“What Happened During An Interview That Made You Realize You Wouldn’t Take The Job No Matter How Much They Offered You?” (60 Answers)


Employment – love it or loathe it, you're never getting away from it. Though the process has been around for thousands of years, our society still fails to make the conditions comfortable. Many organizations are the victims of toxic cultures; microaggressive managers, overly competitive, and, at times, backstabbing colleagues – basically all the things that make your working hours practically unbearable. 


Moreover, the job search itself can also be pretty unpleasant. For instance, when you're attending an interview for a position, it's not uncommon to feel like you're being interrogated. Most of us tend to forget that the whole point of employment lies within a service exchange, meaning that both parties are equally important. 


"What happened during an interview that immediately made you realize you wouldn’t take the job no matter how much they offered you?" – this online user took it to one of the most popular subreddits to find out about other people's experiences with job seeking. The question has managed to receive over 6.4K upvotes and 2.8K worth of stories.


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#1

Stupid interview games. The d**kheads put me at a low table with a low chair, placed water in a carafe with an empty glass - all just out of reach so that I'd have to stand and reach for it, and then interviewed me as a panel of six employees sitting at a tall table with tall chairs. The questions were all more about my character then my skills. The whole thing was so obviously staged to make me feel uncomfortable.


An interview is a conversation, not an interrogation. Treat it like an interrogation, and I'm f*****g out. It's a clear sign of a toxic workplace - I've yet to see an exception to this rule.

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#2

The interview was uneventful, except for at the very end, when he asked: "Is there anything I need to know about you now, before you start, that would be a problem if it came out later?"


Me, entirely confused: "...Like what?"


"Oh, I don't know, if you have a criminal record for example, or if you're gay"

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#3

"and what is the starting wage for this job?"


"Does it matter?"


BYE

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#4

I tried getting a job as a telemarketer once. The interviewer had me go into another room and call her, and she would pretend to be a person I'm trying to get money from. I started into the scrip, and she said, "Oh, but I'm just a poor college student with no money!"


Even though I knew she was just pretending, I still felt terrible. I knew that I could never do that work in real life. I told her that my coming there was a bad idea and I had to leave.

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#5

Three of four people who interviewed me spent the entire time talking about how bad the company was and why I really don't want the job. The fourth was the CEO. His story was different.


I didn't take the job.

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#6

When she started explaining that my 'role' in handling payments would involve depositing 'client payments' into my own personal account before transferring it to 'the company'.


I may be dumb, but I didn't fall off the turnip-truck yesterday.

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#7

They called me back for a… 5th interview… after that I had enough and told them it was getting a bit much and I’ll take a pass.

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#8

My brother once had an interview for a cooking position at a local restaurant. He walked in and immediately ran into a female employee who was crying and yelling "F**k you John!"


John was the guy who interviewed him.

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#9

I had a 3 hour interview where everyone on the interviewing team was friendly, enthusiastic and making constant comments about "you'd fit in well here", "you're a gamer? we are too - we could organize some LAN games", "you know XX? We really need someone with that experience".


Then the C-Levels came in. They feigned disinterest, had side conversations and comments to me were all in the line of "maybe we'll go with you, maybe we'll just outsource - why don't you convince us", "maybe we should just take you on a contract basis to start until you prove yourself", "maybe we'll just hire two juniors for that salary you're asking for" - while the team cringed.


I cut them off saying "it seems like you've got a great team here, but I'm not interested in working for hostile management". Then they completely changed their tune and were trying to backtrack. It was obviously their idea of "salary negotiation". They called several times afterward asking me to come back in, but I wasn't having it.


Surprise, the company was sold not long afterward and I hear they cleaned house.

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#10

I interviewed for a job that was ostensibly a tech role: updating and maintaining the company’s website. Midway through this hourlong interview, they asked me if I’m comfortable with sales, because they said half the role would be cold-calling customers and there’d be minimum monthly sales targets to meet.


I am one of the most introverted people to ever introvert, so no, I would not be comfortable with that. I wouldn’t have even applied for the job if they’d been at all explicit in the listing about it having a significant sales/customer contact component.


They didn’t call me back, and I was relieved.

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#11

Asked me if I would be willing to take a three month deferment while under a "Probationary" period. If after 3 months, they didn't like me, they'd let me go and give me a check for $0.10 on the dollar for every dollar/hr worked. If they kept me, I'd get a check for all my hours, plust a bonus of $500 for office supplies, but I could only buy out of their selected catalogue. I almost laughed in her face.

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#12

This was a grad school interview, so slightly different, but still fully convinced me to divert my focus to other programs and interviews completely. I was asked to prepare a five minute presentation that I would give via zoom at the start of the interview. About a minute into the presentation, the interviewer got up and walked away from her laptop before returning about a minute later. She missed 20% of my presentation.


I kept giving my presentation because there was also a student representative on the call, but the faculty interviewer neither apologized nor acknowledged leaving during my presentation. If I am not worth five minutes of your attention as a prospective student, then your program is not worth my tens of thousands of dollars. Lucky for me, I was accepted into my first choice program that same day.

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#13

I went to interview for an entry level marketing position in the film industry. Two hours in the boss slipped in that I wouldn't be paid for the first few months while they trained me. It was a full time job. He also wanted me to start immediately that day using my personal laptop. I made up an excuse and left shortly after.

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#14

"Let's start with a prayer"


F*****g nope.

#15

The doctor interviewing me asked what I feel I can improve upon. I said that I hoped to have better boundaries with my patients and my job. She immediately said, "Oh, I have NO boundaries. You can't have that when you own your own practice."


That was my red flag moment ?


I won't ever work for someone that cannot recognize the worth of having appropriate boundaries. It is a recipe for burnout.

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#16

I interviewed at a "no excuses" charter school. They gave a scenario where a student comes in to class and doesn't have his homework done. He says it's because he spent the previous night in the ER because his brother was shot. School policy is that unfinished homework is a mandatory detention.


I could not, in good conscience, answer that question the way they wanted.

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#17

I was told the person I would be supporting as an Executive Assistant was on his third wife, he has 6 kids and that I should include the wife in certain decisions so that she doesn't feel insecure (being the 3rd wife and all). Ain't nobody got time for 3rd wife insecurity drama

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#18

Asked if I had a family first interview. They don't want someone who has to leave on time to take care of kids or is interested in their own life

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#19

This was during a phone screen rather than an interview. Time frame was 1997, during the height of the .com boom. I'm a programmer. The screener told me that they were a 'fast-paced company' and I asked for some clarification on what exactly that meant. After some evasive answers, I asked more directly what kind of hours people worked and found out that many people were working 60+ hours a week. I politely declined. The company did have an IPO in early 1999 that could have been lucrative for me, but I had an 18 month old daughter and another on the way - I was changing jobs to be able to spend more time with them, not less. I feel very good about that decision.

#20

Wasn't the interview per se, but I caught a glimpse of a whiteboard in HR that had a bullet point list that seemed to be things to talk about to convince people to join the company, and one of the items was, "Not a cult."

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#21

Back when I was unemployed long term, I was applying for roles anywhere I could find really.


Got an interview for a retail position, not great but better than nothing.


First interview is a group one, I get through that fine.


Second interview is with the manager of the store.

He spends like 10 minutes telling me how s**t my resume is.

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#22

One of the interview questions was would I be willing to immediately fire a single mother who depended on the company Heath insurance for her register being off 50 cents.

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#23

They took issue with me saying I wanted to watch my daughter grow up when they asked how much overtime I was willing to work.



Yes, it was sarcastic and I said it in a way I knew would torpedo the interview. I was insulted by the question. I'm not a slave.

#24

1) He was looking for a “personal assistant” and I don’t even think he asked me my name, much less anything about qualifications. But he did sit next to me on the couch in his office ( the only seating other than his desk chair) and told me I looked perfect and to come back tomorrow morning to start right away. I felt lucky to get out of there without be assaulted, obviously never went back.


2) I was interviewing at a Dr’s office. The office manager was running late and another tech was showing me around. She was casually telling me “who sat here and who sat there” and how long they had worked there. I quickly realized, in a staff of about 16-20, EVERYONE, including the office manager I was about to meet, had been there less than 6 months. Nope! There’s something causing a lot of turnover and I don’t need to know what. I asked the tech to apologize for me and said I couldn’t wait, I had to pick my stepson up from soccer

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#25

The amount of lies discovered during the interview itself. They tell you one thing online and in emails, only to see something different when you show up and go through the interview.


If there was already that much lying and falsehoods seen during the interview, no telling how much worse it actually can be. Could understand why the person left.

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#26

I got through the interview and a day of training for a sales associate job in the hand bag department of a big department store and was shadowing an employee before I got in the schedule. It was going pretty well, I like everyone I met and the person I was shadowing (who would be my co-worker in the department) was very sweet and helpful……but then I met the only other worker in that department.


She was an older woman who, before I could even introduce myself, immediately starting criticizing what I was wearing, how I was standing, and how I was smiling. Apparently my eyes were blank, my smile was dull, and I looked “simple”. Then just walked away. I was a little too shocked by her abruptness to respond right away and just stood there.


The sweet coworker apologized up and down for the other one’s attitude, but the damage was done. I had a moment of pristine clarity and knew if I didn’t leave now I’d be stuck with that awful woman in a terrible job for years.


I called the HR office the following day to explain the situation and all they said was “if you quit over the phone you’ll be blacklisted and can never work at another DEPARTMENT STORE NAME again”. I told them I was perfectly comfortable with that and hung up.


It was a blessing in disguise really. About 2 months later I had a very nice, well paying office job and heard that department store was laying off half its work force.

#27

I talked to a company who offered 125k a year. On the next phone call I was told he had no right to offer that and dropped it a significant amount. So I hung up in the middle of my talking to them in a very calm voice.


It’s an old trick, they never believe you’ll hang up while you’re talking calmly.

#28

After 2 panel interviews, was invited for a lunch with the team - I pretty much knew I had the job, the offer was just a formality by that point. Went to a random buffet restaurant at a forgettable hotel miles from the job site (which was really odd). Carpooled with the team and it was a very weird vibe during the ride and getting to the table - everyone was walking on eggshells around the manager, laughing too loudly at her jokes etc.


As soon as we sat down, the manager went up to get her food, and the rest of the team stayed at the table - when her phone started ringing (she'd left it on the table), they were panicking to be the first one to get it before the 2nd ring. They were so deferential (almost comically so), and so worried about what might happen if the manager got upset, I just couldn't see myself working there. I turned down the offer when it did come in the next day. Saw the job advertised again a few months later, wasn't surprised. Always trust your gut.

#29

I'm a senior level programmer and the company was only offering two weeks vacation, non-negotiable. Lol....hell no.

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#30

Back in 2008, I saw a posting on Craigslist for a writing job. During the interview, it became clear to me that the actual job was to create and maintain hundreds of fake email accounts and post fake reviews for products I never used. I hadn’t heard of this concept before (hey it was 2008), so I just chuckled at one point and blurted out, “Isn’t that illegal though?” Thankfully I never heard back from them.

#31

They interviewed me for the job they thought I should have, not the job I applied for.

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#32

A no-harm-no-foul approach to child protection. I was interviewing for a teaching job, arrived at the school, said why I was there and before I even gave my name they waved me through, past the locked doors and into a waiting room. Nobody asked for my name, DBS or ID, and within 10 minutes I was on my own with 2 children being given a tour of the school which included parts of the grounds that were pretty far out of sight of the building. The interview date was posted on the job listing online so literally anyone with Internet access could have found out the school was hosting interviews that day. They hadn't taken a single step to check I wasn't a convicted child molester, kidnapper or murderer. When I expressed my concerns upon meeting actual members of leadership, they *then* asked my name and to see my DBS, then said 'Well, they should have checked, but it's all fine, isn't it?'


I left.

#33

After the job interview they said they will call me in one week. A month has passed and I still didn't get a call so I decided to call them myself. They said "oh yea.. we remember you.. yea.. Um sorry about that we completely forgot to call you back. We already found someone (better)". Turns out That that someone then turned the job down and so they contacted me again to see if I was still interested after two months. I said "No thanks. I already got a job."

#34

I made a joke about being multilingual but that Japanese wouldn’t be useful for this job. (There we’re near no Japanese speakers where the job was) the interviewer insisted I speak Japanese to this Chinese woman who was in the building to prove I could speak it. Then when I refused because the lady was CHINESE he laughed and said he knew I was lying. I walked out.

#35

I was interviewing at a nationally known survey company back in the early '90s. I was a database administrator and they were planning on migrating their data from flat files to a database.


The last guy I interviewed with would have been my direct supervisor. One of the things he said in the interview was that he didn't think they really needed a database.


Database administrators were in short supply back then and you could essentially write your own ticket. There was no way I was going to waste time trying to work with someone who would fight the very concept of my job description.

#36

I went for a job interview and aced it, knew I would get it as soon as I left. A few days later I got called by the recruitment agency that advertised the job online and told me to go to their office to sign a contract. I head up there, and got this 10 page contract telling me that they will hold my pay and only pay me after they take a percentage every month. They may or may not also hold my pay for some other reason should they deem fit ie: if you were to take sick leave during probabtion etc etc. They said that the company Im working for will hand my cheque to them and then they will pay me.


I read it, said I need to go downstairs for a drink and never came back. They called me for months and I just ignored them. To think, that there were people out there who signed these dumb things.

#37

The CEO of the company asked us (yes, it was a group interview) to make a vow.


He said that every time we made a mistake, his accountants would calculate how much money our mistake cost the company. He asked for us to promise that any time this happened, we would voluntarily choose to pay the company for what they determined their lost revenue was.

#38

had me wait for 2 and a half hours while the guy that was supposed to interview me was in his office with a buddy and they were laughing (and probably drinking)


edit: i forgot to mention that the “interview” was a 2 minute conversation and it went like this:

-Have you worked in a similar position before?

me- no its my first job ive never worked anywhere

-Well we need people with experience so we cant hire you.

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#39

I disclosed my autism and the interviewer asked me if I was going to "run around screaming with my hands in the air" if I was having a bad day.

#40

The first 30 minutes of the interview was the woman who would have been my boss listing off her accomplishments. She was the director of a tiny museum in a small town where we had just moved to for my wife's job. It was uncomfortable, and the two board members present looked even more uncomfortable than I was.


I don't know if she was intimidated by me (I was more qualified to work there than she was), or if she just liked singing her own praise, but I immediately thought, "you couldn't pay me enough to work for you."


After her 30 minutes of self-congratulations, there was approximately half a minute of silence. Then I looked at the two board members and said, "Right. Were there any questions for me."


I was called that night and offered the position. I turned it down. One of the board members who was present called and asked if there was anything they could do to get me to come on, pay was negotiable within reason for a tiny museum in a tiny town. I was candid and said I would never be able to work for that director. Board member said, "believe me, I completely understand."

#41

The very first question was if I was comfortable with working long hours and often on the weekends.


Edit because this seemed to resonate; separate your rate from your worth, always. Work to live, don't live to work!

#42

I was once told, "it is very important here to not let your morals get mixed up with doing good business". I took the job due to desperation and man was it a shady company. they started asking me to straight up lie to customers about their investments about 6 months in and I was fired when they realized I was telling my clients the truth. The company ended up going bankrupt and getting several lawsuits against them. I gladly helped the DA with the most recent one and am happy to say the company lost. f**k that company and their supposedly " good Christian" owners.


edit: just to give a further idea of how s**t this company was, they were partially an app development company and taking people's pretty large investments to do the apps while not actually having a team of people that made the apps. they were telling me to tell people it would be done soon when it hadn't even been started on yet. they were also an idea development company that took money from people with even the most hare-brained crazy ideas (one woman had a vibrating vest for instance. another had a cane with Christmas lights on it) and promised they could get them into a ton of big box stores while not actually having any contacts in those stores (and simultaneously claiming they were amazing ideas). the company's founder was in various reputable magazines as a "brilliant young up and coming CEO" and got the business featured on various "fastest growing and most promising start up" lists. when it got to the breaking point with the apps they claimed hackers erased their main database with all the finished apps on it and did some interviews on the "very real dangers of corporate hackers". they didn't even have a centralized database, nor the finished apps to store on one if they did.

#43

I was hanging out with friends in a diner in Los Angeles one night way back in the early ‘90s when I was approached by a producer for MTV’s “The Real World.” She said they were casting for the second season and invited me to audition. It sounded like it might be fun so I said sure why not, and proceeded to make it far into the process, through like four rounds of interviews, meeting the executives, etc.


At first, all the questions were about my interests, my aspirations, my background, that sort of thing, but as it went along, ALL they wanted to know about was what sort of people I hated, who I could see myself in conflict with, what personality traits were most likely to make me angry. Suddenly it didn’t sound like a lark anymore; it sounded like a psychology experiment, and not in a fun way. So I said thanks but no thanks and noped out of there.


It sounds naive in hindsight—it’s reality TV, wtf did I expect?!—but this was early days. If the same thing happened today, first I’d be flattered, and them immediately I’d be like hahahano.

#44

After I got my bachelor's degree in engineering I interviewed for a position in a reliability lab. As part of the interview one of the people I met with was a woman with a masters degree in the same field who I would be working alongside. In addition to talking with her I got to see what she was doing and between what I saw and what she told me it was clear that the job they had her doing was way below her capability.


For context, I had worked as a technician in the field while I was in college and my tech job was both more challenging and had provided me a much greater amount of responsibility than what this woman who was clearly very capable and had a masters degree was doing.


I certainly hadn't gotten my degree to take a downgrade in responsibility.


The field I'm in is pretty small and I later ended up working with some other people who had been at that company and they all told me I made the right call.

#45

Production Facility - interviewing with plant manager for Quality Control position.


Plant manager had another plant’s quality manager sit in for the interview.


Plant manager was super critical of everything I said. Bashed some of my training courses and credentials. They’re super common trainings in my field, but the plant manager wanted more “official” trainings since he was a retired Navy officer who got all of his training through the government and not my globally recognized “third party” credentials.


The interview just kept getting more uncomfortable and I kept wondering if this guy was just trying to make me leave.


The other manager was super nice and asked questions related to my field and seemed really happy with my answers and credentials. It felt like good cop bad cop.


The quality manager ended up taking me on a tour of the facility. We talked candidly quite a bit. He was pretty sure I’d be offered something. I asked his opinion of the plant and the manager. He just replied with “well…you’d have to work with *him* every day.” And gave me a knowing look.


They offered me the position, I declined. The plant manager called me himself to let me know I wasted his time.


This would have been a 40% increase in my pay. Most would call it life-changing. But my line of work is stressful enough without a j**k plant manager breathing down my neck. I ended up finding a similar paying job that is virtually stress-free compared to my last job and I couldn’t be happier.


I have since received many, many calls and emails about that position and I have let the company know I have zero interest in working there. It’s been over a year and the position is still open. Wonder why?

#46

I had a scheduled interview and was sent to wait upstairs at the “executive level”. The woman who was to interview me had been called and told I was coming. I took a seat in front of her office window. I sat there for 45 minutes past my interview time. I almost left again and again because the whole setup seemed odd. She made me sit there, but never even stuck her head out the door to say “I’m running a little behind” or something to that effect.

We did finally have the interview. I took the job because it was a really great job in a small poor county.

It was the worst job I’ve ever had, ever.

Turns out she was a complete nut. The entire staff was scared to death of her from the yard guys that didn’t even work in the building to every person that worked directly under her. No one would work upstairs on the “executive level” because of her! They all crammed themselves in offices on the first floor and left that level empty to get away from her. People would confide in me because I had to work closely with her. They’d tell me, when I get out of a conversation with her I feel like a crazy person! The woman who had my job before me had apparently quit after having sort of a mental breakdown.

She treated employees like dirt and was the single most paranoid person I’ve ever run across. She thought people were breaking into her house to steal jewelry (with no sign but the missing jewelry) and also thought her daughter was lying to her about what books she needed to take a teachers degree in college. She thought people were recording her phone calls as well. She refused to give employees training or instructions so no one could ever say that she told them to do something that later turned out to be wrong. I was sat in my own office on the “executive level” and told to search a word document for how to do the job. By the time I left I’d be sick on Sundays thinking a out going to work on Monday, and that’s no way to live. I don’t care how good the job is.

Lesson is, if your gut tells you something is off in the interview, run.

#47

I once had an interview where I spent the majority of the day there. They took me around and introduced me to everyone (about 30-ish people), had a group lunch, etc. While everyone was very nice and the work seemed interesting, I noticed everyone looked very tired. At one point during the day, I was making small talk with a manager and the topic of travel came up. He then mentioned it had been years since he last took a vacation. After some questioning I soon gathered that not taking vacations was pretty common there.


I happened to run in to the same manager about a year later and he was happy to report that while he hadn't taken a vacation yet, he actually had one booked. He still looked exhausted.

#48

When I was job hunting last, at one of the places I got an interview, the recruiter straight up lied to me about what the position was, and the posting on their site was vague enough that I was suspicious, but didn't catch it before the interview.


It turned out that I wasn't qualified after all, so they didn't offer me the job and of course it was very embarrassing. They wanted a database admin, and my experience was essentially in desktop and below, so Qt apps, embedded, and occasional kernel hacking.


Even if they had though, the recruiter lying to you isn't a good sign. Their office was super gloomy too, although that was mostly the weather.

#49

I came from a gig as a junior developer, I interviewed for a developer role. I got in and their API was slow, their website basically a joke, and most of their reporting stuff was barely functional. I thought "Wow, I can really of purpose here. Why does it feel like I'm over qualified for this role though? It's just basic programming stuff and no advanced math." They seemed super excited and I said "So what's the compensation range for this role?" and their response was "This band can go up to $36,000 for the right candidate." ... and that made it all make sense. They never have had a developer because that's below entry level rates.

#50

Hiring manager asked me if I could start before day x, because they have a monthly hiring plan.


The company wasn't expanding

#51

He asked me if I was a crier because I “looked like a crier.” I was fresh out of law school and just told him I didn’t think it would be a good fit when he offered me the job. If someone asked me that now, I would walk out of the interview.

#52

It wasn't an interview but a "taster session" where I had to work there for 3 hours then make my decision.


A lot of the hardware didn't work, the guy training me was away and had to train me over a video call so whenever anything went wrong I was f****d and he would loudly sigh every time I needed something explaining. Because how dare someone need something explained to them on their first job

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#53

I had an interview at a small law firm once, with the owner. At the 10min mark of sitting in a meeting room alone, I got up and started heading down the hallway to leave. Was met by the owner, never said sorry, just said that it was a busy day.


Sat, talked, she explained that she wanted to up-end LegalZoom by creating the same service and expand it slightly to encompass a couple of other items. Mind you, they have no tech people and this was a small firm, very boutique. I stood up, shook her hand, told her good luck, hope she does well, and left the office promptly.


Hilariously, I got an email 2 days later that **they** were moving forward with other candidates. Laughed.

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#54

Not the interview but orientation. I sat down with the young woman and she just sighed and shrugged and said, "Look. I'm quitting by the end of the week. My boyfriend now makes enough money for me to be a stay at home mom. I don't care. Do you care? I don't really care. We're just going to watch the video and we'll just kind of hang out. Sound good? Great. I'll be back." She then waddled over to press play on the company video and left me there for almost an hour. I declined the job and left.

#55

A few years ago, I had a meeting with a startup. When I entered the office, I was greeted by all the founders and a couple other employees, and they were just so weird and cold towards me. Even before I sat down in the conference room, I knew the whole thing was a joke and that I wouldn’t work with them for any amount of money.

#56

It was a low paying retail job, but I’ve been interviewed at the same time as someone else. The issue I had with this is that it pits two people against each other and it becomes incredibly awkward. I was interviewing against a woman who had lost her job and was talking about supporting her kids. I felt like I had to make a stronger case saying that I didn’t know how I’d afford college without the job.


If an interviewer doesn’t have time for 2 separate interviews then just walk out because things will only get worse.

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#57

The company had a system where if your application wasnt totally dog s**t you could send in an interview time out of a time window. I schedule my interview for something like 3 o'clock so I arrive probably around 2:55 and i tell the host that im there for an interview. she runs to the back and comes back handing me a paper application and tells me i need to do that. all good not a big deal even though I did one online. I hand it back to her and she says "uh the managers are busy rn can you wait a minute or two for your interview" again all good, ive got nothing else going on i can wait.


I end up waiting for 45 minutes (i should have left then but listen it my second ever job i didnt really know better) until a guy comes out to talk to me AND HES NOT EVEN THE F*****G MANAGER THERES FOUR MANAGERS AND THEY COULDNT GET ONE TO COME TALK TO ME FOR LIKE 2 MINUTES. anyway theres more to this, so i talk to this guy and hes the head server, super chill dude he tells me if it were him he'd be happy to hire me and if i can come in the next day at 2 to talk to the manager. I regretablly agree


Come back the next day and the place is packed, 20 minute wait for a table and then whole lobby is full so im not really expecting much. the manager comes out and she brings me to a table that had yet to even be bussed, like I know your busy but id rather be standing up than sitting at a table with a half eaten burger in front of me. the interview lasts about 3 minutes and she tells me to come back the next day for paperwork.


I come back and theres another girl there also waiting to start her onboarding. we waited for 30 minutes until the manager came out to do our paperwork.


And I still work here to do this day... honestly really weird place super weird but i get like 15/hr plus tips for a hs job so ill take it

#58

Not me, but this kid in my scout troop applied for a custodian job or smth once. He said that the guy interviewing him was trying to subtly turn "custodian" into "personal assistant." Some of the added tasks were to pick up Starbucks for his boss, drop off his dry cleaning, and work unpaid overtime to polish his desk.


The kid wasn't even 18 yet.


Edit: I should clarify that the kid was a senior in high school at the time, so it could've been a mistake by the employer. Either way, though, that's not a good business practice.

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#59

Showed up and it’s a mass interview of 25 people mlm Ponzi scheme b******t.


Edit: I have a bachelors of science in psychology and sociology from FSU, which isn’t very lucrative. For a while, I went through a plethora of s***ty call center and marketing jobs. You find yourself at these awful interviews.

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#60

I really had a strange interview yesterday, but it didn’t put me off for the job.


Before attending it, a coworker on another team told me she interviewed with the same dude for an entirely different position before accepting the position here.


For context, dude is South Korean, about 10 years older than me, definitely ESL, and we are in the South. I moved here from Miami almost 4 years ago.


He said that he’s very competitive. I interpret that as his parents, uh, parented him hard on the path to success.


He asks me where my name is from. It’s Polish. Great Grandmother came over during WWII. He casually mentions Ukraine and their impending invasion. This grows into a cultural conversation and if I feel any attachment to that and if I’ve ever traveled to Poland (haven’t). I push back on to him and he says he’s South Korean, and he goes back.


This wasn’t confrontational. It felt share-y, genial.


He then asks me if I’ve traveled. Internationally. Yes, Canada, Iceland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Colombia, Hungary, etc. We talk about that for a bit. He segues this into international work I’ve done and where I’ve worked. He works in that the company is owned by a parent company in the UK and we will work heavily with our European contingent for materials and supplies stateside.


He asks me if I’m okay with traveling for the position. Yes. I tell him I don’t have any children, but I am married.


He gave me what would you do hypothetical situations, which he called imagination questions (an ESL thing, but I knew what he meant). He asked me at what point I would notify him, to which I replied, when you needed to know, or when I resolved it. I think I convinced him I knew what I was doing because he seemed satisfied with my answers.


He basically ended the interview by saying he sees me as a good fit for the position but we need to interview again. He tells me I’m not like most Americans he’s met. He follows that up by saying I’m definitely not like anyone here (the South), “I’m sure you know what I mean.”


When I compared notes with my coworker this morning, she told me she didn’t get the job. One of the reasons being he told her that he didn’t like that she didn’t travel internationally (by choice).