We’ve all got a bit nervous and said the wrong thing during a job interview. We’ve been late, arrived flustered, answered questions wrong in panic. But we haven’t had the police called on us, to our best recollection...
But this has indeed happened and, as per a viral Reddit thread, over 4,000 hiring managers and bosses have shared the worst things people have done while being grilled for a gig.
We’ll start with the police incident. A manager said they called the rozzers after, in an answer about hobbies, an applicant said he “collected random things that ‘pretty’ women threw away.” Alarming, to say the least.
If that wasn’t bad enough, another said an applicant refused to attend her interview unless the company sent a limo to pick her up. Respect. The generous company even offered a taxi but this wasn’t good enough and so the interview never took place.
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More? Yes, sure. Another sent someone home who started listing all of her ex-boyfriends who worked at the company and said she “couldn’t wait to see the look on their faces when she showed up to work.”
And another said their interviewee spent the whole time picking his nose. Let’s just hope he didn’t go for a post interview handshake.
The guy we truly admire is the analyst who told a potential future employer that he used to play poker at work while juggling a lunchtime shift at pizza store next door.
“He bragged these things to me as if I, a relatively young professional at the time, would think he was cool. Or maybe he thought it demonstrated his ability to multitask and still get his job done. I have no idea. Either way, we did not extend him an offer.”
If people like these ultimately manage to find jobs, we look forward to the world having a 100% employment rate by next Tuesday.