People Share Their Job Interview Horror Stories

"I was interviewing for a job with Yahoo Maps.

Before the interview, the HR woman asked me if I needed directions to the Yahoo campus and I said, 'Oh, I’ll just google it,' and her response was, 'You mean you’ll Yahoo Maps it?' Needless to say, I didn’t get the job." - Reddit user kellywright00

"I had someone take issue with me (thankfully over the phone) over why I was no longer with my previous employer. I had signed a legal agreement to not discuss the incident with my previous employer in exchange for a decent amount of severance money.

Basically, 'here's some money if you won't sue us or talk ****.' I was simply trying to honor that agreement, but this douchebag would not stop pressing me for details. I ended up hanging up on the guy." -Reddit user kgva

"I arrived for the interview an hour early to make a good impression. I'd skipped breakfast, and my stomach was churning. I bought a soy milk from the vending machine and chugged it. Big mistake.

I ended up spending half an hour in the bathroom exorcising my insides of the soy milk, which made me late to the actual interview. I cried to the receptionist, and she told me it was a panel interview and I could still join in. This made my nerves even worse! When it was my turn to introduce myself, I stupidly stated that I wished to work for their rival company." -Reddit user livefastdieyoung

"I was hiring for a food service job. The interviewee was late, nervous, and unprepared, so I was expecting it to go poorly.

What I wasn’t expecting was for the interviewee to pick her nose, dig out a big, green chunk of snot, glance down to assess it, then eat it, all while answering a question. She did not get the job." -Reddit user senexbarbatus

"I had an interview once where I sat in front of a big-screen TV with a football game on, with the sound going. The interviewer was clearly trying to watch around me while asking questions.

Also, this was at about 8 AM, so this wasn't even a live game." -Reddit user StochasticOoze

"I had an interview at a bank once too. I had years of cashier experience, so I thought it would be pretty easy.

Then this dude makes me take a math test, on the spot, I froze. The dude laughs at me for being nervous, so I left." -Reddit user johannamaeja

"I had a phone interview a couple of weeks ago where my interviewer called late, spoke for about 90% of the time, refused to answer any of my questions, and ended the interview early by telling me he had to take a dump.

I was really disappointed not to get a callback because I wanted to be the one to reject the offer." -Reddit user Bruce9752

"I was talking to the CEO of the firm after a few conversations, and we really clicked. He asked me, "Do you smoke or drink?" and I assumed he meant weed.

I joked, "I wouldn't pass a drug test" and laughed out loud… Well, he meant cigs." -Reddit user donutshopsss

"A company flew me from New York City to their corporate headquarters in Los Angeles for a final interview. I sat down with the director of human resources, and less than five minutes later, I fainted.

I woke up sweaty and slumped over in my chair with the director standing over me in a panic. I was mortified!" -Reddit user rubber8monkey

"I applied for a technical position, and they asked me questions about marketing, and I didn't know what they were talking about, so I stopped them and told them that I didn't think it was going to work out.

Then I got up and left." -Reddit user ashesfaded

"I interviewed for a company that ran haunted houses. I was not prepared for questions like, 'What's your favorite swear word and why?' and 'Who in this room would you kill and why?' I got the job!

Looking back, I can say that it was funny, but at the same time, it was pretty jarring." -Reddit user hereorthere

"In Montreal, Canada. I was freshly arrived from Europe and applying as a teacher/training coordinator in a company.

Anyway, at the beginning of the interview, the supervisor told me off saying that they were looking for competent, not clean people. Hum...Yes, he was greasy-haired and looked homeless but still." -Reddit user SadieDunn

"I am a restaurant manager. We were opening a new location and doing interviews. A woman comes in for a management position.

During the interview, she reaches into her purse and pulls out a bag from Wendy's and starts eating. The other manager tells her to put it away, and she tells him it is okay, she can multi-task." -Reddit user Mynameisinuse

"Well, I was the one being interviewed, and I'm a nervous guy, so when I was leaving, I said, "Thank you for time," and the interviewer got a really weird look and said, "No, thank you for your time".

I'm getting better at people-ing, I swear." -Reddit user deleted

"When I was walking through the front door of the building, my heel got caught in the floor grate. The grate came with me and got jammed in the doorway, and I fell into the atrium, landing on my face with a loud, metallic clatter.

I did get the job, though!" -Reddit user StipYit