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Julie Jakubiec
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Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager, US Sales @Jobcase

Hi Jobcasers! Tell me about a time you had a REALLY uncomfortable or awkward interview situation and how you overcame it. Then we can discuss potential ways to A. Avoid that happens again and B. Be better prepared.

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Shawaun Epps
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Cna at Home Instead

This interview still haunts me til this day OMG it was 2015 and around this time actually like mid fall almost time for the turkey:) it was seasonal help at Macy's and I was dressed nice and everything she even complimented me on everything so I really felt confident but I was nervous but was trying not to show that side. I think the nervousness came from me never done retail work before..I've worked as a nursing assistant for years and just decided to take a pt job for awhile. So you know the conversation was flowing and I thought I was giving good vibes and thought I had the job at the job when she asked me about a different position (beauty cosmetics consultant department) but I wanted to be cashier or sales clerk stock person not that position. So I told her I don't know anything about makeup etc. I just apply my own as so. After the interview I felt it took a different turn after that question and reply so then she says I'm over qualified for the job but lookout for future emails cuz they always hiring and looking for great candidates esp for the holidays..huh!? I'm confused after that! I knew I didn't get the job and I'm like why not!? Plus thinking to myself how can I be over qualified for a job at Macy's! A cashier at that!? Plz any thought behind this issue? I got a interview in the morning trying to decompress:)

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Karmella Lippencott
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I had a call from an employer for a interview wasn't expecting it. Here is the thing I hadn't answered my phone for at least three weeks because of scammers ringing up my phone.I suddenly checked my voicemail and somebody called me for interview. I am planning to take a 10wk. Course that may cause conflict in working the shift I applied for. I want to call her but at the same time it's been three weeks and I may be wasting her time in setting up an interview.What should I do ?The class is for 10wks three days a wk.

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Sasha Contreras
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Chat Tech Advisor For Apple at Kellyservices

Yesterday I had a phone interview which I thought was going to go oh so well. I had a time set, I had privacy. I had my little earbuds in, waiting for the call. Half an hour later, no call, so I checked my email and there was an email that I'd missed my interview, please call etc. I called the interviewer and found out I'd given her my cell number with one number wrong (d'oh). I apologized profusely then as we were talking, our call kept breaking up. She offered to call me right back and at that point I realized that my husband had left a download running on the computer which was interfering with my wifi calling (I have wifi calling with my carrier). So I turned off the download and the rest of the call was okay but I felt like such an absolute potato! I spent the rest of the day agonizing over the call because I really want this particular job and I just recently turned down another job offer (more pressure, for sure). I just hate when awkward stupidity on my part is on replay and ruins my day!

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Anthony Harrington
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I had an interview for a customer service position when I was in my early 20s.

The interviewer came in and she was flustered but friendly. She apologized and told me that she had just come back from maternity leave and that I was her first task and first interview in six weeks.

I said it was okay, and related because my sister had just had a baby. I told her it was mommy brain. And that both the mommy brain and her baby weight would go away any day now.

She paused, rubbed her belly, then told me that she had adopted.

I was mortified, and I said, "I am so sorry. I guess you're just..." then I stopped talking because I realized there was no way to finish that sentence inoffensively.

She leaned and and said..."Finish it."

I just shook my head "no".

Sadly, I didn't overcome that and for some reason I didn't get the job.

I did learn to be personable but professional and to never comment on a woman's weight. Ever. EVER!

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