The worst job interviews stories from Reddit

Oh the wonderful world of Reddit. A place where like minded people come together to offer advice, troll, speculate on stocks like GameStop, and tell their stories of the worst job interviews they have experienced.

For this article, we scoured the deep dark depths of Reddit and barely made it out alive.

Luckily for you, we came back with some of the most entertaining and shocking job interview stories we’ve ever seen.

1. Kill them with – honesty?

We have all heard that honesty is the best tactic but for this poor interviewee, perhaps they should have held back just a little bit.

Interviewer: “Tell us why you left your last job…”

Interviewee: “It was boring, I didn’t like it so I started calling in ‘slick’.”

Interviewer: “…calling in ‘slick’?”

Interviewee: “Yeah, telling my boss I was sick, but I really just didn’t want to come to work.”

Interviewer: “…”

Needless to say they didn’t get the job.

2. ‘Optimus Prime’

An interviewee recalled his experience at attempting to add a little humor into the interview process.

“I had an interview for a job as an electrical engineer specifically dealing with power systems. The interviewer asked if I would draw a transformer on the white board and explain how it works.

‘Okay’ I said, ‘Do you want Optimus Prime or Megatron?’ The interviewer was a bit older and obviously had no clue what I was talking about. I apologized and decided to draw a transformer with a beat red face. I am sure I looked pretty stupid at that moment and needless to say, I didn’t get the job.”

Using humor is a great way to alleviate the tension in an interview. It always works better if other people get the joke.

3. ‘Tactfully tactless’

One poor Redditor told of her experience dealing with a hiring manger who didn’t have an ounce of common sense.

“The interviewer insisted on knowing why I had left graduate school. Truthfully, I left graduate school because my advisor died in a car accident and the entire department was thrown for a loop. No one seemed to know or care what was to happen to me or my research project I just started.

The interviewer wouldn’t accept ‘My advisor died suddenly’ and dug into the gory details until I was almost in tears.

I couldn’t wait to get out of there, I had never been so humiliated in my life.”

You guessed it, she didn’t get the job. And that was probably a blessing for her.

4. The ‘spirit animal’

One of the most unique interview questions was asked to this unfortunate Redditor.

“At an interview for a tech startup, they asked me, ‘If you could be any animal, what would you be?’ 

I answered ‘Otter’ because you know, fun, active, work well with their hands, and cute.

They really debated whether or not to hire me due to that answer because, and I quote, ‘We only hire predators, never prey.’ They weren’t sure how to quantify an Otter because none of them had ever paid the least bit of attention to any sort of animal documentary or read biology or, you know, visited a zoo recently.

God, that job sucked hard.”

Always be a predator – never the prey.

5. The ‘multi-tasker’

She was gutsy, I’ll give her that.

“I am a restaurant manager and we were opening a new location and doing interviews. A woman came in for a management position and we started the interview. During the interview, she reached into her purse and pulled out a bag from Wendy’s and started eating. The other manager told her to put it away and she told him that it’s okay, she can multitask.”

I guess her idea was to show off her skills rather than talk about them.’

6. ‘Ol ‘sticky fingers’

I would give him a C- for effort on this one.

“I used to manage a Blockbuster and after one particularly awful interview, I walked the candidate out towards the parking lot and the store alarms went off. It turned out he stuffed three DVDs in his suit jacket before being called back to the office.

He did not get the job. Or Mama Mia, Fools Gold, or High School Musical 3 for that matter.”

They always say that employee theft is one of the biggest issues corporations deal with.

7. ‘Grammar Nazi’

The awkward silence must have been entertaining.

“I asked the candidate if he considered himself a punctual person. He responded with, ‘Well I’m not a grammar nazi or anything.’”

8. ‘The switch-er-oo’

“I had an Indian female candidate for a programming position that spoke perfect English during the phone interview.

I brought her in for the face-to-face interview the next week where she suddenly could barely understand English. She had a very different Hindi accent and really didn’t meet the minimum job requirements.

During our talk, I found out her husband paid someone else to do the phone interview just so we would bring her in person.”

Let’s hear your stories

We know you probably have one or two funny stories we would love to hear.

Do us a favor and leave a comment below about the worst job interview you have been part of over the course of your career.