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What's your biggest mishap during a meeting or Job interview?

I went on an interview today and realized that I didn't ask anything about the position...this occurred to me a hour after the interview. I know the HR person realize it too. I didn't ask what are the duties of the position or anything.......not even the salary....and it was something I wanted too......this sucks big time.

When I think of life, sometimes my response is "Oh Damn!". But I still think of life anyway, "Oh Damn!!!"
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It was last summer and I was in a rush and got all my trains mixed up. It was a hot sunny day and anyway chile like a fool I raced up to the office with only like a minute left before my interview. I went in and gave the lady my ish and answered all the questions and what have u only to realize when I was goin down on the elevator that I had my sunglasses on the whole effin time! Straight up ghetto!
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this was when i was 16, going for an interview to work with kids.

well i forgot i had the interview till my mom called me at my friends. by this time, i was already sooooo blazed. chingy, red eyes. i answered the questions horribly. ha. the lady was a **** anyway.


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Another mishap was when I sat there and stared at the interviewer and she asked me about the college I attended. I looked at her and realized that some info from my roommate's resume where on mine and I never attended that college. I told her that I was thinking about attending the college and wanted to see how it looked on my resume and forgot to take it off. I didn't expect her to call me. I was so embarrassed I thought she was going to have security escort me out the door. I actually tripped on the carpet on my way out the door....never again.

When I think of life, sometimes my response is "Oh Damn!". But I still think of life anyway, "Oh Damn!!!"
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Sweating. During a recent job interview, where I had to give a presentation, I was sweating so bad I couldn't see straight. Of course, I didn't get the job!
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Asking too many questions about the position. And all of a sudden he asked me if he could ask me some questions. I was stunned he said that to me. I wanted to crawl away and hide. And he also knocked my wardrobe. He was a real prick! It was the worst interview I ever had. And that's part of the reason I want to be in business for myself.

Keep going for the gold, Macc! And learn to ask some questions otherwise they will grill you!

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No mishaps, but I did have a risky moment... told the interviewer that I was familiar with certain software and techniques; got the job; went out and bought a book on that software and read it damn fast; started work the next day! "Mr Smooth" is my middle name!
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No mishaps, but I did have a risky moment... told the interviewer that I was familiar with certain software and techniques; got the job; went out and bought a book on that software and read it damn fast; started work the next day! "Mr Smooth" is my middle name!
Wish I could do that.

When I think of life, sometimes my response is "Oh Damn!". But I still think of life anyway, "Oh Damn!!!"
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That was like 8 years ago when I was living in Russia. American company for whose Russian subsidiary I was working back then ( one of probably first true attempts of software outsourcing ) just closed that subsidiary, so I didn't have any good job, I did have pretty decent offers ( like from Russian office of Oracle ), but wanted to move abroad. My knowledge of English was quite OK, but it was a typical knowledge of a person who learnt the language in his home country and has never really lived in a true English-speaking envirnoment. often got confused with idioms and the true meaning of the words in a context as opposite to a literal translation. So I was talking to a company in Portland, OR about a job position with them, and they seemed to be ready to proceed with finalising it and starting immigration paperwork, and then in interview they asked me something like whether I would consider moving to USA as a good challenge, and I interpreted the "challenge" word in a meaning of "problem" or "obstacle" rather then what was meant, so I answered in a line with "no, no challenge", and strangely, there was no further questions. At all. They just stopped talking to me.
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I was once on an interview panel and one of the applicants was so nervous she actually threw up before she could give any answera at all! As the junior and only female panel member I had to escort her to the ladies and help her get sorted out.

I later heard that was her first ever interview and she actually got the job at her next interview (by which time she had presumably lost her nerves or taken a prescription medicine!!).
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oh that would have to be when I went in wearing this mini skirt and halter top and then spread my legs sharon stone basic instict style without wearing any.... oh wait that was a dream

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I must be a really good interview because once I was been hired for job better than the one I interviewed for. When I interviewed for my current position, I was hired on the spot and there was someone sitting in the waiting room that was still waiting for her interview.

I think once when I was about 15 or 16, I thought I was being cute when I said to the interviewer, "Yeah, I don't really like working with people". That was the only customer service job I ever applied for, and I'm glad I did not get it!
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oh that would have to be when I went in wearing this mini skirt and halter top and then spread my legs sharon stone basic instict style without wearing any.... oh wait that was a dream
No it wasn't. You knew what you was doing.

When I think of life, sometimes my response is "Oh Damn!". But I still think of life anyway, "Oh Damn!!!"
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I arrived late. BIG no-no. I left home an hour before the interview to give myself time to get to the location. I'm making good time and have almost half an hour to spare when I see construction going around the roads. I took the detour thinking it would be no big deal, but as it turned out, I had to take the freeway and go the long way around and then backtrack. I had ten minutes to go and I'm going back and forth up and down this street, looking for a parking space. Absolutely none. Finally, a car leaves and I quickly pull in. Phew, I thought I'd made it. I looked at my watch and it's right on the minute I was supposed to show. I walk into the office and the secretary ignores me. She's on the phone yapping away to someone about her personal problems, so I take a seat. Another ten minutes later, the interviewer walks out and crosses her arms, and says, "May I ask why you're sooo LATE!?" I tried to explain the road blocks and the parking situation, but I'm not sure if she believed me. In any case, showing up late was a big mistake but probably fateful. Her looks bothered me for starters. She wasn't particularly friendly and she looked ready to implode after every sentence she spoke. She said she liked my neat handwriting from the cover letter (the job ad requested handwritten applications) and she said I had adequate related experience for the position, but that my lateness was going to cost me the job. I was fine with that. From the sounds of things, the job ad didn't accurately describe the position. Not only would I need to provide my own mobile phone (which I didn't have), but that I'd have to be on-call anytime of the day or night, seven days a week. (The company loaned out lighting and film equipment for functions and film productions.) I wasn't too happy about being bothered on the weekends. I walked out of the office feeling like the world was against me, but a week later I realized that it was probably fate telling me not to get this job. They mailed me a letter a week later telling me that I had been unsuccessful with my application. Usually, that's reserved for people who don't make the interview process. Well, it's customary around here anyway. So bloody professional.

Anyway, now I have the job I want. It fits in very well with my lifestyle and I get paid a generous amount. It probably helped that I knew the boss outside of the workplace. He knew what I was like and hired me on the spot. He wasn't even looking to fill any positions. He just gave me a job because he knew that I was willing to learn and he knew that I would be a tireless and responsible worker for him.
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No mishaps, but I did have a risky moment... told the interviewer that I was familiar with certain software and techniques; got the job; went out and bought a book on that software and read it damn fast; started work the next day! "Mr Smooth" is my middle name!

How long did you keep that job, hmmmm?!?!


I've been racking my brain and I can't think of any mishaps during a job interview...at work, yes...but I usually get the job I'm after...effortlessly.

hmmmm...but maybe....Many many years ago, I went for an interview with a Camera Sales Centre. I have this very exotic name...my name sounds ripped from the pages of a romance novel. On my resume it just stands out and one can make assumtions of what person has this kind of name. I can't imagine who the manager thought he would meet, I know he definitely counted on someone White to walk through that door, not my black/latina, pierced person....heeee...I was trying not to laugh at him throughout the interview....I was thinking to myself...not what you were thinking, eh? Pshaw....I was overqualified anyway...a week after that I got the job that changed my life...
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