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Just had the worst job interview ever. Anyone else care to share?

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EggNogRules Mon 26-Nov-12 13:01:57

I am morto blush and angry at myself. I was in and out in 20 mins shock.

I am used to initiating meeting with new clients and thought I had prepared well. I was so nervous, I had to keep drinking water to stop my lips from sticking to my teeth. It was all I could think about. None of the answers I prepared were useful. I need to rewind and do over because I have better answers now (after the nick of time).

Bugger.

GeekLove Wed 19-Apr-17 09:38:05

I think the best response to anyone asking 'why should I give you a job?' is 'why should I want to work here?'

Another one was when it transpired that they were reading my CV for the first time AT THE INTERVIEW. it was for a technician's job I was going for when I was finishing off my PhD. They got to the second page with publications on it and said 'you do realise you can't do any research here?' I hadn't expected to either but they did get defensive after that.
It generally isn't a good sign when your interviewer gets embarrassed about the job they are offering you.

Wholovesorangesoda Mon 17-Apr-17 20:48:12

I've had two that make me cringe a bit. First one was when I was about 20, I had been working in a shop but wanted to get a job in an office and had got an interview. I had started early at work to be able to leave early to go to interview so I had been at work before 7am. The interview itself was OK but I was finding it hard to concentrate as to me at that time that was a ridiculously early start and I was pretty tired. Anyway, at the end she asked if I had any questions and I had done my interview research so knew asking questions was good...so I replied "yes" she replied "great! What questions do you have?" And I literally couldn't think of a single thing to say and had to just say "actually no, I think you have covered all I wanted to know". Cringe. Second one I had a couple of years ago and there were two interviews and I had been told that I would hear about the second interview on x date. About 10 days after this date I heard back from them asking me to go in the next day and the interviewer had a very strong accent I struggled to understand so had to keep asking for questions to be repeated. When he then asked if I had any questions I waffled out "no....sorry but I didn't realise I would have this interview till quite short notice and I haven't really had time to look into anything" why?!?! WHY?!? Unsurprisingly I didnt get it.
Actually I also had an interview with a horrible lady who seemed very disinterested in me and would say things like "explain to me why I should give you a job" which maybe isn't the worst question written down but coupled with her tone of voice and the look it was given with make it something completely different. Actually that job sounded awful and I said to the recruitment agency who sent me that I wasn't interested even if by some miracle they did want me for the role.
I have come to the conclusion I'm either utterly useless or pretty good at interviews. There isn't an inbetween at all!

GeekLove Wed 12-Apr-17 14:16:10

Why would anyone interview anyone in McD's unless it is ACTUALLY for a position in McDonalds?!

Sounds like a dodgy backroom operation run out of a Regus facility whenever there is enough money to do so. You dodged a bullet there.

GeekLove Wed 12-Apr-17 14:14:28

OK

There was one which was rather marginal given my speciality and I was pretty sure I was there to fill out the shortlist but there were two people interviewing me for a postdoc.
One of them asked sensible questions about how I would proceed while the other asked questions that he knew I could not answer directly - either he hadn't bothered to read my CV or had but was wilfully being a dick borne out by some of my friends who work with him that he IS in fact a dick

Another more recent one was the one in Cumbria - a 6 hour drive from where I live. Now I had already had one phone interview.
The interview was in a hotel - you needed security clearance to actually view the facility and I was in and out in 45 minutes - some of the questions were the same as in the telephone interview and there was nothing that couldn't have been done remotely.
And the feedback I got was that I was unsuccessful. No shit Sherlock!
All in all a waste of time.

PresidentSheCock Wed 12-Apr-17 13:50:50

This has given me a real laugh!
Recently had an awful interview myself for a management position .... I actually did well; especially considering the factors but the guy was just useless.

He held the interview in MacDonald's.
He didn't have my c.v on him.
Or a list of interview questions.
He kept me for 3.5 hours. Asking all the same questions over and over. Which was even worse as he'd already asked them before on a telephone interview. And a video interview.
I'd been led to believe this was just a chat to sign paperwork and the job was mine; nope. Still an open pool.

He tried to knock down the salary by five grand! He tried to state that staff who didn't work unpaid overtime and skip breaks were unmotivated and wouldn't pass probation. When he asked me for an example of my management style and previous experience , once I'd answered he said that he didn't believe in that kind of approach. When I pointed out that was probably why he was still not retaining staff or making any profit after ten years he got very affronted.

I wish I had walked out at the very beginning of the whole farce!

In the end I waited until the end of the whole charade which when I pointed out his failings and asked him to remove me from the candidate pool as I couldn't envisage myself working for somebody so unorganized.

tb Thu 23-Mar-17 11:48:28

2 come to mind, sorry no 3

First one was for a training contract with a firm of accountants in Warrington. I'd been made redundant - a breach of contract when under a training contract at the time - and the firm concerned just wanted to try and get me to badmouth my previous employer. I'd have loved to, but didn't.

Next one was with the European accounting centre of a major tyre manufacturer - now located in Romania due to EU grants (probably). I was asked about my level of French - then I just scraped into B1 and said it was "only" B1. The person concerned was nowhere near this level.

Final one was for a job with an accounting service co in SW France. I was kept waiting in the reception area for over 30 minutes without any apology and was just on the point of saying to the receptionist that the guy seeing me obviously had some sort of problem, so I'd go home and come back another day, when I was called in. I didn't get a single question about the job, or my previous experience. It must have been news to him that they had accountants in the UK, and he wanted to see what one looked like in the flesh. Didn't get the job.

Teutonic Mon 20-Mar-17 23:02:57

A good few years ago, a male interviewer asked me if my DH would mind me working night shift. I was so taken aback that I replied ' would your wife mind you working night shift?'
I'm not married, he replied.
I'm not bloody surprised with that ridiculous sexist attitude, was my reply as I stomped out.
Needless to say there was no job offer forthcoming.

Bewildered29 Fri 10-Mar-17 08:36:39

I'm hopeless at job interviews. Absolutely hopeless. I go completely blank and ramble on with weak answers. I still cringe years later at my first professional interview and how I was a sweaty nervous mess.

WeCouldBeMenWithVen Tue 21-Feb-17 18:36:28

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25bottles Tue 07-Feb-17 01:59:16

I have a interview tomorrow. I'm very nervous. This thread is funny even if it is old. ZOMBIE THREAD

GourmetGold Fri 12-Jun-15 16:55:29

This thread has really cheered me up after just quitting my job due to bullying boss.

This wasn't a bad interview, but I was just totally unsuitable and laugh now at the guts I had applying.
I was 20 years old and wanted to earn some money to go 'inter railing' around Europe with a friend. I bought a copy of 'The Lady' magazine and saw an advert for a temporary cook/housekeeper. I called and the woman invited me for an interview at her flat in Sloane Square.
She turned out to be a real 'Lady somebody or other' who wanted someone for her house at her estate in Wales.
I was a vegetarian who wouldn't even touch meat and had hardly done any cooking and still lived with my parents! I was agreeing that I could cook all types of meals, especially meat! She told me that the Queen and Prince Philip often flew in for lunch by helicopter and would I be okay cooking for them too?! I said "yes"!!!!!

Lord knows what I was thinking!..wish I had that confidence now. Luckily I did not get the job!!!

Another time I had signed up with a recruitment agency and they sent me for an interview for a secretarial job at quite a posh organisation on the same road as The Ritz hotel in London...might have been English Heritage.
It was the mid 90s and I don't know why, but I thought a bright, multi colored tartan min skirt, sparkly top with my hair tied in bunches with gold bobble hair bands would be suitable!! (think Spice Girls!) they were very polite to me, the agency phoned me afterwards and were absolutely furious! I think they thought I'd done it as a joke...I was just a very naive and unworldly back then.

A year later I had an interview for an permanent admin job.
I'd started wearing very heavy eye make up, ridiculous amounts of eyeliner, I just didn't realise how awful it looked!
The 2 men who interviewed me were asking a lot of daft questions and seemed to be laughing at me...really uncomfortable.
I knew I wouldn't get the job and received a letter saying I hadn't been successful...addressed to 'Miss Divine' instead of my real surname. I was so mortified!! It's kind of funny, but I think it was pretty mean of them.

Chanandlerbong9 Sun 10-May-15 21:19:51

I had the worst interview experience ever a few months ago. Was having the worst possible day. I was tired and hungry and sleep deprived. Because of which during the interview I was unable to process anything she asked me. And to top it all my phone rang. During the interview! My confidence level hit rock bottom. I felt so giddy that I had to go out to get some air. My interview resumed after that, with another interviewer. And I was so angry and pissed at myself that I broke down crying during the interview. Though he was polite enough to offer some water and continue the interview, I had totally given up on myself and couldn't answer any further questions. Naturally, I didn't get the job. But That was the most horrific experience of my life. I still can't get over the pitiful look on his face as soon as I broke down crying. God I hope this never happens to anyone ever!

ManicPixieDream Thu 26-Mar-15 21:04:06

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kagoolhandluke Thu 26-Mar-15 20:50:59

They were meant to call me today to deliver the outcome. I've heard nothing. I think I was so appalling that they have left me to come to my own conclusion

kagoolhandluke Thu 26-Mar-15 20:39:12

Had an absolute car crash of an interview yesterday. It was an interview for a very similar role to one that I have been doing for 4 years now. Once in the interview room I sounded like I'd had a full frontal lobotomy: my mind went completely blank and I spouted vague inanities to the most basic of questions.

The best bit though:Interviewer: 'Do you use a keyboard?'
Me: Yes, I'm not a touch typist though, I'm a two fingered girl.' shock
Oh Lordy...I wanted to punch myself in the face.

sportinguista Sun 01-Mar-15 17:55:28

I am embarking on the job hunt now so kind of dread what could go wrong!

Some of the stories pmsl especially poo in pocket.

Only got one from years ago. I Went for a position in a firm just outside major city where I live. All was going well a director was interviewer, then he started putting his arm around me. Well I ended the interview as quickly as possible. He called to offer job, I did not take it. Ugh!

Was late for the interview for my last job that I was in for 10 years...

HollyJollyDillydolly Sat 28-Feb-15 23:59:42

I cried in my most recent interview blush
I had to explain a gap in my employment history and got teary talking about a bereavement. I got offered the job but I think they just felt sorry for me!

Dodagank Tue 17-Feb-15 06:52:05

My first ever job interview at a law firm when I was 17. Interview was fairly informal and we ended up chatting about the local nightlife.. as you do in interviews!? Anyway, interview over and as I left the building it was tipping it down with rain and I somehow tripped over my own feet and landed knee first in a muddy puddle. It was at this moment when the interviewer suddenly appeared and offered me a lift home in his MR2. Cringe!! Oh and I did get the job!
Most recently I applied for a job in my son's school. I was horribly unprepared as I'd been on holiday abroad for two weeks and I'd got the news of the interview the day I'd landed - my interview was the next day! I turned up exhausted, my eyes couldn't focus on the practical test I was given and I actually asked what the job entailed!!! Needless to say I didn't get the job. And now I cringe every day on the school run as I see one of the interviewers in the playground every day without fail.

SorchaN Fri 06-Feb-15 15:52:33

I had an interview many years ago for a role I really wanted in an organisation I'd been involved with and really wanted to work for. It was a two-day interview with lots of different parts and I was really excited.

From the moment I arrived it was awful. Every task was unprofessional in one way or another, and the interviewers were profoundly sexist. On the second day another interviewer arrived at the venue: this man had the final say in who went through to the next stage. We recognised each other immediately: in a completely different organisation he had sexually harassed one of my colleagues and I had been involved in reporting him.

Obviously I didn't get the job. Lucky escape!

januaryblues11 Fri 09-Jan-15 11:04:11

I was once stricken with an upset tummy during an interview. I still don't know if it was nerves or a bug. I had to excuse myself, mid interview, to go to the toilet which was literally next door to the interview room, where I proceeded to have terrible diarrhoea, which was heard and smelt by pretty much the entire store I was interviewing at, let alone the interviewer. I ran straight out after. didn't bother to continue the interview. Mortifying!

januaryblues11 Fri 09-Jan-15 11:01:46

I was once stricken with an upset tummy during an interview. I still don't know if it was nerves or a bug. I had to excuse myself, mid interview, to go to the toilet which was literally next door to the interview room, where I proceeded to have terrible diarrhoea, which was heard and smelt by pretty much the entire store I was interviewing at, let alone the interviewer. I ran straight out after. didn't bother to continue the interview. Mortifying!

AesopsMables Sat 03-Jan-15 23:59:33

At the risk of being 'outed' I just have to add this one...

I was interviewing for a sales manager position. After a long day of asking the same questions and listening to answers etc it was time for the final candidate and I was looking forward to finishing up and heading home to open a well earned bottle of vino

In walks a man whom I can only describe as a cross between David Brent and Dell Boy. He had a thick gold chain round his neck and a diamond stud earring in addition to sporting a number of rings on his fingers including 3. Yes 3 gold sovereign ones.

What really bothered me though was that he was chewing gum. Not in a subtle way but clacking his jaw and airing his tonsils whilst doing so. I shook his hand (it was heavy with the rings on) and invited him to take a seat. I duly handed him my business card and made small talk for about a minute whilst he continuously and furiously chewed away. After another few seconds of this I could not take it any longer and kindly pointed out that he may find it useful to dispose of his gum before we continued.

He then very slowly...Took the gum from his gob and picked up my business card to attach said gum and fold over before putting it in the bin!

His name was NOT on the list for 2nd interviews angry

HopesDaddy Fri 26-Sep-14 12:43:41

This thread doesn't deserve to die.... I have just interviewed for a maternity cover post and the response to the advert was to say the least thin.

First gentleman I interviewed looked like he had just escaped from Broadmoor. I know that looks can be deceiving and he could have been a genius so ran with it. So I put aside the 20 year old suit and the clearly very poor shave he had and the lack of knowledge, expertise and the fact he hadn't been in paid employment for 10 years and proceeded to introduce him to the rather pretty, heavily pregnant employee due to leave...

At this stage he decided to tuck his shirt in.. and proceeded to linger with his hand in the 'tucking' position in his trousers. I think you know what I mean. I was like shock hmm

Ushered gentleman out of the office and returned to pregnant employee who promptly burst into tears and banned me from employing him. (at this stage was thinking I'd prefer to do the job myself and just work very very long hours).

Also on this guy's CV there was a personal achievements section where he listed he once sung for a very famous gentleman who writes musicals. His brother is Julian I think. This kind of thing is like a red rag to a bull for me but when I questioned him on it, it turned out this happened when he was 8 year's old. I mean you're a grown man for goodness sake why put this on you CV!?

Marcelinewhyareyousomean Wed 09-Jul-14 13:49:01

Good luck.

I was the OP. I've just passed my probation and I love my job.

LaceyLitch Fri 04-Jul-14 22:18:44

Had the worst interview of my life today so google searched to read other peoples stories and have been laughing at this for hours.

So I am entering into a new industry - I have a lot of transferable skills but no obviously no first hand experience of what the job really entails in depth.

Interviewer was 30 mins late with no explanation or apology, I would have probably left at this point as I was already not getting a good 'vibe' from the office IYKWIM, but as a recruiter set it up for me I didn't want to give her a bad rep or for her to stop helping me.

Anyway it was a 2 person interview with 2 blokes who seem pissed off that I was there taking up their time. One was sighing rolling his eyes, looking round the room in boredom. They kept asking me really obtuse questions and when I took more than 2 secs to answer would repeat it aggressively and then when I did reply would cut me off or talk over me. Basically mocked my previous experience and made me feel totally stupid.

I am usually a confident, thick skinned person but I just lost it and started crying, that sort of crying that you can't stop no matter how much you want to, tears keep coming out. Excused myself and left and cried on the tube all the way home!

It has made it much easier to get over knowing that stuffing up one interview isn't the be all end all.

When I spoke to my recruiter later she told me to fuck them off and forget about it as I have been asked back for a 3rd interview with the company I really want to work for! Here's hoping it goes well!

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