1. Showed up in person to a phone interview.
2. Interviewed at a bank. Was going perfectly despite how nervous I was, and I was probably in with a great chance. Then as a final question, the panel asked me “why should we hire you?”, I blurt out: “Because I probably won’t rob you of all your money!”
3. Asked about a time I had to make a compromise and, not drawing on any past experiences beyond an hour ago, I cited the time I had to give the last blue Jolly Rancher to my girlfriend even though it’s my favorite flavor. Still got the job but wow.
4. Not exactly a mistake, but I went to the counter of the store and asked if they were hiring. They said they were and gave me an on the spot interview right there in the middle of the store with my mom standing right with me (I was 16 and she had given me a ride to the store). My mom proceeded to answer every question for me and kept talking me up. I ended up getting the job and worked there for over 2 years, so thanks mom!
5. Asked about my hobbies talked about sewing and reading. Guy pushed a little more,asked if there was anything else. I was confused why he would push at this question and said no. I was interviewing at a video store, the correct answer is ‘watching movies’. I will never let myself live that one down.
6. I dropped my suit off at the dry cleaners and went back to get it the morning of the interview and they had lost it. With the interview only about twenty minutes away the owner gave me his suit to borrow. It was a tan suit,way too big, had a striped pattern, and reeked of mustard and sweat. Safe to say I did not make a good first impression at that interview.
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7. I had had several jobs before my first actual interview but my first interview was for a job selling hot dogs. I was asked what my biggest weaknesses were and stupid teenage me listed actual weaknesses like being lazy and not really caring about anything. I wasn’t very smart back then.
I didn’t get the job but found an article in some magazine(this was before the internet was used by regular people) shortly after that that gave me the right answers to that question.
8. Interviewer: “Are you a smoker?
9. Not my first interview, but this one always stands out to me.
I was in the Army at the time, and was looking to get a part time job after work to help out with the bills. Little Ceaser’s was doing open interviews so right after work I rush over for the interview. The hiring manager is looking my resume. Before joining the Army I was a manager at Dominos.
So resume shows that I was a manager at Dominos, and then a month later I join the Army. He looks up at me wearing my uniform since I just came from work and asks why I left Dominos. I answered because it was time to get a real job.
I didn’t get the job…
10. First time I was honest about why I was leaving my old job and the reason was negative. Next time I had a story about how -while I loved my current job- the new job gave an additional positive push to my career path. You have to bend the truth for sure.
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11. Interviewer: “Should we hire you?”
Me: “I mean, that’s really up to you guys, obviously I want the job, but that’s not my decision…”
Fortunately I’d been doing pretty well up until then so she just laughed and gave me a second chance to answer it properly.
12. It was at a popular craft store. They asked what crafts I like to do and I have zero craft talent. I lied and said I liked making jewelry because I did so in school once. They hired me and whenever a customer had a jewelry question they always asked me. I eventually learned the ropes though.
13. Not my first interview… but one of my firsts.
I had a typo in my resume that my B.S. was a B.A. The interviewer pointed it out after I said I was detail oriented. I had interviewed three other people in that company who all loved me up until then and the job was going to be a shoo-in because I knew someone who worked there who really wanted me on his team.
I did not get hired because of that typo.
14. Was sexist. I was interviewed by two female engineers, who didn’t really introduce themselves beyond their name, so partway through the interview I asked them if they’re the HR reps.
They forgave me and I passed but it was dumb of me, I wouldn’t have asked a pair of men that.
15. I kept saying etcetera after every question…
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16. My first interview was a disaster!
Interviewer says: “I see you’ve put down that you can speak German on your CV, can you say something to me?”
I reply: “Oh, I can’t actually speak German, I just put that on there.”
Interviewer asks: “Tell me about a time you had to work under pressure.”
I say: “This one time I had an assignment for uni that was 50% of my grade, and I should have spent the last three months on it. I couldn’t be bothered and spent most of that time out drinking and did the whole thing in 3 hours the morning it was due.”
Interviewer asks: “Why do you want this job?”
I say: “If Im honest, its just because I’m broke and I need money.”
By some miracle I got the job though, so I guess I was the only guy to show up or something.
17. Interviewer: “So why do you want this job?”
Me: “You took my CV…”
18. The interview itself went fine. I was nervous, but I was also well-qualified, and I was offered the position on the spot. After the interview, I rear-ended my new boss as I was following him to my new worksite.
19. Phone sales job. They asked me if I thought it would be easier or more difficult to sell over the phone than in person. My answer was that phone would be easier. Judging by their facial expressions that was the wrong answer.
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20. This wasn’t at the interview, but in my email applying for the job. It was right after college and I really didn’t know what I was doing, so I just had my resume saved on my desktop under “resume.”
I finished writing my cover letter, I attached my resume…or so I thought. I had accidentally misclicked when attaching and I attached a…not work appropriate gif instead.
I had already clicked send before I realized my mistake, but luckily I was using gmail and was quick enough to be able to unsend it and attach the right file.
21. My first job interview was with a recruiter for the Army. You could say showing up was my biggest mistake.
22. I was applying for a fast food job. We went over my application and all that jazz. So far, so good. Then the manager says “Who’s important?”
Me (totally confused) “Excuse me?”.
Manager-” Who’s important?”
Me (still clueless) “Everyone is important”.
Manager (nearly weeping at my cluelessness) “The customer! The customer is important!”.
I didn’t get the job.
23. Interviewing for a part time job at Kmart as a summer gig in college.
HR Director: “So everything looks good. If you ever need a job reference or a letter of recommendation, come see me at the end of your employment here and we’all see what we can do!”
Me: “Oh that won’t be necessary, I have references from real jobs already.”
I still got the job but wow!
24. Said Well, thanks for coming in. I was the one who had comed in.
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25. Went to an assessment centre recently for a job at a very big it/business company
-I told the interviewer ‘I’m nervous’ when I walked through the door
-I said no when asked “do you have any further questions?”
-I was very bossy and uncooperative in the group activity task
-I applied for a job that was unrelated to my degree
-I suggested cheating when doing a group activity task which resulted in the assessors sighing loudly (usually they don’t interact with the candidates at all)
and to top it off i lost my train tickets so I couldn’t get reimbursed for the 100 journey fees.
26. When asked why I wanted to work for McDonald’s, I said that I wanted money mainly
I didn’t get the job.
27. I went to a job interview that was basically a front for hiring pyramid salesmen. My mistake, not leaving early enough. Strangely I spent 6 hours there, what a waste of a day.
28. “What position are you interested in taking in our school?”
“Defence against Dark Arts”
29. The boss agreed to the first salary I suggested for myself, so I took that to mean I should have asked for more.
30. Was honest and said I was using it as a temporary stepstone to a better job.