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).


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

I applied for a job with 30 essential criteria. Only 1 criteria I didn't meet but it was a skill I could easily learn, a piece of software I said I could use but haven't and which seemed like a small part of the job. Guess what they tested me on. I'm so embarrassed, I'm not picking up my phone. And that'll learn me!

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


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!

animalmagic84 Mon 27-Jan-14 20:21:10

A friend of mine went for an interview at a well known large company. They asked at the end "do you have any questions for us?"

Now the question she was meant to ask was "do you find there are any elements of nepotism at XXXX?"

What she actually asked was "do you find there are any elements of necrophilia at XXXX?"

Amazingly, she still got the job!

GwenStacy Mon 27-Jan-14 12:56:48

I had an interview in a record shop and was asked what my favourite album was. I answered, and the interviewer asked what my least favourite album by this band was. I answered and then elaborated on how I hated the production on it, that I thought it was really over produced and that I tended to listen to live versions of the tracks instead.

At the end of the interview he revealed he was a producer on the second album :-(

stinkingbishop Mon 27-Jan-14 12:03:54

DP interviewed for the JET scheme (teaching in Japan) at Uni.

Q - what books would you recommend to Japanese students to get a feel for modern Britain?
A - er...A Year In Provence? Oh and Dickens. Definitely Dickens.

Needless to say, he didn't partake in the JET scheme.

Humpyrumpy Mon 27-Jan-14 11:57:57

Oh my cheeks are burning. This is recent and still raw.
Short listed for v much wanted senior role. Had stinking cold at the time and was having trouble speaking. One Weeks notice of interview and a heavy workload, not to mention the pre Xmas prep that all Mums do, meant I finished my presentation at 1.30 am the morning of the interview, and then stupidly answered my phone at 7:00 for a work related call that I had to follow up, and so had to rush my hair and make up.
Pulled safe interview suit out of cupboard, only to discover it didn't fit. I has lost weight, but not realised just how big the trousers were. Decided to wear it anyway and keep jacket on.
Struggled to speak through presentation, made worse by having to compete with trains noisily rumbling past, and struggled to make myself heard.
Finally got to interview, and was so ill and exhausted that I just couldn't say anything coherent or sensible, so waffled on like I had a death wish. The cues from the panel told me I wasn't giving the answers they wanted, but still I carried on waffling, looking and feeling like death warmed up and attired like a sack of spuds.
And no I didn't get the job.

QueenTea33 Mon 27-Jan-14 09:58:49

I went for a job in a shop when I was about 18. The interview went pretty well, but they had lost my application form and asked if I would fill another one in. I agreed and the boss put me in the staff room because she had other people to interview. The staff room was tiny, it only had a table and chairs and staff lockers in it.

Anyway, I was filling it in and one of the staff members came in for something, but on her way out, she locked the door.

I didn't realise until I finished the form and went to open the door. I'm claustrophobic so I ended up freaking out, banging on the door, shouting, screaming and eventually crying. I was only stuck in there for 5 minutes, but I was an absolute state when the boss opened the door. I ran passed her, legged it down the stairs and flew out of the shop for some air.

She came outside to me and calmed me down, but I felt absolutely mortified. She offered me the job, but I couldn't take it after all that. I never set foot in that shop again.

ongoingjourney Fri 20-Dec-13 03:25:54

i had the worst job interview today... for a key holder position.. everything was going well until I the interviewer asked what were my strengths and weaknesses.. mind you, i practiced this answers the whole day prior to the interview.. I got through my strengths fine, but when asked my weakness .. i was honest and said "i can be a bit emotional" .. he asked me to explain, so i did, but once i started the water works also started.. I tried so hard to hold back the tears.. we continued the interview, but I have no clue if i got it sad ..

mirry2 Sun 04-Aug-13 17:40:27

Just realised I've just responded to a post written in november 2012!

mirry2 Sun 04-Aug-13 17:38:16

Fryonefat -well done. I wish I'd doent hat on a few occasions but never had the presence of mind.

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