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Old 10-27-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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i just had the toughest job interview i've ever faced. half the time i wasn't sure whether i just sounded like i was talking out of my ass, or whether i actually was talking out of my ass. so of course as my mouth is moving and i'm saying completely inane things, somewhere in the back of my head i'm double-thinking, "what am i saying? am i nuts? can she tell i have no idea what's going on?"

so i thought i would share my worst interview story. two reasons: one, to make myself feel better about today's disaster. and two, to invite others to share their stories.

i graduated from college up in nashville and immediately started the job hunt. i'd come out of school with a somewhat unusual and rarely desired degree, so it took a while to actually find some leads. finally a very large broadcaster/media company down in atlanta called me up and said they wanted to schedule an interview. i agreed to meet with them at 3:00 the next day and immediately went to work printing up maps and directions, etc.

the next day i drove 3.5 hours from nashville to atlanta and arrived around 1:45. Having never been to atlanta, i had no means of passing the time other than wandering around the nearby georga tech campus. at 2:40 i finally walked over to the media company and had the receptionist call the interviewer down.

his face was bemused. he glanced at his watch as i stood to shake his hand. i said, "i know, i know, i'm really early. sorry about that." he cocked his head to one side and said, "early?" i said, "yes, we were scheduled to meet at 3:00." he said, "it's quarter to 4."

here's where i had my most brilliant moment. i looked at my watch and uttered the double syllable, "NUH UH."

i stared at him like he was insane. "it's 2:45!" i protested. "it's 3:45." he replied. "we're on eastern standard time here."



...oh. right. nashville is central time. i forgot to accomodate for the time change.

anyway, i got the job so i must have been better at fasttalking back then than i was today.

anyone else feel like sharing a terrible interview story, so i don't have to feel like a lone putz in the crowd?
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:38 PM   #2
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At my old school over here in England we used to have what was called Interview Simulation Day.

Managers from different companies came into the school and basically put us through mock job interviews to prepare the students for the real world.

I was a bit of a tyke at school and did not prepare for mine in the slightest! All I knew about it was that my interview was going to be with the manager of a local travel agent. Being the cocky little madam I was at that age, I figured I could bluff it....

There I was was telling Mr X just how well travelled I was.. blah blah blah... when he mentioned that he was going on a trip to Prague the next day. "Nice" I said with a knowing nod, "Germany is such a beautiful country"

He looked at me with utter disdain and said, "No.... it's in Czechoslovakia"

Needless to say I wanted the ground to swallow me up!
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:25 PM   #3
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:29 PM   #4
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Yes.. I've learned many a valuable lesson the hard way
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:11 PM   #5
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NUH UH! you didnt say that! hahahahahahahahahahha

I"d of blurted SHUT UP!


no, me, i'd of inadvertently yiped STFU!

(i wouldnt have gotten the job)
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:40 PM   #6
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I started to talk abut having been questioned by the Major Crime Squad.

At an interview.

WTF was wrong with me?
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:25 PM   #7
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LOL!

At my last job interview, I showed up in what I thought was a beautiful black cashmere sweater, and some nice gray wool slacks, tasteful jewelry - you know, nice, neutral...and the woman (who sported long white acrylic nails with little black rosettes painted on them to match her black and white floral print dress) interviewing me was looking to fill her own position after being promoted. She started by saying pointedly that they have a fairly strict dress code there, and that pants were not appropriate, then went on and on about how difficult the receptionist job actually was and how precious the position was to her, and how she had made it nearly impossible for anyone to fill her shoes. I became completely and totally intimidated. I found myself actually trying to talk her out of hiring me - you know, shaking my head, saying things like "Well, I haven't really handled that many lines before, so I'd hate to misrepresent myself...not sure how I feel about working full time with no breaks, blah blah blah." When all the time I couldn't stop thinking about how crappy my wardrobe must be if my best outfit wasn't good enough.
Afterwards, I kicked myself. I mean, really, how hard is it to answer phones and take messages? I liked the pay, but the thought of being stuck behind the station for nine hours a day, watched closely by this woman horrified me.
Did not get the job. What a blinding shock.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:03 PM   #8
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I found myself actually trying to talk her out of hiring me
that's how i spent thursday's interview. the position was fine and the offered pay was good, but i found out that the company's entire customer base is built around predatory lenders.

and i'm hellbent deadset against predatory lender practices. i've voted to support measures to ban payday loans in my state. there's absolutely no way i'm working for a business that assists these people in their exploitation of the poor.

so i did quite a bit of back pedaling about how i don't really consider myself a designer and actually i don't code THAT language at all, and NO WAY do i think i could learn it, nosirreebob!
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Old 10-28-2006, 03:36 AM   #9
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interviews

i hate interviews so much.
even after exensive interviewing for my last job, they decided after 3 months that i suck and i have to start all over.
i tried very hard just to me so they would know what they were getting into...
all to no avail
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Old 10-28-2006, 04:31 AM   #10
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"Well, I haven't really handled that many lines before, so I'd hate to misrepresent myself....
I'm sorry but................

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I wish I'd been there to hear that.
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:03 AM   #11
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but it's true - after five or six lines I'd always get a nosebleed, guaranteed
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Old 11-05-2006, 03:30 PM   #12
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I know I posted this story before and I know that the original email has circled the globe a couple of times, but here goes..

I was desperate for a job after I got laid off from a dot com that went bust.

I got an interview at the Mercedes dealership as assistant to the head sales weenie there. It was really good pay, hours, bennies, the works. I had to go through all these personality tests, drug testing and had to go back several times to complete everything.

So I get an email from the guy saying that I had passed everything and the job was a go and to start on Monday.

So being ready to celebrate, I emailed my girlfriend "YAY, I passed my drug test!! We can have some scoopy snacks tonight!!!"

Somehow, I had inadvertantly sent it as a reply to the guy that had just hired me.

He wrote me back "I am not exactly sure what this means, but it doesn't sound like something that is suitable for this environment, thank you for your time"



I was mortified..

Turns out J really didn't want me to work there anyway, he thought some rich bastard would come in and steal me from him so I guess it all worked out in the end...
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Old 11-05-2006, 08:45 PM   #13
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oh good god, that sounds like something i would do. now you've got me paranoid.
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Old 11-06-2006, 02:24 AM   #14
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Hi, I'm new here, but I can definitely contribute to a "worst interview" thread.

I was a temp at a really good government job, but they were stringing along the contract and I was anxious to get "real" employment. So, I took a long lunch one day to go to an interview at a local college to be an assistant to the Academic Dean. Now, for the life of me, I don't know WHY I felt so intimidated by the guy -- he wasn't mean or aggressive, but he was self-assured, maybe a touch elitist... and I was still a newb in the work world. Anyway, I got SO tremendously nervous, some kind of fight-or-flight mechanism must have kicked in, because... I blanked out. Didn't faint, just blanked out, although I apparently kept talking. Honestly, after he asked about why I wanted the job, I have absolutely NO recollection of anything until I found myself literally "coming to" after some indeterminate amount of time, as if from a fog, mumbling some last thoughts about my qualifications. Actually mumbling!

He smiled -- pitifully, I thought -- and thanked me for coming in. I was mortified, waking up in the middle of an interview; frankly, it felt rather like I was having one of those "naked dreams" but in real life. So, having a pretty good idea I had failed to impress, I made the last desparate plea: "All I can say is, if you hire me, you won't be sorry." I don't think he agreed with that assessment.

Somehow, I went from confident introductions to meek, tearful apologies in the space of a few minutes, and I wasn't even conscious to see it happen. Um... Needless to say...


P.S. Epilogue: Fortunately, the government job hired me shortly thereafter. Did very well there, thank you very much, Mr. Academician!
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Old 11-06-2006, 06:25 AM   #15
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good tactic. i'll try it myself next time i'm in an interview.

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