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Strangers Reveal Their Worst And Most Cringeworthy Job Interview Moments

Job interviews, for the lack of a better word, suuuuuuuuck. We’re not even over-exaggerating. There’s the pre-interview anxiety, followed by the nervous sweats, which inevitably lead to a thirty-minute grilling by people you don’t even know, but are trying desperately to impress.

If you’ve got a job interview coming up or are bummed over bombing your last one, we have the ultimate solution: a bunch of stories from Reddit peeps who messed up so bad that it’s bound to make you feel better.

Blockbusted

“I used to manage a Blockbuster and after one particularly awful interview I walked the candidate out towards the parking lot and the alarms went off. It turned out he stuffed three DVDs in his suit jacket before being called back to the office.

“He did not get the job… or Mamma Mia, Fool’s Gold, and High School Musical 3 for that matter.” – nicmccool

“I work too hard and care too much!”

“Something triggered me during the strength and weaknesses part and I went on a 30-minute rant about total BS.” – Aagard

Always be weary of the slip

“I fell off the chair… Yep, I was wearing dress pants and the chair was wooden and seemed freshly waxed. I sat down and proceeded to slip right off on to the floor. Pretty sure the interviewer thought I was drunk and, needless to say, I didn’t get the job.” – sapphireprism

“I better take this…”

A girl I was interviewing had her phone on the table. During the middle of the interview it rang and she answered it.

“She freaking answered the phone and looked me in the eyes to tell the other person they were in a job interview.

“I just asked one more question which was, ‘Do you have any further questions for me?’ To which the reply was, ‘I didn’t get the job did I?’” – hastethewhey

Getting in good with the fam

“The interviewer accepted a FaceTime from his daughter and turned the phone around on me so I could say hi.” – sissy_space_yak

It’s not over until I say it’s over

“We’d asked all our questions, given the candidate an opportunity to ask any he had, and were just wrapping up. Suddenly he interjects: ‘No, no, no, no. We are not finished, yet.’

“He then launches into a monologue about how great he is and why we simply must employ him.

“As he draws to a close and we are breathing a sigh of relief, he then pulls out two sheets of paper, and starts reading the list of 50 or so questions he’s written down, most of which we’ve already covered.” – Unicrat

What a cat(astrophe)

“At my previous job, I was interviewing candidates for a position within my team. One of the applicants was internal, so I knew of her and knew she had a few cats as pets.

“So the day of the interview arrives, in she comes and we start with the basics. I then ask a few competency-based questions and she starts to give answers not based on her work experience (she had trained overseas teams and had an impressive CV), but relating the answers back to her cats…

“For example, I asked ‘Can you give me an example of your leadership skills’. I sh*t you not, her answer was along the lines of, ‘Well I have two cats and around feeding time I need to make sure [cat 1] gets fed first as [cat 2] has a weight problem and will try to eat [cat 1’s] food. I need to ensure I lead by making sure [cat 2] is kept well away from [cat 1] until he’s finished his food’.

“She then showed me pictures of the cats in question. Don’t get me wrong, they were some mighty fine beasts (cat 2 was super fat and old) and I have a pet cat, but I was a bit surprised. I did get some decent answers from her on occasion, but it was a very surreal interview.

“She didn’t get the job.” – beardface.

Told you that you’d feel better! Now if you’re prepping for a interview coming up just remember, don’t attempt to pocket a copy of High School Musical 3.

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Bradley is a writer from regional NSW and he didn’t come here to make friends, he came to win. He tweets infrequently to his 43 followers @bradjohnston_.