13 Excruciatingly Bad Job Interview Stories
These horror stories truly put the “fun” in funemployment.
We set out to find the most disastrous, awkward, how-is-that-possible job interview stories on Reddit … and the results were sort of excruciating. Here are 13 of the worst ones:
“I used to manage a Blockbuster, and after one particularly awful interview, I walked the candidate out towards the parking lot. The alarms went off. It turned out he stuffed three DVDs in his suit jacket before being called back to the office.”
“I worked as a manager at an ice cream store in high school and staffed the store with other high schoolers. One day a middle-aged man who was the empitome of a drifter (face tattoos, beat-up leather clothes, big knife on his belt) came in and asked for an application. I obviously wasn’t going to say ‘no,’ so I handed him one. He proceeded to fill it out in store and turned it in. His previous work experience was from a liquor store he worked at for two weeks about 10 years ago. Reason for leaving? Got in a fight with his manager. Job before that? Liquor store 14 years ago and worked for a week. Reason for leaving? Differences with his manager.”
“I was hiring at a university-neighborhood store, and most employees were college students. This one guy showed up three hours late. I interviewed him anyway because it just seemed easier at that point, and I didn’t mind killing a few minutes. In the interview, he said that he didn’t care about anything other than playing tennis. And shortly afterwards I realized that he was crazy high.”
“I had a guy show up 40 minutes early for an interview, obviously crazy nervous. Thirty minutes later me and my team greet the guy, and you could tell by the fantastic handshake the nerves were still there, and this may not go well. Motioned him to the board room to do the interview, we sat down and before I had even asked the first question, he had barfed all over the table. Funny thing was he was one of the better applicants, so he did get a call back.”
“I interviewed a guy wearing pajama pants.”
“I once went on an interview and my left ear had an infection in it. I sat down and yellow like drainage started dripping down the side of my face.”
“When asked about strengths and weaknesses, the candidate replied, ‘I crave KFC and often get myself a bargain bucket.’ I just didn’t know what to say next, let alone whether that should be considered a strength or weakness.”
“The guy showed up to his interview wearing pigtails, chunky club kid shoes, a kilt, striped tights, and a shirt that said ‘f—‘ on it in big block letters. I passed him on to my boss to interview.”
“This wasn’t during the interview, but I had a candidate send me a thank you note from an email address that started ‘easyskanking420.’ This was for a finance position.”
“I had a sales candidate tell me, ‘I don’t get out of bed for less than $200K USD per year.’ I let him stay in bed.”
“The guy brought his mom in with him, and she answered the questions I was asking him until I asked her to wait outside.”
“I asked the candidate if he considered himself a punctual person. He responded with, ‘Well I’m not a grammar nazi or anything.'”
Stories have been edited for length and clarity.