Students ask and I answer. In this case, the request was for interview tips which I’d love to do but hundreds of other bloggers have already addressed this sufficiently. Instead I’ve chosen a selection of awkward, uncomfortable, embarrassing and hopefully cringing stories about interviewing for a job solicited from readers of The AirBubble blog.
For all you recent college grads, hope these stories help.
“On my way to an interview, a bubble bee flew in my car. I freaked and abandoned ship. The car, not fully in parked when I ditched, drove into an intersection where it collided with another car. When I got to the interview, I told the human resources lady the story. She didn’t recommend me for the job because I couldn’t handle stress. She was wrong. I got the job because the hiring manager realized I showed up for the interview despite the accident.”
“I sat down in the interview chair. The guy interviewing me started to ask questions and then swiveled his chair 180 degrees. He conducted the rest of the interview with his back to me. Nice attempt to throw me off my game. Got the job anyway.”
“I’d make it through the morning interviews and the VP asked me to stay for lunch. I ordered ravioli with red sauce. Slippery little sucker slid off the plate on to my white interview shirt. Took the afternoon interviews covered in red sauce. Held my head up high and got the job.”
“While interviewing a guy in a midtown Manhattan office building, the Rodney King riots broke out in CA. New Yorkers panicked and businesses started to evacuate. There was a mad rush out of the city. We dragged the interviewee with us and continued the interview on packed subway of frightened, fleeing New Yorkers. He got the job.”
The moral of these stories – don’t let them see you sweat.
Regardless of the situation, handle it with grace. Whether the interviewer creates the discomfort or it occurs naturally, show them how professional you can be under pressure. And never order ravioli with red sauce!
Share your interview mishaps in the comments section.