(Closed) have you ever messed up in a job interview, what

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hmm, well I wouldn’t say this is quite my fault, but it still did make for awkward conversation.

I walk in and they say, “Well, I guess we don’t have to ask YOU why you want to be in California!”  They are California based company with an East Coast office.  I bet the person prior to me (back to back in school screening interviews) had no Cali connections.  I had lived there 4 years + 4 years on break during college, however….I had specifically selected the East Coast office (where I’d lived for the past few years) when I’d applied through the online system.  So my resume has work experience in both places, but apparently they didn’t check to see which office I had selected.  So I told them, “Actually, I was hoping to interview for the East Coast office.”

“Well, can we persuade you to consider the Cali office?”  I guess so, it depends on what you are offering me…but it’d need to be a lot and well, salaries at my level are pretty well standard.

After a number of questions they asked me what I wanted to do.  I said a particular type of law.  Now, being a smart cookie, of course I researched the company (you interview with 20-30 over a 5 day period) so I knew they had it, even though they weren’t one of the 5 big names in it in my city.  And I didn’t mix up companies but…

Silence

Then, they explain, well, their website does indeed say they practice it – but it’s actually more a marketing tool, and they don’t really have a practice in it, they are trying to build it up.  They admit they shouldn’t have it listed as an active practice.

So now I’m interviewing for the wrong office with no practice group I’m interested in.  I should have thanked them and walked out then, but we all gamely stuck it out the next 5-10 minutes even though we now knew neither of us was interested.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

wow that really sucks.  Smart on you for doing your homework and it’s probably best to not work for a company who lies on their website.  I bet it all works out in the end! 

I just had an interview yesterday – it ended up being way more technical than I expected so hope I did okay. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had an interview on my worst day of work ever at the job I held at the time. I was totally frazzled but I went to the interview anyway. Towards the end of the interview the guy mentioned that part of the reason he chose to interview me was because of my GPA on my resume and that he always likes to ask people who did well in school how they did it. I thought this question was smug and dumb and normally I would have made some nonsense up. Instead I said “I don’t know, I’m smart”… did not get that job haha.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve had so many horrid interviews.

One of the worst was when I had these two woman “interview” me.  They sat down and begn to read my resume out loud.  When they get to languages they were like “Czech and Slovak, isn’t that like the same?” Turns to the other woman and says, “We don’t need that do we?” Continue reading.  I’m completly dumbfounded, and have no idea why they invited me for an interview.  Needless to say I did not get it.

I really bomb interviews like it’s my job.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did an interview and they were asking about my personality, and I told them I like to plan parties. I have NO idea where that came from! I was horrified and tried to correct it, but obviously it didn’t work, as I didn’t get a call back!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A few years ago I interviewed with a large state university.  The job was in my field, paid very well, and on paper seemed like a good fit.  Enter the actual interview.  First I got stuck in traffic and was late.  Not good.  While I’m sitting with the panel getting to know them, and vice versa I learn that the job is actually much larger than I was anticipating.  I had planned events for up to around 1,500 people…but as it turns out they want events for 20,000 people or more.  What I should’ve done was politely ended the interview as to not waste their time or mine.  But we all went along with it.  I went on various tours of the university.  We got back to the main office hours later and I overheard the boss say, we won’t be doing the final interview, you can end it now.  Nice! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Once I applied for working at a University as an office assistant & 7 people did a group interview with me. I don’t mean 7 other people were applying, I mean I was interviewed by 7 people all at once! It freaked me out & my voice got dry because they were all just staring at me, I was in shock & on non-drowsy meds (that made my head feel all swirly), they kept taking turns asking me questions. They asked me “what do you want in a boss”, & I started off good, I said a boss I am comfortable with going to if I had any questions or suggestions & a boss I felt comfortable calling in sick when I’m sick & sound sick & loose my voice & can’t talk”. Once I said that I tried to fix it by saying I never call in sick, maybe twice in the past 3 years & other stuff, but only made it worse & knew I wasn’t getting the job. I’ve taken off maybe 7 sick days in 12+ years. I only won’t go in if I’m really sick like with food poisoning or if I’m really contageous & have to get meds from the doctor.

Day of the interview, I was just getting over being sick & last week had lost my voice so I could barely talk & I had to call in to work sick (I was one of the receptionists) the week before & I had just gotten my voice back but had just taken non-drowsy cough & cold medicine. I think I forgot I was in an interview. I may have even said I was sick & just taken cough medicine but I really don’t remember if I said that out loud or what.

🙁

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I went on an interview where two of the three people interviewing me tore down and challenged everything I said.  I think this is a style of interviewing, but I didn’t think people actually did it.  I absolutely bombed an interview last January because I wasn’t prepared for some really in depth questions I was asked and I was so thirsty I could barely talk hehe.

ETA: My aunt went on an interview for a secretarial position where they asked her to pretend to be a lion.  She walked out.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I feel like a lot of these mess ups are when the interviewers ask really random questions… Like some of the PPs have said.

I got a degree in history and had been hoping for a job in the museum field. But unfortunately I graduated right after the economy crashed and museums were shutting down left and right. I was applying for anything and everything. One particular job was an admin position at a non-profit. Not totally my field, but deff something I was interested in.

The woman interviewing me said “I noticed you have a degree in history, why are you applying for this job?”

I did a lot of BSing about wanting to be involved in a non-profit and wanting to help other people/businesses bla bla bla.

She looked at me and said, “Why don’t you just become a teacher or something?”

WTF?? I didn’t really know what to say to that so I kinda stared at her for a while and tried to gather my thoughts. I eventually blurted something dumb out about not liking kids or something, I don’t remember exactly… but it was bad.

I am still baffled by that question.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was once asked in an interview “what would you do for me – to get this jobl)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

During business school, I applied for an administrative assistant job. The job ad was really vague, so I didn’t really know what type of business it was. Got to the interview and the first question asked was “why do you want to do accounting” I assumed she was reading off somebody’s else’s resume, because I am a human resource resume. So i answered “um, I don’t”

Turns out the business was a private accounting office and needed a someone to help with basically book keeping, bank recs, etc. Somehow I still got the job. Oh, and I was 15 minutes late for the interview. lol…

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@canthugallcats: Oh no!  I hate interviewing when I don’t feel well.  It’s like being in a fog even if you’re not that sick.  I did a 5 on one once.  I did fine, but I thought, why have me do it?  It didn’t endear me to the company. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@EleanorRigby: OMG I literally just laughed outloud in my office – a lion?!?

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@retreadbride: Oh wow.  What did you say?  I’d never think to say this on the spot, but maybe simply, “I’m sorry, I’m afraid I am not sure I understand what you mean.  Can you rephrase the question?”  S/he can’t very well say what s/he means and keep the interview in the legal questions territory, but on the other hand, pointing that out isn’t going to get you a job.  (One the third hand, perhaps you don’t want that job now….)

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