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Anyone have some really awful, or awkward job interviews over the years?

 

I mind one time I went for an admin gig in Pitrevie business park with some small firm and clearly the guy had a casting couch in his office, and a shop floor full of tarts.

 

 

Another way back when I was 18 was for an apprentice plumbing job. Knew f**k all, just wanted to get an income (£60 a week roughly ffs).

 

Sat being interviewed by a panel of about 8 c***s who grilled me with all sorts of shit including what makes water go through a radiator (had no idea)

Also then had the second part, a practical. Had to watch a tap being taken apart and put back together in a certain time. Hadn't the first clue what I was doing. Hated the experience.

 

Also one time went for a job whilst having a horrific black eye after tripping (sober) through a door kicking a bottle in the street. Said I hurt it playing rugby.

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I suppose it's better than posting about the football...

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I once left an interview at A-Plant in Dundee where I was told they wouldn't be contacting my reference and had to call this man to ask why counter terrorism were looking for him at work one day several years before. 

He laughed and said he never thought they'd have remembered him. 

He was *apparently* involved in procuring guns/Ulster nonsense. 

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I once left an interview at A-Plant in Dundee where I was told they wouldn't be contacting my reference and had to call this man to ask why counter terrorism were looking for him at work one day several years before. 
He laughed and said he never thought they'd have remembered him. 
He was *apparently* involved in procuring guns/Ulster nonsense. 
Dele I love you but I don't understand whats going on there.

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I was once the interviewer with my boss at the time and he effectively told a wifie she was too fat and would be unlikely to get the (secretarial) post. She was somewhat large and had been, bizarrely proud about guzzling a 2 litre bottle of coke every day.  He said he was surprised she had any teeth left as well.  It was one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life when at the end of the interview she trudged out of the room, rather downbeat.

Simpler times with no discriminatory repercussions for my boss.
 

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1 minute ago, Melanius Mullarkey said:

I was once the interviewer with my boss at the time and he effectively told a wifie she was too fat and would be unlikely to get the (secretarial) post. She was somewhat large and had been, bizarrely proud about guzzling a 2 litre bottle of coke every day.  He said he was surprised she had any teeth left as well.  It was one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life when at the end of the interview she trudged out of the room, rather downbeat.

Simpler times with no discriminatory repercussions for my boss.
 

"With my boss". Definitely wasn't alone single-handedly fat shaming Coke woman. 

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Just now, Dee Man said:

"With my boss". Definitely wasn't alone single-handedly fat shaming Coke woman. 

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I wasn’t allowed to be left alone on a room with a woman during those 5 years.

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2 minutes ago, Stellaboz said:
7 minutes ago, Dele said:

 

Dele I love you but I don't understand whats going on there.

Went for an interview. My reference worked for A- Plant years before (I was oblivious to this). The interviewer was around there at the time my reference was there. 

Some Anti Terrorist (not sure of branch) went into his work (or, last known work) looking for him. 

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Not a job interview but that time the police interviewed me for the Jill Dando murder wasn't my most enjoyable experience, thankfully they framed the local nutter for it and all was good.

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9 minutes ago, Melanius Mullarkey said:

I wasn’t allowed to be left alone on a room with a woman during those 5 years.

OK, I believe you now. 

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Probably the worst one was where I got about 5 questions in without being able to give even a single word answer before I got up, thanked them for their time and made my way to the exit. Proper walls closing in feeling.

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Had an interview with Lauder college for a lab tech job. Had to wait over an hour due to a manager being late.
Went into the room and there was two managers, a lecturer, older tech and two hr women.
Felt completely intimidated and the older tech guy asked me about half a dozen times if I had used a pcb cutting lathe before. It's a very specific thing that only small scale electronic manufactures would use. On about the fifth time he asked the manager told him to stop it. I had given up by that point anyway. If that was now I would have complained and asked to leave.

Other worst experience was for a cable tv box repair company in glenrothes.
A guy I worked with before got a job there due to his cousin working there. I got a heads up that there was a test, studied old notes and passed it. Then got shown around the facility before an interview, total shithole and not even extraction for soldering etc. Got interviewed and told them i left my old workplace to better myself and get a qualification. One of them said 'well what if you want to better yourself here and decide to leave'.
I told them that I didn't think this was the type of place I would want to work in anyway to be honest. Was told to leave, no hand shakes.

Ended up with a job paying 5k more and with much better people.

Best job interview was a phone one,
hello is that D.A.F.C
yes
Listen theres a job at x, do you know anything about y.
Not really.
Can you start Monday?

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Travelled to Tow Law (it's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there). Was down to the final two. I was asked to complete a psychometric test as a formality prior to interview. About 10 minutes later a man in a white coat came and told me I wouldn't be seen, as I didn't fit the "profile". I was then escorted from the premises.

I complained to their local office, but was told there was nothing they could do. Apparently the other guy failed as well.

It was for Banks Mining, convincing locals it was a good idea to have an open cast mine in their village, in return for a swing park 10 years later.

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17 minutes ago, Sergeant Wilson said:

 

It was for Banks Mining, convincing locals it was a good idea to have an open cast mine in their village, in return for a swing park 10 years later.

Seems a fair deal to me. 

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It was a "swing park", not a "swingers' park".

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I was once ushered into a windowless office where a spotty wee git started the proceedings by asking about my experience in the field. Fair enough but given his age, it was almost certainly more than he had.

He followed up with

"So if I hired you, how long do you think it would be before you had my job?"
And no matter how many times I tried to avoid answering it "I have no idea." "I don't know the skills and experience of your current staff." "You haven't really explained what the job itself entails" etc.,

he

would

not

let

it

go.

Over and over he tried to get me to answer until eventually, I just sighed and said "I dunno, 6 months."

"Six months? Six MONTHS?" he said incredulously. "You really think you could do my job in six months!"

"Well, no" I said, getting up to leave. "Six days would probably do it."

Little toerag
 

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