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You WILL love me!
- When interviewing for a position on an army base for a child program assistant (babysitter) I was asked "why should I hire you?" (interview was with one woman..my boss.. who was late to interview and it was just me and her).. I answered...honestly without thinking because she was so relaxed.."Because you'll LOVE me!".. :( haha.. well She gave me a crazy look and I quickly said "I'm just kidding.. but seriously ..lalala... .. I got the job and am currently still employed (now its my second job as I've graduated college and have a full time position as well). However my boss that hired me left the program to move to another state about 5 months after I got there. The new boss is still there and I told her when the first boss left what I said in the interview...she wouldn't have hired me.. and I believe her! haha. Just always know the atmosphere of the person! I got VERY lucky.. because I came off like an idiot.
- —Guest Federal Employee
Job Interview #2 for Hostess at IHOP
- On my second interview they ask me how long I was at my previous job and I told them. When they asked me what did I do I told them. Now, when they also asked me why was I laid off, I said because of me being a food prep, I wasn't keeping up the pace and because I was too slow. I don't know if Ihop will let me pass on that.
- —Guest lannett
Interviewer in Sunglasses
- I recently had an interview for an unpaid position. We met in an outdoor area of a cafe. Through the whole interview the person was wearing sunglasses even though it wasn't particularly sunny outside and we were in the shade. I found myself constantly trying to find her eyes and looking at her mouth. Frankly I found the whole situation quite awkward and disrespectful. I did get the position, luckily I was redirected to deal with a specific team later... The only excuse would be if she had a condition, but then it would be polite to point that out maybe?
- —Guest Savannah
Check Your Teeth
- Ok I been to like a million interviews and one of the worst things was when the girl for a fitness club asked why I would like to work there I responded by saying I don't know..... urgggg I know so stupid but I was so damn nervous....another one was never eat right before an interview. I was super early so I decided to eat my glazed donut in the car, taking my time and then I noticed that I needed to go in right now. The interview went well and on the way out another employee gave me a small tour and then they showed me the restroom and told me that I might want to look in the mirror. Yah sure enough I had white glaze on my lips aweeefullll!
- —Guest so embarrassed
Don't Leave a Message
- I did a phone interview and the girl said she would call in two days either way. I called her after 3 days to see if I was chosen for a face to face interview. She was not in, so without knowing it, I gave the message to the girl I would be replacing and she didn't know she was being replaced. The interviewer called me and was really mad in a professional way. I apologized profusely. Why would they put either of us in such a position? I feel worse for the other girl. I don't want to work for a company that does that.
Forgot to Ask for Interviewers Last Name
- When I was chosen for an interview, the interviewer casually introduced herself as "Donna", calling her "mam" though out the whole interview. The interview went well, however I forgot to ask her last name and when the time came to send a thank you e-mail, I was at a loss for the last name and did not send one...maybe cost me the job..I may never know.
- —Guest Robert
The Waiting Game...
- Arrived nice and early, the interviewer arrived 15 minutes late and then seeing me waiting, he didn't acknowledge or greet me, instead was looking at his phone. Finally acknowledged me, and the interview lasted less than 15 minutes. I truly know how valuable time really is now.
- —Guest Ahmed
Melted with My Feet to the Fire
- I interviewed for this particular position about six months out of college. I was expecting specific, fairly technical questions. The day of the interview, I got lost and arrived five minutes late. I thought I might be able to come back after handling some easy opening questions. Then, my interviewers started rapid-firing behaviorals. Unprepared, I stumbled through the first two or three and totally choked when asked about a time I had failed -- the only thing I could think to reference was, of all things, another job interview, which I babbled semi-incoherently about. I tried to stay cool but I couldn't withstand another 15 minutes of grilling. By the end, I felt tired and looked defeated. This was easily the worst and hardest interview I have ever experienced, and I have my doubts about their recruiting practices (it seemed like they were looking for an MBA, not a finance guy), but it taught me to be ready for anything and ultimately helped me land my first position later on.
- —Guest cm11
- Some funnier lowlights from my lengthy post-college job search: -Getting too comfortable with an interviewer and asking her what year she graduated college (I might as well have asked her age) -Calling someone "Doug" after he had identified himself as "Douglas" (to be fair, I had already demonstrated I was unqualified for this position) -Getting so nervous in the middle of an interview that I was asked to relax and start over (surprisingly, I was later called back for a second interview) -Joining in on two team members' jokes during the aforementioned second interview. They thought it was funny, but they probably also thought it was unprofessional and may have cost me a chance at the position...
- —Guest cm11
She Said She Would Call Me Tonight
- Had a great interview a second time with a company I've been trying to get into for a year. It went well. I got up and she said I'll call you later tonight once we figure out job offers and I talk to the others. It's 5:48 and I don't hear back. Once again no email saying we chose someone else -- nothing. :0
- —Guest Joblessinvan
- I showed up at the Wendy's by my house. I thought it was the place that called me. When I got there they told me the guy who does the interviews wasn't there yet so I thought that was weird. I ended up waiting and once he got there they sent another guy who told me they didn't my application on file. They still ended giving me a small interview. When I got home I Googled the number that called me and it was a McDonalds!
- —Guest Anon
Too long a wait
- If you ever have an interview where you come on time, wait 10 mins before than have a 5 minute interview... you can assume you didn't get the job. The interviewer seemed like she had already hired someone and told me that they didn't want to stop me from going to college... seriously.
- —Guest Waiting
- At my age and experience as a prior business owner, you would think I wouldn't be nervous at an interview. Well guess again. I got so nervous you could hear it in my voice. My mind went blank a couple times . And I actually said "it's hard giving these answers off the top of my head " Geez.
- —Guest Doug
The lady Hacker
- I walked in for an interview, genuinely relaxed atmosphere, interviewer was really nice and he obviously had a lot of passion for what he did. It was a small company and he was the CEO or something. Anyway, we got to talking, and we got along really well, and I was genuinely interested in the company. At some point it was more of a tech discussion and he showed me new technologies they were working on, and we talked about it. It was amazing. Then I had to explain my university dissertation. It involved me hacking into a company's network. He was impressed but I think I scared him off. Bottom line -- small company, not a strong security team: too much to lose. He probably thought i would go all joker (batman) on the company's ass. LOL.
- —Guest Jay
Glad We Didn't Hire Him!
- We were just interviewing for a position at work. After reviewing some resumes we picked a few people to interview. For the people that we felt were not qualified we sent a nice email stating we appreciate their interest but they were not chosen to interview. About an hour later I got this response, in 72 font, "I think you must have your head up your butt hole." Umm, if we were even going to reconsider and interview more people, he would not be one of them. Plus, we are a religious organization.
- —Guest KB