(Closed) What is the worst interview you have been on?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

OH OH OH PICK ME

I went on an interview once where we kept hearing noises and talking down the hall from where the interview room was. The owner of the company got up from the interview, looked out the doorway and started SCREAMING down the hall that the noisemaker (her husband) needed to “SHUT THE HELL UP. WE’RE TRYING TO DO AN INTERVIEW.”

I got a job offer from that company but didn’t accept it because of that instance…even though the pay was nice.

In my first job, the owner of the company told me “there are probably more than a few people who really hate working here and have bad attitudes.” UH, WHAT? 

Those are the two that come to mind… 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

@roxy821: The worst interview I had was just on Thursday with our Council.  I was interviewed by a panel of three people (this was expected) and not one of them cracked a smile.  I swear if they asked me to stand up, blind folded me and then raised their rifles I would have been less surprised.  I felt like a huge inconvinience.  I was asked standard questions such as “What computer packages have you used and can you give examples of how you used them”  Examples…seriously.  I think being a little more friendly wouldn’t have killed them and some more interaction from them when I answered their questions.  Every time I answered they stared at me (without blinking) for 5 seconds and then fired off the next question. 

I ran for my life on the way out!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I don’t know why but I was once asked the question “tell me about a mistake that you made, since we all make mistakes everyday” – I don’t know why, but I just didn’t like the context of the question, because she alluded that she wanted a personal not professional mistake.

If I were her, I would of asked something to the tune of “tell me about a problem that you had to solve” or something similar, vs. saying “we make mistakes everyday, tell me about one of yours.”

Post # 6
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A company contacted me about an interview during a career fair at a conference that I was attending, so I responded that I would stop by to learn more.  It was for a smaller division within a very large company so their website wasn’t relevant to finding out more.  Rather than telling me about their opportunities, they whisked me off to an interview…for a position I was not at all interested in.  Such a waste of time!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I haven’t really had a bad interview, but I when I was managing at McDonald’s we had a hiring day that I had to do interviews for.  Anyone who walked in got an interview on the spot.  I had one guy come in, sit down for an interview, and one of the first questions I asked was why he wanted to work there, he said he wanted the job because he was just fired from Burger King for not washing his hands after using the restroom during a health inspection.  Facepalm. Why, oh why would you volunteer that information at an interview?

Post # 8
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Honey bee

The worst interview I ever had wasn’t the recruiters fault at all. I had just graduated college and was going on interviews practically everyday. I woke up SOO sick one morning but went to the interview anyways, because it was a great opportunity. As soon as the interview started I felt like I was going to throw up and I had sweat literally pouring out of me. I was young and didn’t know what to do, so I kept going. I made it through without passing out but I legit didn’t remember a single thing from the interview. I got outside and called my mom because I was so sick that I was afraid to ride on the train to get home.

The weirdest part was that I actually got called back for a second interview! hah

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I haven’t had many interviews in my life (although I did just go through THREE to land my new job I start in a few weeks!)

The weirdest one was when I applied at Aeropostale when I was 19. So weird.  Granted I was only available to work like 10 hours a weeks. They asked me zero work related questions, just weird, random questions, such as “What is your favorite color?” and “What do you eat for breakfast?”

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

Not on the same scale but I once interviewed with a dentist who showed me into his private office, and realized there was nowhere for me to be seated. On the 2 chairs in his office were the employees scrubs and lab coats in a pile. He lifted them up and threw them on the floor! All I could think of was how dirty the rest of the office had to be if he could just dump everything on his dirty carpet. UGH.

I was offered the job, but obviously didn’t take it.

Post # 14
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@roxy821: Thank you! I am very nervous, but very excited 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The worst interview I went on included being asked for my CC info to pay for a license, being asked how much money I make and if I’m married with kids. They asked not to talk about the job to my family members because I’m too new and I would confuse them. Sketchy!! I very clearly did not give them my information and did not accept the offer.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

Once I was told that they could’t hire someone like me basically because I have goals and am in college and the position wouldn’t be a life-long type deal when I graduated. 

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