October 21, 2008, 6:00 am

Worst Job Interview

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Career
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A few weeks ago, I read a funny article about a horror job interview where Thicken My Wallet was the interviewer. That reminded me of a really bad job interview where I was an interviewer as well. I thought it could be funny to share my experience as I learned a lot on stuff that you must not do during an interview!

I have been working for the same department for about three years and I was about to get a senior advisor position in a few months. My manager at that time thought it would be a great idea to invite me to assist for a senior advisor interview he had planned with a candidate in the afternoon. I was all excited thinking that if I listen correctly and the guy gets the job, it would give me a head start when my time comes.

1st mistake

The guy presents himself with a suit and a non ironed shirt and no tie. In fact, it was not even a real shirt; it looked like those “cool shirts” that are meant to not be ironed. Those you wear on the beach actually! Dude! You are applying for a bank position at the head office! Hello!

2nd mistake

The kid (he literally looked like he was getting out of college) sits down before us and puts his keys on the desk. What was he thinking about? He surely wanted us to know that he was driving a Honda Civic ;-). Then he sits back in a relax way and wait for our questions.

3rd mistake

My manager was asking him routine question such as what is your background, why do you want this job, what do you know about credit and so on. Then, he comes with more interesting questions such as “tell me about a difficult situation you went through at work and tell me how you solve it”.

Here he goes like it was the chance of his life. I think he gave us at least five examples where he faced a though situation. If it was only that, we could tell he was nervous and didn’t want to miss the question. But the problem is that he was relating situations where he failed and where he had to refer the case to his manager because it was turning sour.

So he was basically telling us he has no skill in handling those kind of situations… no comments!

4th mistake

Since my role was to observe and take notes (trust me I did!), I wasn’t there to ask question. However, I give it a try with a simple one: “Can you handle pressure? Because this is the kind of job where you will be constantly on a timer to get your things done”

He answered that he could handle any kind of pressure any time. After demonstrating for 15 minutes his career failures, he tries to BS us on top of that? Come one, get serious here.

I must say that I learned a lot of stuff during this interview and I had one line in mind: “disappointed in humanities but not surprised”.

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Comments

Thanks for the mention. Wonder where the candidate ended up working?

by: The Financial Blogger | October 21st, 2008 (9:36 am)

You laugh but I’m sure he got a promotion since then… sometimes things happen and you don’t know why 😉

I once was the assistant director of a social service agency and part of my job was to vet resumes and screen/interview candidates. I was always shocked by the number of people who put very little time and care into their resumes… and I immediately deposited the careless ones into the recycle bin. Same for people who came to interviews in a totally unpresentable state. If you’re not putting forth your best image for an interview, I certainly won’t expect much of you on the job. Great post!

It is amazing how some people come to interview. I love it when they come in jeans or shorts. oh man it is so funny to see how many people are clueless.

Chad C.

Your are right financial blogger. He is probably working his way up the chain. I like how job interviews work, because it gives you a brief snippet of that person and their want for the job, however it doesn’t give you their drive and motivation. I think that it is important to bring someone back for more interviews maybe with another crowd, usually they will act and respond differently.

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Sigh. The depressing part is, this chucklehead is probably now working for My Beloved Employer and earning twice what I earn.

And what was with the car keys? If it had been me, my first question would have been “Tell me, Mr. Chucklehead, what barn were you raised in?”

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Give the poor writing and grammatical errors in this article, I had to laugh at your arrogance. I wouldn’t think about employing you for a senior position.

by: The Financial Blogger | December 31st, 2008 (2:45 pm)

Russell,

If you can blog everyday in a second language, then teach me 😛
I would be very curious to see your French writing skills!

I have to echo what Russell said. Unless English is your second language, I wouldn’t give you any job above teller.

by: The Financial Blogger | December 11th, 2009 (7:07 am)

@George,
LOL! I am sorry to disappoint you but I have reached 6 figures at the age of 28…. and English is my second language 😛