Sometimes interviews can turn weird. We don’t mean in the sense of interviewers taking phone calls during the conversation or of questions so out of left field it’s hard to figure out their purpose. We mean weird in the sense of WTF.
Quora hosted a thread of some truly bizarre interview stories, which Business Insider helpfully sorted through to find the really interesting tech episodes. Among our favorites:
One woman, Nina Kumar, was having lunch at Amazon when her interviewer spread out his chips on her resume. She doesn’t say whether she got the job, but it had to be a humbling experience.
Then there was Dan Morrill, who listened to his host expound on how the company conducted a mass firing every six months, that survivors rarely lasted more than two years, and that he shouldn’t plan on getting too comfortable. We imagine that employer finds recruitment sort of challenging.
When he applied for a technical engineering job, Kee Nethery went through a two-day, two-night marathon of late drinking and clubbing, followed by long days of meetings and drinking lunches. “I had never had so much great food, great drinks, lack of sleep and being ‘on’ within one 48 hour period. It took days to recover,” he wrote. Turns out the company wanted to see how he did in business-social situations, since a fair amount of customer entertainment was involved in the job. Plus, it entailed lots of pressured trouble-shooting for clients, and the company needed a sense of how “reasonable and coherent” he could be when under stress without much sleep. He got the job.
Finally, there’s Rupert Baines. He was flown to California from Boston to interview with a “significant tech firm.” Over the course of the day he met with his prospective boss and a range of others. Everything was going along swimmingly until the time came to meet the CEO. The hour came and went: Rupert waited from his mid-afternoon appointment time until well into the evening. As they finally got to talking, an alert chimed and the CEO explained that it meant Rupert had missed his flight. An exercise in power and self-importance? Obviously. It was a fairly expensive one, too, since the company paid for Rupert’s hotel, dinner, and re-booked ticket. The kicker came when Rupert decided not to take the job. He received a shouting email from the CEO: “I HAVE A LIST OF THE TEN STUPIDEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. YOU ARE NOW ON THAT LIST. YOU IDIOT.”
Moral of the story: Good call, Rupert.
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