Interview Catastrophe!


We’ve all slipped up in an interview. Ideally, you are able to recover from a gaffe and move on. We’ve gathered a few stories of folks whose fumbles will make yours look mild:

  • “It seemed like a standard interview. There were a lot of questions about my current firm, which was a competitor. The twist was, that when I got home, there was a rejection letter in my mailbox. They would have had to have sent that at least a day before.”

  • When asked their greatest weakness, one interviewee responded, “When someone in the workplace does something that I disagree with, I make it a point to stab them in the back.” Later in the interview he went on to explain his salary requirements were $90k because he just bought a new Camaro and he needed to make the payments.

  • When the interviewer asked the applicant if they had any questions, they inquired, "What's your policy on employee theft?"

  • A candidate for a legal internship at a substantial firm was asked about his professional aspirations. “He said he wanted to be a tycoon.”

  • A man a “filled out his application via texts from his mother. He would take a picture of the question on the app and she would text him back the answer. He took an hour to fill out a two page basic application.”

  • An applicant volunteered the info, "I'm not wanted in this state."

Do you have any interview horror stories to share, from either side of the table? Send them our way @hyattfennell.

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