View Full Version : What's your biggest mishap during a meeting or Job interview?

Aug 1st, 2003, 12:00 AM
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.

Miss Thang
Aug 1st, 2003, 12:50 AM
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! :fiery: Straight up ghetto! :lol: :sad: :o

Aug 1st, 2003, 12:55 AM
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.

Aug 1st, 2003, 01:28 AM
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.

Aug 1st, 2003, 01:30 AM
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!

the cat
Aug 1st, 2003, 01:32 AM
Asking too many questions about the position. And all of a sudden he asked me if he could ask me some questions. :o 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! :mad: 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! :D And learn to ask some questions otherwise they will grill you! :eek:

Aug 1st, 2003, 01:35 AM
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!

Aug 1st, 2003, 01:42 AM
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.

Aug 1st, 2003, 02:31 AM
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.

Aug 1st, 2003, 03:11 AM
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!!).

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 1st, 2003, 03:41 AM
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

Aug 1st, 2003, 06:36 AM
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!

Aug 1st, 2003, 02:09 PM
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. ;)

Aug 1st, 2003, 03:48 PM
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.

Mrs. Peel
Aug 1st, 2003, 05:18 PM
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?!?! :devil:

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...

Aug 1st, 2003, 05:30 PM
I always stuff up job interviews. I havent been to many, but i always end up saying stupid things, and not asking questions that i want to, or not mentioning enough positive things about myself so i look like a total idiot when really i'm not! I really hate them!

Aug 1st, 2003, 08:47 PM
Not really a mishap, but I made coffee come out of the big boss's nose during my second interview for this job. I made an offhand comment about a local college we'd both gone to and made him laugh just as he was taking a sip. I'm convinced that's what got me the job.

Aug 1st, 2003, 08:56 PM
First interview I ever had was for a job at the local Safeway. I desperately needed a job as money was tight, all I was doing was one night at an independent off licence/convenience store/post office.

Three weeks before the interview I knackered my knee up stage diving, landed on a solid oak floor directly on me knee... couldnt walk for a while after and was in a lot of pain. Anyway, the knee got better but I still had trouble climbing stairs...

And low and behold, after looking ok walking around before the interview, I had to climb a flight of stairs to get to the top, took me about ten minutes. Doomed from the outset, didnt get the job. It was pushing trolleys anyway...

Got a job at Focus DIY soon after.

Aug 1st, 2003, 10:26 PM
I have my "first" interview on Monday morning. :tape: :help:

Aug 1st, 2003, 11:01 PM
I hate those interviews, when there's a panel of interviewers. You just don't know how to sit. It feels like an interrogation!

I'm always better in less formal, one-to-one interviews.

Just a couple of days b4 I got my current job, I went for an interview which was a disaster, as I was 30 minutes late (due to long train delays), and I couldn't get a signal on my mobile to contact them. Still it worked out really well in a funny kind of way, as the job I did get was much more suited to me anyway.

Aug 9th, 2003, 05:46 AM
I have my "first" interview on Monday morning. :tape: :help:

I got the job and they asked me to start this Wednesday. So I've been on it for the last 3 days. And during the days I'm thinking to myself, "This must be penance. M'aidez."

Princess Fiona
Aug 9th, 2003, 01:29 PM
Wow, where do I start? :rolleyes: There was this one time I wore a shirt that was too small for me - I lost a button on the shirt and was exposing my bra to people!! :eek: (Actually, I don't think it was that bad - I managed to use my scarf to hide it a bit... I just looked a little uncomfortable at times... *blush* :) )

I don't like it when there's a panel interviewing either - I never seem to know the right thing to say... I have been known to go completely 'blank' at the interview!!

I think I was wearing offending shirt when I had my passport photo taken too!! Soo, an 'uncomfortable' looking passport, even more uncomfortable looking passport than usual!! lol... :eek: ;)