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It's almost Halloween, which means 'tis the season for spooky stories! 👻 💀 🎃 Do you have an interview horror story??

Share your story in the comments below!

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Christopher Brown
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Parole Agent at State Of California Department Of Corrections

Yes, they said I was to smart and never stay working for them

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Kat siniscalchi
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Just interviewed at my job for a higher position. My gm let everyone know I basically almost run that position already. First interview with a gm I don't know went well. Second interview, with our new Dm, who i never met before, doesn't know anyone in the area, has never been to our location, gets on a video call with me. No preliminary conversation really. Other then greetings.
Then starts reading questions to me that were in multiple parts and all situational type questions. What would you do if....what have you done in the last 6 months......what was the out come? How was it received by your peers what was the outcome. Nothing about my skills, qualities, aptitude, or even knowledge of the company or location, which mind you I have worked at for more then 8 years.
Outcome to this story. She said I wasn't ready for the roll because it seems I had to keep thinking about how to answer, and if higher ups come to visit the location they don't want someone who can't answer their questions.... Seriously? Then ask a real question that a higher up may ask? Ask something that pertains to what I do or what I may have to do. Have a conversation with me. Learn who and what I am. Don't spend 45 minutes on a video chat asking nonsensical things and then decide my future.....

Sorry that was long winded. But fresh and still smarting.

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Chris Dault
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Yes

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Jk August
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I had one once as a vet out of the Post Vietnam era, and the job was for a fairly large Midwest oil company refinery. The kid interviewing me treated me like I was trash. About twenty minutes into the interview, after the 3rd or fourth vet insult, I stood up and said, "I don't think this job would work out for either of us. Please remove me from consideration as an applicant for your job."

Needless to say, he was too shocked to say another word, even another Vet insult.

I wound up working often at a next-door plant. It was one unit in a company of about twelve similar plants. I also had occasion to work for them on specific issues related to our plant. The company wasn't a bad company at all. They wasted their time having a newbie interview much more experienced people for their jobs, including me, the then (now) well-seasoned Vet.

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Ford Simpson
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My interviews have been pretty easy. Now if you or Ashley were on the other side of the table I might run out the room! Ford

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Kathy Perkins
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Love your attitude. I would definitely take that approach cuz I see a job as the other half of your life. You need to know what you’re getting and how you may grow or how comfortable you’d be. You need to be the interviewer!

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Joyce White
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When I go into an interview, I have one objective in mind: I'm there to interview a new boss. I alert them in my cover letter that I'm looking for a new boss to work for. Most times, they are so struck by my forwardness that the only way I don't get the job is that somebody is more experience but they always want to hire me.. because I made them laugh

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Tina Ketcham
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Human Resources Generalist at Water Lilies Fine Asian Cuisine

yes indeed! after a interview - i asked what was the next step - the employer stated that - its a background and drug test, i said ok no problem. then the employer stated to me but don't worry they only check for hard drugs. I was in shock - i didn't even know how to answer that one! ( FYI - i don't even smoke or drink) i knew at that point that wasn't the company I wanted to work for. SMH

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Shayna Resnick
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Paraprofessional at Wish Charter

I did an observation at a preschool and they told me not to interact with the children to avoid distracting them. Then I was asked to leave for not observing well enough. Very strange

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Anne Marie Christensen
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Sales Assistant at Janome Usa

Had an interview once where they interviewed 10 of us all at the same time and in the same room competing against one another. They called it a “group interview”. I had agreed to it, because I thought that it had meant that it was going to be me with a few of their executives. It was extremely stressful. Horrible to say the least. Questions were thrown out, and everyone fighting for the floor to get their answer heard… then if you did not have an answer, you faded away and looked bad - or afraid of having not as good an answer as someone else. Is this type of interview process popular? I will NEVER agree to do that again!

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