Share Your Worst Interview Story

Worst Interview

Few things are more of a letdown than a job interview that goes south. There you are, ready to talk tech and show them how well you can fit in with their team, and you find yourself across the table from someone who’s forgotten that they’re the one who called you in the first place. What makes it worse is you’ve got to keep your cool no matter what—it never pays to lose control, even if you decide you’d rather flip burgers than work at THIS place.

At least you’ve got company. More than a few people have found themselves squirming their way through a session that winds up somewhere between surreal and infuriating.

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How surreal and infuriating? That’s what recruiter Veredus wants to find out. To help, it’s asking tech professionals to re-enact their worst interview experience on video. You could win $500. Here’s how it works:

  • Create a video that’s no more than two minutes long and depicts your worst interview experience. Don’t use company names, and keep it Safe for Work.
  • Upload the video as an .mp4 or .avi file to Submissions must be received by Nov. 19, 2014.
  • Veredus will view and rank all the videos, then post the top three. The contest winner will be selected by a public poll run by Veredus.
  • The winner will be announced on Dec. 5, 2014.

You can find more details on Veredus’s website, here. If you’re thinking you’d rather keep the memory at bay, remember: They say it’s good to share.

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5 Responses to “Share Your Worst Interview Story”

  1. Tenson Robinson, PMP

    As an interviewerm I conducted a for a SW Developer. The candidate was qualified according to his resume, with a graduate degree in Computer Engineeering. The interview was going very well and I was leaning to make this candidate an offer until I transitioned into the technical side of the interview. I asked the candidate if he knew his numbering system he said yes. I asked him to convert 0xFFFF to binary. The candidate could not convert and this interview became the most surprising and awkward moment I have ever experienced as an interviewer. He was not considered for the position of course.

  2. Shantal

    I interviewed for a web development position at Starwood. There were two males in the room, one of which was an obvious ‘lapdog’ for lack of a better term. As soon as they saw me, a 5 foot 4 female enter the room they began to sneer. As the interview began, the manager kept taking calls on his cell phone and walked out of the interview at various intervals. He seemed to have a rather arrogant demeanor and listened to very little of what I had to say, I’m not quite sure why they bothered to ask me any questions. After about 15 minutes, he said that he was out of time, thanked me for coming and just left the room.

  3. don hricko

    Recently, I had a interview for a position. Had the interviews and sold myself well. Finally, was told the position was mine. I was so happy. Waiting for the Job Offer letter in the mail. Then, the call came from the company “my future boss” I thought. He told me the local HR was over ruled by the main HR that another person from another office who was low on work would be transferred to this position. This is the first time in my career a position was offered to me and taken away. Heart broken does not even describe the pain after being un-employed and think you did it. Then it is taken away and told if he does not work out I will be first in line. Obviously, this company has issues with their HR department at my expense.