We asked local people to share their worst interview experiences with us and we weren’t disappointed. Remember no matter how bad it gets we’ve all been there and survived to tell the tale.
Balancing on a knife’s edge
Scrutiny and Support Officer
I was fourteen and was offered a trial as a waitress at an event, which would lead to a job in a local restaurant.
All went well and I successfully served all the meals, which everyone seemed to enjoy.
Finally the time came to clear the tables. Desperate to impress (and feeling a bit too confident from my previous success) I carefully balanced a whole pile of plates on my arm. I was trying so hard not to drop the plates that I forgot the things balancing on them.
As if in slow motion a knife slid slowly towards the edge of the plate and halted for a split second before toppling off the edge. But that’s not the worst of it – the woman sitting in front of me leapt up screaming as the knife clattered to the floor.
Everyone turned and the room went silent – all eyes were on me. The dirty, cold knife had slipped down the collar of her dress and slithered down her back on its way to the floor. Leaving her shocked and with a messy trail down her back. She was not impressed and I didn’t get the job.
Only fools and horses
Recruitment Strategy Manager
My best mate is a British Pakistani; in his early 20’s he went to an interview as a business analyst in a multi-national insurance firm. The interview seemed to be going well until he was asked a question about a scenario where he was given a task that he was unable to complete as every attempt he made had failed, he kept saying I would keep trying, until he realised that the question was not just about tenacity, but also knowing when your energies are better spent elsewhere. So, in a light bulb moment he said ‘well, clearly there is no point in smacking a dead cat’.
He was thinking of the old idiom ‘no point in flogging a dead horse’ but in the heat of the moment had mixed his metaphors.
When the panel looked at him strangely, he went on to dig a deeper whole – ‘oh, sorry that is an old Pakistani saying’ (a complete lie!)
Apparently the interview went downhill from there. He didn’t get the job.
He now works for a global corporation managing their UK call centre.
Damn those Pigeons
Media Communications Officer
Customer Services Advisor
I recall going for a job interview at Wilkinson many years ago. It was going really well when they asked me what did I know about the company. Before I engaged my brain I said “ it’s cheap”… It was out of my mouth before I knew it. They looked at me, I looked at them, and got a “Thank you for your time.” LOL, I didn’t get the job!