Oh the Horror! Scary (and Amusing) Interview Stories

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Scary Interview Stories

Most people would agree that job interviews can be nerve-racking, stressful & downright frightful. In honor of Halloween, the spookiest night of the year, we have compiled a list of cringe (and laughter) inducing stories of interviews gone wrong.

  • What’s Your Sign?: Following an hour of good conversation, as I was leaving and shaking hands with the executive who interviewed me, he thanked me for my time. He then asked me to “please send me your astrological sign along with your salary requests and three references.” At first, I thought I misheard the request but he then explained that in the past the company would request a graphology report. After graphology test results have proven to be inconclusive, he requests the astrological signs of each candidate to determine if the perspective candidate will be a good match with the other staff members.
  • Shake It Off: I was flown to Florida for a 2-day job interview. About an hour after I arrive on the first day, I was taken to an all-staff meeting for an “exciting” announcement. Surprise! The marketing department has decided to make a Harlem Shake video!!! Everyone was required to participate…
  • Solitaire: I flew from NY to LA to interview someone who asked me to stand there and wait in a hotel lobby so that she could finish the game of solitaire she was playing, because it looked like she was going to win.
  • Convicted: I pulled an amazingly cringe-worthy move in one of my first interviews. I can’t believe how stupid I was. The interviewer got to the question of: “Do you have any convictions?” I sit there and ponder for a quite a few seconds, and then I say “Well, no, not really.” The interviewer just stares are me with his mouth slightly agape. I thought he means convictions as in “firmly held beliefs” as opposed to “convicted of a crime” which is a standard interview question. Not only was he surprised that it was taking me that long to think of the answer to a yes or no question, but then to have me give an wishy-washy answer. We laughed about it, awkwardly, and then I didn’t get the job.
  • Liar, Liar: Before interviewing, we ask people to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10 for their abilities with specific software. We’re used to receiving fabricated self-ratings. But on one occasion, we had someone rate themselves a 9. When they came into the interview, they literally had no idea how to even begin to use the software. It’s shocking because we’re upfront about the testing process and that it’s part of the interview.
  • Foot In Mouth: A lawyer interviewing me asked what professor I had for my constitutional law class in school. He then asked what I thought of that professor. I told him that we usually had no idea what she was talking about because she was so hard to understand. Then the interviewer told me that the professor was his wife. They had different last names. I of course did not get the job.
  • Texty McTexterson: I was interviewing a girl that kept receiving and sending texts during the interview. I finally had to ask her if she needed a few minutes to answer her texts that were obviously more important than the interview. She took me up on it, went outside for 15 minutes and then asked to come back for the interview. I told her that I would text her in a few days to let her know the outcome of the interview.

Do you have an interview horror story of your own? Share in the comments below!

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  1. Dawn Dean on November 3, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I had a young man, about 18, come to an interview one time and brought his mother. When I met him at the front of the office and started to ask him a couple of basic pre-screening questions, his mother started answering for him! I looked her straight in the eyes and told that if he is looking for a job, I need him to answer the questions at which point I asked her to take a seat and asked him to come over to my desk where we could speak in private. As I asked him questions, she continued to answer by shouting answers across the office. I had to dismiss the interview and told his mother not to accompany him to future interviews with any company and to roll-play at home before the interview if she felt it was necessary.

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