and ask about the job opening, he said that if any of us had trouble paying for the therapy, he was willing to let them work in exchange for free treatments.

    I honestly tried to walk out at that point, but there were 20 of us crammed into a waiting room the size of a closet, and I was in the back corner. I couldn’t get out! I had to sit there and listen to his spiel until he decided to give everyone a chance to sign up for the mailing list. When half of the group were lining up at the desk, the other half and I made a break for the door.

  • Spree

    I was interviewing for a position in a private practice as an admin assistant. The only Doctor there performed the “interview.”
    The entire meeting consisted of him simply informing me that eventually he wanted me to replace his office manager (who was also family of his soon to be ex wife) and then he asked me my age.
    We did not discuss any prior experience or training, which I had none for medical. He hired me on the spot.

    I took the job because I really just needed work, but it didn’t last very long. No paid time off (sick, holidays, or vacation… and I couldn’t work when the Doc decided to go on vacation, thus closing the office), no healthcare benefits, no direct deposit… and when he did fire the manager I had zero training in medical coding and insurance billing, but was expected to handle all of that, on an outdated system with several errors, no less, because he didn’t want to pay for the use of it.

  • Jessica Wailes

    I was the interviewer in this situation:

    I was the manager on duty of a hotel (won’t say which out of habit, but I’ve worked at a few). I was doing a series of interviews for the over night auditor position when this gem came in.

    Gentleman in his early-to-mid 30s. I’d recieved resume earlier that week, and was pleased to note that he had hotel experience and was interested in the full time (5 day a week) night auditor position we were hiring for. The interview started normally, and progressed along normal lines until we got to the portion where I asked if he had any questions.

    His first question? What would his schedule be, because he could only work on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I was a bit non-plussed, because we’d been conducting the interview, and discussing the responsibilites of, a full time auditor.

    His second question: Was this hotel a [competitor brand] hotel. Mind you, he came in, past the sign out front, through the door with our branding on it, spoke with the front desk agent who stood in front of a large sign of our brand, and had filled out an application with our brand information on it. Additionally, we’d talked about the brand differences and how our brand used proprietary software for our guest tracking and how long it would take it him to learn it.

    His third question: did we do drug tests?

    I ended the interview congenially, and did not invite him for a follow-up interview with my boss, the general manager.

  • Elle Wayne

    Not an interview per se, but when I started looking for modeling work, I knew the usual scams and pitfalls and felt pretty confident that I could spot them from a mile away. This one tricked me for a while and we were setting up dates for shoots, talking payment, everything. Guy seemed professional and above-board. Then suddenly, he sent me a message describing the first shoot and it was not only something that Disqus would censor if I just mention it, but he was only offering $100 for an hour-long shoot that involved questionable activity. I politely declined, and he responded, “I thought you were looking for work?!” Yeah…modeling. Not…that.

    • Kitty

      Yeah, looking for work. Not STDs or… OTHER questionable diseases.

  • Oldmanmike

    I turned in an application at a gas station. The guy looked at it, asked if I could work graveyard, and asked if I could start tonight. When I said yes he told me to be back at 9:00. That was the entire interview. He gave me a 5 minute explanation of how to use the register, and showed me the mop closet. My shift should have been over at 5, he showed up at 6:30, reeking of booze and obviously still drunk. Asked if I had cleaned the restroom, didn’t wait for a reply, and went to puke his guts out for a full 15 minutes. I told him I quit, to mail me my paycheck.

  • Rebekah Matthews

    My worst “interview” was my first job at Tim Hortons (a coffee shop) when I was 15.
    I showed up to my interview and went up to the front counter to tell them I was there. They told me just to wait by the wall until the manger was ready. Since the store was pretty small there was no seating available. The manager came out a few minutes later and greeted me friendly enough. We went into the back and the manger led me to a small table in the back in a squished corner and gave me a huge stack of forms and sheets. She also handed me a large book and told me to start filing out all the forms and to use the book as reference. I did this for two hours until she finally came back and told me I could finish the paperwork tomorrow. So that’s when I finally asked “I’m sorry, do I have the job?” and she told me I did, and all that paperwork I was filling out was actually the first step in my training.
    I never got fully trained with that job and they never had me watch the “mandatory” training videos, instead they basically just threw me right in and started me on the floor the next day. I didn’t even finished that paperwork until a few weeks later when they called me in the office and had me stand next to them while she touched on each topics very generally, skipped over most of details, and had me sign each page to prove that I had been “trained”. The whole process was very strange and pretty unprofessional.

  • Shailyn O’Neill

    Showed up early, was sent to the wrong place, waited two hours from when my interview was supposed to start, then I went home. Never heard from them again

  • Sal Darigo Jr.

    Not quite an interview story, but a story about what happened after a job interview. After graduating from law school, I interviewed with a financial services firm. The interview went well, but wasn’t remarkable either way.

    The crazy part was when I received an envelope in the mail from the firm a few weeks later. Inside was a small stack of business cards from the manager who interviewed me and a rejection letter that ended with, “Even though we cannot invite you to become a member of the XXXX family, we hope that you will refer your clients and friends to us.”

    I took great pleasure in torching the letter and each individual business card.

    • TheLastHonestLawyer

      I would have given them to homeless people. Tie up their phones.

  • Wilhelm Wrobel

    My ‘interview’ was when I was fresh out of school and searching for a job. It was a lucky coincidence when I read that a local bike vendor – where I had already done some summer jobs and an internship – was hiring.
    So I send them my CV pointing out that I’ve already worked there for some summers. I was called back the next day and told that they want to do an interview next Saturday.
    I show up Saturday, go into the bosses office and he straight out leads me to their workshop. There I find two other boys sorting screws and doing some chores.
    By now I’m a bit flabbergasted but keep thinking he just wants to give me a tour but then he asks me if I mind getting a bit dirty (I wore interview clothes. Yeah, I did mind).
    He then explained to me that he didn’t “believe in interviews” and that he wants the applicants to work for some time to see if they are fit for the job. By now it dawned on me that the two boys sorting screws were applicants, too, so I answer that, while I’ve already worked there for some months I wouldn’t mind working an hour or two if they lend me work clothes. “An hour or two? Boy, we’re talking about two weeks here.” I actually laughed in his face, shook his hand and went out the door.
    Best part was that when I came home my Dad asked me how it went and I told him I walked out. He was so furious he didn’t even listen to the whole story, dragged me to his car, drove back there and dragged me in the shop to arrange a second interview. Then the boss gave him the same spiel of me working two weeks there for free doing the dirty work. He, too, started laughing at the boss, shook his hand and walked out, all why the two applicants started to look more and more like they’ve made a big mistake.

    • Wilhelm Wrobel

      After writing this yesterday I became curious what happened to the company ’till now, so I googled.
      Turns out they closed down because the boss is in jail now. Apparently he staged a break in at the bike shop to get some insurance money and forgot that he had video surveillance. Wow, I really dodged a bullet there.

  • MeowCat740

    This is not an interview per se, but the closest story I have to contribute. I was looking for a summer co-op job as I am in a co-op program at university. All communication with an employer is suppose to go though the university co-op office and the co-op website. For example, when I have an interview or job offer get emails from the university informing me about it. I applied for tech jobs as that is the field I am studying.
    I got a phone interview with a company I sent my resume to a couple days after I applied. During the interview they said they were going to do a second interview at their office since they wanted to meet candidates face to face. They said that this was there first time working with the university and they hadn’t been able to figure out how to book an office interview in the first place. I got the second interview and it when well. At the end of the second interview the HR person that interviewed me asked some things about if she contacts me with a job offer or goes through the university and I tell her there should be a way to do it through the university. She tells me that I will be contacted the next day about if I get the job or not. Three days later I am told I have the job. A couple weeks after that I am contacted again and told I need to fill out some forms for a security check. I do so and send them in within a couple days. Now, here is the good part: SIX WEEKS LATER I am told by the university co-op office (not the employer themselves) that I failed the security check and that the employer retracted the job offer. I am told that sometimes this happens and that all I can do is look for another job. I am never contacted by the employer again.
    Other good part: when I was informed of this I was in the last week of my courses finishing five end-of-term assignments and the next two weeks after that I would be studying for and writing exams. After exams I was expect to start my co-op job. So I had very little time to look for something else because they took so long to read the bloody paperwork and get back to me.

  • Kat

    I had a recruiter tell me openly in an interview that the job she’d brought me in for was open because they fired two people for not answering their emails on a Saturday night. A. Saturday. Night. I work in publicity. The company managed entertainment accounts. NOTHING that warranted a response on a Saturday night when they already had people working 8-7 during the week. I politely declined the job.

  • zeniawulfe

    The interview was alright, but then the guy called me to say I didn’t get the job… because it was between me and another candidate and to choose, he flipped a coin and I lost.

  • Teresa

    This was not me interviewing, I was the interviewer. I was a CSM at WalFart and was asked to conduct a few interviews. First guy was great; answered all questions professionally, was well-spoken and dressed appropriately. Second interview was a girl. She had regular street clothes on, which okay it’s WalFart but as the old saying goes “dress for the job you want”. It was very apparent to begin with that she was not all there mentally and seemed to be high or something. She didn’t really answer any questions I asked, just gave vague answers. So when I went to my manager to tell him that there’s no way I’d want to work with this girl (she had interviewed to be a cashier) and she seemed like she was on drugs and was not professional in any way, I was told to “score her higher so she can get a second interview anyway”……………??????? What. Ridiculous. Why even bother interviewing if you’re not going to consider the opinion of the interviewer??

    • Covertwalrus

      “Dress for the job you want”
      Sure, but I attend and interview in a white coat, gas mask and sterility gear, and see what happens . . . πŸ˜€

    • EffityJeffity

      So, you would have expected her to find a walmart uniform somewhere, then attend the interview in that?

      • Teresa

        No I would’ve expected her to wear a nice shirt and slacks or nice pants that would’ve been appropriate for an interview. I have never gone to an interview dressed in street clothes. First impressions are everything.

  • Teresa

    Second story, I was the interviewee. I had a phone interview with Best Buy as I was trying to get a second job at the time. I was working full time days, sat-wed. So when I applied I stated that I was available evenings mon-wed and all day Thursday and Friday. But I wanted to keep my weekend evenings for myself. When the interviewer called, we got along just fine and got into it. Then she asked me when I would be available (even though I had to fill that out on the application) so I told her and her reply, very snottily was “how can you expect to work retail if you won’t work weekends??!?!” I immediately thanked her for her time and hung up. I already had a full time job and I know many companies will work with you as a part time employee around your full time schedule. Apparently Best Buy is not one of them.

    • Back in university, I was filling out applications around town to try to find a part-time job to help pay for rent and tuition. I got a call back from a computer store chain location about my application, and at some point in the conversation availability came up. The manager on the phone mentioned that they required every employee to take turns working on Sunday (this was in Utah, where a large portion of the population would prefer not to work on Sunday for religious reasons), and while I understood that this anyone from feeling singled out to cover everyone else’s Sundays off, I replied that I didn’t have a car and the public bus system didn’t run on Sundays (at that time). The manager explained that I’d just have to get a car then, and I replied that I wouldn’t be able to work that job.

      • denim

        “I can’t afford to pay to work for you. Good day.”

  • Kittens McTavish

    During one of my first interviews for an office job after graduating from business school, the interviewer said, “I suppose you’ll want Christmas day off?”

    Second worst: Two girls barely out of college interviewed me and as we talked, they kept exchanging glances and seemed to be getting quite excited. Finally, in hushed voices (it was a very small building and the boss’s office was 40 feet away), they explained they were desperate for help because the boss had the two of them doing the work of at least five people, but she was too cheap to hire more than three, and people kept leaving because the pay was low and, while she promised benefits to new hires, those benefits never materialized. Further, the boss had instructed them not to even consider anyone who had a southern accent, because she wanted to sound “professional” to callers, nor anyone who was not white. (The employer published a magazine for jazz enthusiasts.)

  • Kimbra

    Reading these stories makes me so thankful! My worst was a phone interview for a retail position, the lady on the phone was happy with my online application and professional phone manner, but started asking questions about my appearance… no visible tattoos, yes I have piercings but I am more than happy to remove them for work, they won’t grow over, but I had to mention I had dyed ref hair, definitely very unnatural colour but I always kept it well maintained, and she ended the interview there when I said I wouldn’t dye it to a natural shade. I mean, that’s their prerogative, bright red hair isn’t for everyone, but in Australia it is illegal to discriminate on appearance and she really shouldn’t have told me that’s why she was terminating the interview or I could have taken my complaint higher. I ended up with a much better job and a boss who complains my now blonde hair is too boring πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Ros

    Interviewer: Do you have a sense of humour?

    Me: Yes.

    Interviewer: Tell us a joke.

    Me: *stunned silence*

    For the record, I was not interviewing for a job as a stand up comedian.

    • Hodge Elmwood

      “Tell us a joke.”
      “This interview….”

  • Codenwarra

    LOST!
    I applied for a job with a parcel delivery firm in what was then an outer south eastern suburb of Brisbane, Australia. NOTE. This was long before GPS existed. The address was something like 85 XYZ Street and I found that the eastern end of XYZ Street was at the limit of maps in the book I had. Worse, the street numbers only went up to about 46 and the street ended at a railway line. I drove up and down the street a few times wondering what the dickens was wrong and finally saw a woman walking into her front door.

    I got out of the car and knocked at the door. I asked where number 85 could be. The street re-started on the other side of the railway. I found a railway crossing some distance away and navigating by guess and by gosh found the firm about 20 minutes late for the interview.

    But I was interviewed anyway. The man doing the interview seemed to be the only person on the site and did not seem to mind me being late. I mentioned the fact that the address was not on the map and he said,

    “Oh, we have had a bit of trouble with that”.

    I didn’t get the job.

  • OldLady WithAttitude

    Application for an education position with a religious institution (not teaching but managing parts of the education system):

    I sent in an application, resume, cover letter. I get a reply and set up an interview for 2 weeks later. Interview goes well, director mentions she’s heard great things about me from 2 people who were not listed as references plus good responses from the references. She just needs me to complete an assessment, come back in 2 weeks to discuss the results and placement.

    The assessment is lengthy and takes about 2 hours. I hand it to her, she thanks me and suggests a date and time for the next interview. I agree and leave.

    I arrive for the second interview, go to the security desk to sign in – and they announce that the director no longer works there. I ask if someone else is handling her interviews and they say no. Is there someone in that department I can talk to? Also no.

    About a month later I get a call from the new person in the department. They are still looking to fill this position and they need someone to start in 6 weeks. Can I come for a new interview? I come and meet the new person. They start off by telling me that the person who left is the only one who could score the assessment so they can’t use it. Then they say they will be having a different assessment test for me to take but it won’t be ready for another 2 weeks. They want me to come back then, take the test, come back 2 weeks after that to discuss the results and then they will tell me the location of the job. Bear in mind it could have been anywhere in 3 different counties. The interview location was the center of a 100 mile radius circle. The job could be anywhere within the circle. I declined the second assessment.

  • Codenwarra

    Ooh, I nearly forgot this one. Some years after getting lost in south eastern Brisbane, I had obtained a chemistry degree and though I had a temporary position as a lab assistant I was looking for something more permanent.

    I was interviewed by Mr X for a technical position at an uranium mine. I already had some experience at a coal mine which although not directly relevant was at least related. At the end of the interview he said that I was over-qualified but he believed a more suitable position for me would open in several weeks. I left my phone number of course.

    This was about 10 years before mobile / cellular phones were readily available. When I got home one Friday afternoon I got the message that Mr. X had called and asked me to call him after 9 am on Monday.

    During the weekend a flash flood happened at the mining town, a car was swept off a flooded causeway and the driver drowned. He was not identified on the news.

    I called on Monday and asked for Mr. X. I heard an angry reply.

    “Is this some kind of joke?”

    I explained my end of the story. They cooled down a bit, and told me that he had died on the weekend. That was a shock.

    I heard no more of the position.

  • zoltarpanaflex

    This was in the mid 1990’s – I was contacted by an placement company about what they referred to as a “plum job” as a personal assistant to an ‘important executive’ as the last one was let go for becoming pregnant. That’s right – *becoming* pregnant.

    I went in for an interview despite this, and it just got worse from there. You have to be available all the time, your day is done when your boss calls it a day. You pay for your own pager or phone, but don’t use it for personal time because your boss likes to get through to you *right away*. The pay was not that great, about $10K less than normal but “Great chances for advancement!!!”.

    The capper was the question “Do you mind being cursed at?” Because apparently the ‘important executive’ only hired women, but viewed them as lower forms and when he was angry, he was angry at his employee, and would curse them out (I won’t put some of the quotes the interviewer actually used!!!) but you weren’t allowed to respond in kind, or be bothered to be called the A to Z of cursing.

    Can you imagine I turned that down? And the interview basically wailed WHYYYYY? I had to laugh, but the joke was on me, they refused to validate my parking and I had to pay $12 to get out of there.

    • One lesson learned: always get your parking validated first.

      • zoltarpanaflex

        They glibly said “We’ll take care of that after!!” and then refused, cheap jerks. Oh well.

  • Rick Ulrich

    I had an interview with an agency for a consulting position where I would have been a trainer for their client. The interviewer talked about a number of unethical things he wanted me to do.

    When I wouldn’t change my resume to make it a work of fiction, he literally tore up my resume and threw it in my face

  • Stephen

    I posted my tale of woe (twice), and both times it has been removed without explanation. Shame, because, although it created a feeling that I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me at the time, I can now look back at it and laugh, and get a good giggle out of those who I have told about it since.

    The really brief version was that my trousers (or pants, if you are in the US) split as I sat down 10 minutes before the interview, and all I could get to hold the tear together was paperclips, which I straightened and used as a form of metal thread to wire the gap closed.

    This was about as effective as you’d imagine, and just as comfortable whenever I sat.

    To make matters worse, I then had a 5 hour journey by bus, train and underground to get back home.

    Shame I can’t get to post the rest of it; I guess there was something in the story that the moderators didn’t like…

    • denim

      I don’t think it’s human moderators. I’m not sure what it is.

  • tangerine37

    I interviewed for an office manager position at a medical practice – note, I’m an experienced admin, but I neither want nor have clinical experience.

    The dr asked me some insurance questions, which I answered in detail, trying to impress him, right? We talked for at least half an hour.

    End of the interview, he thanks me for all the (free!!) information, but they were looking for someone who could do admin AND clinical, so thanks but no.

    Basically, he used my interview as an opportunity to get an unpaid expert consultation.

    It’s been 3 years, and I’m still pissed off.

  • Kaelyn Elysabyth Goecke

    I went to an interview where it became obvious very quickly that I was under qualified. That’s fine, I can understand that. But then he spent the next hour explaining to me over and over how I was under qualified. He also called me a few months later as he had come across my resume but didn’t remember me. I had to remind him that I didn’t have as much experience as he wanted and he spent another 30 minutes telling me again how I was under qualified.