Sometimes during a job interview, you just know it’s a bad fit. I remember one interview I had where I was certain it would be a bad idea to take the job. I accepted it anyway, and I was right…the job sucked. Money is a harsh mistress…
These 20 folks from AskReddit recall the exact moment when they knew the job they were interviewing for would be a no-go.
I had the worst interview ever. It was a husband and wife duo furniture design company. She said as the front desk person/ designer I would have to “keep track and take care of her husband.” This was before the husband interview portion where he asked me questions like: are you married and do you have children? Are you healthy? We don’t want people with kids because they always have issues and we don’t have health insurance. Then he offers me 20k. I have a masters degree.
2. NO THANKS!
Me: “What are your actual hours? Like, if I looked at your employee sign in/sign out book, what would I see?”
Employer: “Well, um…we work hard, but we try to be reasonable, and…”
(I glance over at the rows of desks. They’re full of people. It’s 7:15 pm)
Employer: “We also have an office-wide conference call every Wednesday night at 9PM with our main office in…”
She asked me who I voted for. “Isn’t that illegal?” “You tell me and you’ll start tomorrow” I just left after that comment.
4. Bad Sign
She told me that the team i would be working with had a lot of interpersonal issues to the point where they couldn’t fill out their own schedule without someone from HR mediating. Later on in the interview I asked her why she liked working there, which prompted a long awkward silence followed by a half-assed response.
Was being interviewed by a large west coast search engine company several years ago. One of the interviewers noticed I had a thick southern accent and asked where I was from. I said Kentucky, and he asked me if it was true that a lot of people from there marry their cousins and if anyone in my family had done that. He was dead serious and wouldn’t move on until I answered. I said no, and he looked at me like he didn’t believe me. Super awkward.
In the next interview (that guys boss) he asked how my other interviews had gone so I mentioned the remark, and he seemed very put off that I brought it up. Interview went really cold after that. Got a call from them a week later and said I wouldn’t be offered a job. A month later they called me back and asked if I was still interested and I declined.
I forget the actual wording, but he said something about how everyone who worked there hated him and was out to get him, and he wanted to make sure I would take his side.
Interview for a transcriptionist job, me with 20 years experience, I had just moved to a new town. Older lady gives me the test tape and says it’s timed, and I shouldn’t feel bad if I can’t finish it all in an hour. I type up the five very short and medically easy reports in about 15 minutes, that includes proofreading them and checking to make sure that was all of them (?) I tell her I’m finished and she’s all flustered ‘already?’ and goes and has a confab with another older woman. They acted like I must have cheated somehow and I leave, never hear back.
Got a call from them six months later (I would have starved to death by then) asking if I was still interested. Nope. Interviewed at Kaiser Permanente for the same kind of job, was hired immediately at top wage based on my experience, not ‘starting’ wage like most places do it. KP is a good place to work in my honest opinion.
8. “…but we encourage it…”
“We don’t force you to do overtime, but we encourage it. I was here at midnight on new years eve”
This was for a web developer position and he actually looked smug about it, like this was a no brainer. I mean, it was, but not in the way he thought.
9. Conflict of Interest
Applied for a second part time job to pick up some extra hours. Was told in the interview that I would have to quit my first job (completely unrelated area and both are part of the local university) because it was a “conflict of interest”. My primary job is management in charge of 350 people. Made that choice pretty damn easy for me.
Interviewing at Freebirds (restaurant) I was asked, “We believe there’s a lot behind a name. Do you know where the name Led Zeppelin comes from?” Well, I’m a big fan of rock music, “Sure, it’s named ironically, because a zeppelin is a flying machine, but a ‘lead’ zeppelin wouldn’t take flight-”
Supervisor: “Actually, Led Zeppelin was named after the gym teacher of the founding members. He didn’t believe in them, and they knew they were going to be a success. Not only that, but this restaurant is named after one of their songs.”
Me: “Hmm. Yeah, I thought Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote Free Bird.”
Supervisor: “No. And I really recommend you do your research to get to know the company if we do end up offering you a position.”