What was the worst job interview you've had?

  1. The interviewer insisted on knowing why I'd left graduate school. Now, I had left graduate school because my advisor died in a car accident and the whole small department was thrown for a loop and no one seemed to know or care what was going to happen to me or my just started research project.

  2. I drove an hour away to an interview at 8:00 am. I waited outside the interviewer's office until 8:30 am with no one to tell me where to go or where she was.

  3. Can’t imagine somebody who has obtained a graduates degree feeling like a loser. You have a random Redditor who doesn’t want to hear you talk about yourself like that. This story seems to imply you’re incredibly smart with a good and honest heart be proud!

  4. Was invited for an IT "helper" position when I was 17. Would help fix computers for people at a shody PC fix shop.

  5. That's literally the best answer. I worked for our IT department in college, and more than once, something didn't turn on because it wasn't plugged in.

  6. This was quite a while ago, maybe about 2010, and the recession was still hitting the job market pretty badly. Here I am, graduated from college a few years before, and looking for anything. I interviewed for a job calling people trying to recruit them for two year college, I think it was National American University. I had experience with customer service and some phone work doing tech support at my college, and this would be within my abilities. About half way through the interview, I could tell it was going poorly. The guy interviewing me was asking me to give a sales pitch on recruiting and I was failing. We got to the end, and he was up front about saying I wouldn't be a good fit for what they needed. However, he did give me a bunch of great advice on how to properly interview and to be able to sell myself to a prospective employer. He even did a little coaching session with me. I knew he could see I was desperate (And I was: I was unemployed) and he took time to help me out for my future attempts. I did take his advice and was able to get a decent job eventually. I have always used the tips he gave me and they have helped me greatly. So to that guy, thanks!

  7. Two: 1- the recruiter started to fold my cv into a paper plane during the interview. (Didnt get the job) 2- was pawned off unsuspectingly to the CFO of a company five mins into my interview with the CEO. The CFO had no idea what to ask so he went the “tell me your biggest flaws” way. I was so dejected that I said “you’ll have to hire me to find out”. Interview ended five mins later. I spent 30 mins crying at my hubris and stupidity in the parking lot. Got the job.

  8. I drove an hour to be interviewed for a computer repair tech job at a rental company, and 3/4 of the way through the interview they told me I was perfect for the position, however they recently removed the position altogether. They then asked if I'd be willing to repair furniture instead until the position opened again.

  9. A “marketing internship” the summer before my senior year of college. I remember showing the job description to my dad and he told me it was going to be door to door sales. I didn’t really believe him and I showed up at 9 am for the interview.

  10. In a group interview, the interviewer crossed a line through my name on the list he had after I told him what I graduated in. This was within the first 5 minutes of a 40 minute meeting...

  11. In the middle of my interview, the manager asked me if my current workplace (that I was trying to leave) was hiring.

  12. Job was for a vibration analysis engineer. I knew how to do the job well. I knew the pay should be around 95k, and they stated 55k (in the interview). When I tried to discuss my point, they said, "don't worry, there's plenty of overtime". They also mentioned since they weren't involved with many balancings at the moment, I would assist the cleaning crew with a lot of the cleanings. I've never been so uninterested in a job in my life.

  13. Five interview rounds with the last interview round being with the CEO all for an entry level customer service job. During the last interview, the CEO said you weren’t allowed to get sick, and you weren’t allowed to leave at the end of the day until all of the work had been done. So even though the job was 8-4 the CEO said customer service reps often stayed until 6 PM or later. She also asked if I would be comfortable secretly reporting to her about what the customer service team is up to. I declined the job offer and the company harassed me with emails asking why and what they did wrong. Really glad I didn’t take the job.

  14. It’s bizarre they know they did something wrong but are so out of touch they can’t see their own mistakes in front of them. (Edit: I guess I got my first ever award over night. Thank you!)

  15. Honestly what did they want to know? Its a fastfood, do they only hire creative people with good sense of humor and with a good physical condition?

  16. Not that bad, but I remember Taco Bell asked me what type animal I would be if I could be anything. Like wtf do you want me to say? “ I would be a fire ant so I could work efficiently with my closest friends!” Sixteen year old me said an eagle, because they’re strong and they can fly. Meh...

  17. Dunkin’ Donuts asked me “if you could be any color, what color would you be?” I said yellow because it’s a warm and happy color. I was told afterwards by a friend that this is supposed to weed out the racists?

  18. An agency sent me for an interview and said “the starting salary is £33000”. The interview went fairly well until the interviewer said “so what sort of salary are you looking for?” So using the info I had from the agency I said. “Well, I think £33000 is a fair starting point”....the interviewer practically threw me out! He started to shout about wasting his time because I expected to be paid a huge salary and who did I think I was... he was paying £20,000..............

  19. And this is why I always bring a copy of the posting with me. (I don't think it would've helped and you probably dodged a bullet anyway, but one day it'll be useful!)

  20. Many years ago I was interviewed for an IT Director position at a finance and legal consulting firm. Apparently, they were expecting an older-looking person and assumed I was there for the temp/admin positions. I was given a reading comprehension test, a typing test, and a spatial awareness / IQ test. These took a bit over an hour in total. When I was done the guy said "OK, thanks we'll call you." I asked about speaking to the CIO and other tech directors for the IT Director position. He looked at me like I had three heads. They kept me waiting for about 25 more minutes, realizing the mistake, scrambling to pull things together. After 45 min of waiting, I told them I was going to leave. The headhunter called me right away really upset that their mistake may cost her a commission on finding me and wasting my time. We had a very nice discussion about how she needed to screen/brief her clients better, and how they made several bad assumptions that could be an HR issue, within the HR dept. of the consulting firm. I never worked with her again. No idea if they ever found a new IT Director. I feel like I dodged a bullet in a potentially disorganized/toxic workplace. I did learn that at the time I was typing 80+ wpm mistake-free.

  21. Yeah I have one that sticks out. I applied to a government branch as a network admin. The newspaper ad asked for a bachelors degree. They called me into the interview. When I got there, the first thing the interviewer said was, "We wanted someone with a masters degree. Why did you apply?"

  22. I always have the job posting/description printed, with notes on it. Had similar comments a couple times and it's nice to have it right there. Once had an interviewer say "I don't know where you got this". Uh... You posted it. I copy/pasted.

  23. When he said I'll give you extra hours if you bring me smokes everyday, then put his hand on my leg and said his wife gives him passes to have fun. I also got a speeding ticket on the way to the interview. Was not my month.

  24. Would not have been surprised if you got a speeding ticket on the way home. Just not possible to get away from that shit fast enough.

  25. I interviewed for a project management position, the interviewer describes the job: basically it was pure research and data entry of potential clients, then cold-calling them and documenting the results. The job ad mentioned exactly none of this but was an average project management job ad, else I wouldn't have applied in the first place.

  26. I didn't conduct interviews but I was the "front desk" person who handled scheduling the interviews and made small-talk with them for a few minutes while they waited for the manager to get ready for them. Most people were polite and nervous and I enjoyed sort of putting them at ease. But there was one guy, maybe 18, who had obviously been forced into it by his parents.

  27. The first question they asked was a statistics exam-type question. Took me completely off guard. I half-assed the answer - a complete answer would have taken half an hour. The next question was about a Punnett Square analysis. I answered honestly, and said that the first thing I would do would be to look it up. Errors in Punnett Squares are incredibly common, and I wouldn't trust anyone who said they could do it off the top of their head. I'd look it up even if I'd done one last week. They REALLY didn't like that answer. They wanted to know where my husband worked and where we lived, and they concluded that our 6-month rental location was completely incompatible with the commute to their location. The whole thing was just super weird - it was like they sat down determined to find a reason they should not hire me. I was relieved to get out of there.

  28. It was my first "professional" law firm interview. I was SO nervous. I had applied for a legal secretary position. The attorney whose name was on the door would be interviewing me so I was a nervous wreck. When he walked in the room, I stood up, introduced myself and shook his hand. He looked me up and down and said "yeah, you'll do".

  29. I did major research on a company and expected questions in the interview. The only one they asked was, "What is our slogan?" Of course, I hadn't memorised that :( . As I left I saw it was on the fucking giant sign outside

  30. Had a phone interview and the woman kept asking more and more intrusive questions, kept hinting I'm a total piece of shit who's totally unfit for the job (it was the easiest job description ever) and jumping to conclusions about my life that were completely untrue. For example I found out that being a freelancer who gets a lot of decently paid work each month is apparently living off my parents. She kept going on and on like that for quite a while before I told her to piss off and hung up. Didn't really need that job too badly but it was in a different country so the trravel aspect was the main reason. Years later I found out it was a "stress interview" which apparently is a thing. Fuck those people.

  31. I had an interview with EMC back in the day. I don't remember the specifics other than I was really nervous. I had a "we are sorry to inform you..." email waiting for me before I finished the 10 minute trip home.

  32. I had an interview and they told me the hiring manager was going on vacation for two weeks after the interviews were done, so a decision wouldn’t be made until then. I took a bus home and had a letter from them in the mailbox telling me I was being rejected. It was the afternoon, so they either mailed the letter before they even interviewed me, or the hiring manager raced to my house after the interview to drop the letter off.

  33. I went into a family owned custom furniture shop that had several openings in the carpentry department (red flag #1)

  34. Good idea you walked out of the interview. It would've been really depressing to work in a store where the owner yells at you every day.

  35. As the interviewer: candidate responded to a question I asked with, "is that really how you want to spend our time together, by asking me that question?" when I wrote up my notes I included that bit, it obviously came up in the debrief and a huge red flag.

  36. I went in to apply for an administrative assistant position and the guy kept asking me questions about liking kids and are my passports up to date...etc. I was SO confused. Turns out what he really wanted was a nanny for his two young kids to travel with him and his wife back to India. I was so pissed he wasted my time. I noped right the fuck out of there.

  37. If that's what he wanted, that's what he should have put in the job description. I'm sure he would have gotten plenty of qualified individuals to apply.

  38. To be fair, I’m just happy that it wasn’t human trafficking, because that was my first guess when I was reading that.

  39. At an interview to be a county street sweeper, guy asks me if I have a girlfriend, proceeds to rant for 5 minutes how young people dont get married anymore. Then he asks me what I want to avoid at the job. At the time I had no idea how to answer as I'd never been asked that in an interview before. So I ask him to clarify, to which he just repeats the question, over and over until he gets super angry that I dont know how to answer that, then asks me to leave. To this day, biggest wtf interview I've had.

  40. Lol, I have the same thing where I easily go very red. To the point where people have commented "jeeze you are so red right now" as if I wasn't already acutely aware.

  41. I've had an interview where they were looking to replace someone who would retire soon. The issue was, they wanted a super specific skill set, but someone young who could stay for many years.

  42. It's like that time that place was interviewing for a programmer position and required 10 years experience for a language that was only 8 years old. The inventor of the language applied and was rejected.

  43. The fact that you got a call after a month makes me think she hired someone else who quit really quickly (because she's clearly terrible) and you were choice #2.

  44. I was interviewing for a job in Houston, and lived in Austin, about 2.5 hours away. I drove to Houston for the first round of interviews, and they said it went well and wanted to being me in for a final interview, so i drove there again. It seemed like it went well and they told me they had one more interview to conduct and would have a decision tomorrow. So the next day came and went, I emailed the manager to ask if any decision had been made, nothing, waited a couple more days, left a voicemail, nothing. Then a couple days later, I just called the main number for the company and told the receptionist why I was calling. She was like "well, someone just started in that job yesterday". They ghosted me after I drove a total of 10 hours to interview twice. Still salty about that 11 years later.

  45. That's fucked up. It's simple courtesy to send a "thanks but no thanks" to rejected applicants. An email at the very least; a call would be best (speaking from experience of being on both sides of the table). Even 11 years later, sorry dude.

  46. Are they trying to test if you learned not to take candy from strangers? This is bizarre. What if you were a diabetic?

  47. Had an interview, went well. I was offering the job on the spot and accepted. The HR manager went to get the needed paperwork, came back 10 mins later and said “I must have forgot that we already filled this position. I’m sorry, but we don’t have an opening. I could call you if something opens back up”. I said no thank you.