Interviews: No good - just the bad and the ugly

Disclaimer: This isn’t one of those posts to offer advice which will transform you into an interviewing machine, but rather a collection of stories to let you know there’s always someone who has “been there”. 

  • In order to clear his mind, one interviewee decided to spend the morning surfing. Unfortunately, that wasn’t all he cleared, as he discovered later in the day when he leaned over to shake hands with the interviewer and his sinuses gushed out all over her.
  • Everyone knows the platitude, “be yourself”, however, sometimes that just isn’t enough. A (smart and eloquent) data science guy was in the middle of a multi-stage job interview when he was pulled aside and told he definitely wouldn’t be getting the role. Apparently he “talked funny” (translation: too intellectual for the company).
  • A graduate was about to meet with a top tier consulting firm when she realised she had no memory of what role she was trying for (it was exam time). Without the benefit of smart phones, she decided to wing it. This approach didn’t go so well when the interviewer asked why she wanted that specific position, evident by his follow-up question “are you sure you want this job?”
  • One civil engineer had a fairly direct response to the dread question “What’s your weakness?” His response: “I’m too modest”. He didn’t get the job. Another engineer (software) wasn’t so keen on the role he was being interviewed for anyway so answered with “I’m lazy”. That was the end of that.
  • A soon to be graduating designer wore what she thought was a super professional designer dress, that was minimalist and tasteful, however this didn’t prevent the buttons from popping open accidentally and her not finding out until about halfway through the interview when she caught a glimpse in the reflection of the office’s glass wall. 
  • Two separate folk (an engineer and economist), can both testify that the response "Give me five minutes and I'll Google it", doesn't really cut it during an interview.

Cover image: The Art of the Brick by Barney Moss / CC BY 

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Photo by Barney Moss / CC BY 2.0 / http://tinyurl.com/hkcklxb