Post # 1
I was just reading and cracking up at the stories over at this thread on worst dates ever. It got me thinking that many job interviews are like first dates: awkward, unpredictable and sometimes just plain bad.
I thought we could share some stories of the crazy/funny/strange interview experiences we´ve had while job hunting.
Post # 3
I have never been turned down from a job, but after this interview I was CERTAIN this was it, this was going to be my first rejection ever..
I was applying for a very competitive internship with a major accounting firm. They took all candidates out to dinner the evening before (there were about 30 of us and only 2 positions available)…I was assigned a mentor (a current employee of the firm) who would take me to my interviews the next morning. Well, that next morning while I was in the conference room waiting to be called in for one of my scheduled interviews (amongst all my peers and their mentors), we were all making small talk.
Somehow we were talking about silly things that happened to us at one point or another (probably just to help ease our nerves)…I decided to tell a story of how I was pulled over by a cop one time for driving too slow. Only I said “There was this one time where I was pulled over by a cock, I mean cop”….holy F…did I just say that?!
Not to mention this was before I even interviewed with anyone yet…I go home totally crushed only to find out my fly was open the ENTIRE DAY. In fact, the zipper was broken this whole time- damn my new suit!!!
Surprisingly, I was 1 of the 2 who received an offer…guess the “cock” isn’t that bad after all…(but than again my mentor was male)…
Post # 4
– A few years ago I had an interview with a magazine. As part of the process, they made me complete 4 crossword puzzles in an hour while sitting in their office. I was disqualified because I missed one answer (out of 4 puzzles) because I know nothing about wrestling weight categories. Because clearly I´m going to be wrestling everyday at a London magazine office…
– One summer in high school I decided to get a retail job at the mall and had a series of weird interviews. One was for a famous toy store run by the House of Mouse. The group interview was led by the most frighteningly chipper girls ever (I think they must have been on uppers) who insisted that the whole store was a stage and that we were the performers. Another interview was at a hat store that blatantly told me they´d only hire me so I´d lure men into the store with my looks and sucker them into buying expensive baseball caps. I ended up selling overpriced baby clothes for a popular chain instead.
– On the other end of the interview table, I once had to interview every Elvis impersonator in the Tri-state area for a comedy club. Lots and lots of diva-like serenades over the phone. I never wanted to hear ¨Heartbreak Hotel¨ ever again. The only Elvis left off the list was the club owner´s brother with whom he was feuding. Awkward…
– Not an interview, but one of the strangest assignments I ever had was finding a 1960s door knob working for a TV producer who was a little too obsessed with authenticity. Door knobs in the 1960s were no different than now…
Post # 5
@Dell79: Eek! I can´t believe no one told you about your fly. You must have been a rock star to beat out 28 other people after all that.
Post # 6
While at a pre-interview reception the night before my interview on campus, I went up to meet my interviewer. I had recently studied abroad and since travel is usually an easy conversation, I brought it up. Within seconds, the interviewer said with a straight face “Wow. I would never do that. I hate traveling. Its a waste of time.” I was so shocked, I didn’t really say anything else and the interview the next day was super awkward. Got a second interview though! 🙂