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Lunchtime Poll: 1/14 UPDATE: Now with more Peanuts Dance

It’s Friday! Everybody do the Peanuts dance! Unless you’re at your desk and your boss wouldn’t look kindly on such behavior.  Here at Persephone, a sportsmanlike Peanuts dance is part of the interview process.  Speaking of interviews, today’s lunchtime poll wants to know about your worst job interview experience. 

I’ve been on both sides of the interview desk, and I have pretty good stories from each.  I interviewed for a receptionist position that required an IQ and psychological test for a whopping $4.75 an hour.  As I was bubbling in replies to questions about how I felt about my mother and embezzling, the guy who would have been my boss came in and said “You have really big boobs.”   I did not finish the test before I made a beeline for the exit.  As an interviewer, my favorite moment was a fella’s response to the stupid What is your worst flaw? question.  Without missing a beat, he replied “I called in sick to my last job once a week so I could play video games.”  The really scary part was that I was the only one in the group of managers who said no to hiring him.

What about you? What’s your favorite job interview horror story?

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

6 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: 1/14 UPDATE: Now with more Peanuts Dance”

I have only been an interviewer in the context of doing group interviews (as in, one interviewee and a bunch of staff). Those were all fine, except that this one woman everyone wanted to hire was so. boring. The staff at that agency was jokey and hung out in our spare time, and I knew she wouldn’t fit in. She was offered the job but declined.

As an interviewee I have been on so many interviews where people answered personal calls! One interview the director of the agency never actually introduced herself to me and checked her blackberry the whole time.
I had two interviews at a job I ended up taking. One interview was with the woman who would be my sup and it was fine. The second one was with another supervisor, who I guess they were considering putting me with. He answered a cell phone call from his son and barely asked me any professional questions. When I started work there it turned out that he was ALWAYS yelling at his son on the phone about stuff and he was a complete moron.

I haven’t had too many bad ones. I’d have to say the worst was the first time I had to be the interviewer. I was nervous, and I make jokes when I’m nervous. Unfortunately the woman I was interviewing was older than me, rather stern and apparently had no sense of humor whatsoever. I walked away feeling like I had failed and would quite possibly get a detention.

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