Interview Horrors, Just in Time for Halloween

Jack O'LanternsEvery seasoned recruiter has experienced a nightmarish interview, so in honor of Halloween, here’s a collection of ghoulish tales from around the Internet. Enjoy!

  • The candidate who was so desperate he handcuffed himself to the desk and told the interviewer he wasn’t leaving until he got the job.
  • The candidate who brought the interview to a halt, in order to dial her therapist for guidance on how to answer a question.
  • When asked what person they would most like to meet, living or dead the applicant replied “the living one.”
  • The applicant who spent the entire interview bellyaching about her former boss, unaware that the interviewer was related to her him and had the same last name.
  • The applicant who forgot dark socks to wear with his suit, so he colored his ankles with a black felt-tip marker.
  • The candidate who said that by crossing the Maryland state line he was in violation of his probation, but felt the interview was worth the risk of possible jail time.
  • When a candidate was asked about his greatest accomplishment, he replied that it was writing a short novel. When the interviewer said, “No, I mean something you did while at work,” the candidate replied, “But I did write it while at work!”
  • The candidate who was asked to name her greatest weakness and replied “My Chihuahua—I just can’t resist him when he looks up at me!”
  • The balding candidate who abruptly excused himself and returned to the interview a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece.
  • The candidate who said he was so well-qualified that if he didn’t get the job it would prove that the company’s management was incompetent.

What’s your favorite interview horror story? Share it with us by posting a comment below.

One Response to “Interview Horrors, Just in Time for Halloween”

  1. 1) I was interviewing a Sales person for my office and I told the candidate he had to really be able to think on his feet- he asked “what does that mean”? NEXT!

    2) Had one take a call from his cell phone and leave the room. But that wasn’t as bad as when I left the room later to get him water I came back and he had his full size laptop busted out on the table checking email (or something). I was only gone like 4 minutes. NEXT!

    3) Had a woman ask me if I was married during a pretty intense interview. NEXT!

    4) This one is post interview but pre-start. My 40 something year old candidate emails me at 4:30 the morning he is to start and informs me he has had a diving board “accident” and is too injured to start!!! He didn’t realize it at the time that he would in-fact be starting- but I did!!!!!!!!

    After 17 years of Recruiting I have stories!!