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Twitter Users Share Their Worst Interview Horror Stories

Interviewing for jobs is like a full-time job in and of itself. And honestly, way more stressful. The pressure, the anxiety, the sweating, the fear of eye contact. Wait -- that's not your experience? Whatever your interviewing habits, we're sure they haven't all been positive. Twitter user Harriet Williamson had that same hunch. She asked her followers to share their worst-ever job interview stories, and boy are some of them wild. They almost rival the weird date tweets we talked about earlier this week. Most of all, we hope none of this stuff happens to us. 

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    Text - Amy Dillon @amydillon Senior week in college. I was horribly hungover & it was for a job in finance, which I knew nothing about. Limped through. Next morning, at brunch, was loudly re-enacting the bad interview to friends. Man at the next table lowers his newspaper, and...it's my interviewer. Harriet Williamson O @harriepw 1d Twitter, what's the worst job interview you've ever had? 8:20 PM · 1/17/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Milly Thomas O @missmillythomas Replying to @harriepw I walked up the stairs to the very top and met the woman. I thought she was gesturing to the door ahead of her so I walked over, opening it and went inside. It was a storage cupboard. She stood there and watched. 7:33 AM · 1/16/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Mark Davis @mgtd76 Replying to @harriepw Once called in sick in order to go for an interview only to find my current boss had done exactly the same and was sitting in the waiting area. Neither of us got the gig. 10:24 AM · 1/16/20 · Twitter for Android
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    Text - Sam Cleasby @so_bad_ass Replying to @harriepw I went to an interview really hungover, when the interviewer came to meet me and show me to the room, she held out her hand guiding the way. In my hungover state, I stood up and held her hand! Both of us were too embarrassed to let go so walked to the interview room hand in hand. 3:20 PM · 1/16/20 · Twitter for Android
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    Text - Mara @Mara_Webster Replying to @harriepw I till live for this video of a guy who was interviewing for an IT job at the @BBC and was mistaken for an expert guest and ended up on air, handled it like a boss but apparently didn't get the job
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    Text - Alex @efcde1878 Replying to @harriepw Tinterviewed with a hedge fund who asked why I didn't have an internship my first summer of college. Answer: my Nana was in a coma and I was | caring for her. They then asked, I shit you not, "so your career doesn't come first?" I asked to end the interview there and then 1:14 PM · 1/16/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Sam Ma'ayan @SamMaayan Replying to @harriepw 1. As an interviewer: 1. For a children's charity, candidate was banned from contact with children. 2. Candidate found out their friend died in the Zimbabwe mall terrorist attack mid interview. 3. Candidate farted loudly then burst into tears from embarrassment 1:00 PM · 1/16/20 · Twitter for Android
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    Text - Katie Beech @KatieBeech Replying to @harriepw Me: "So why has this position opened up now?" Him: "Well after my dad gave me the job I decided to get rid of all former staff" I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING 7:33 AM - 1/16/20 · Twitter for Android
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    Text - Mike Bebernes @mikebebernes BEANS Replying to @harriepw Not me, but a friend's teenage son had an interview at a burger restaurant for what would have been his first job. The interviewer asked "what's one word that best describes you." Extremely nervous, he chose the first word his flustered mind could come to: "erotic" 7:25 PM · 1/16/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Dr Hilary Murray @artboxhill Replying to @harriepw .decided to study interview tips: l'd read a firm handshake & not looking away from the interviewer showed enthusiasm. Guy walks in, I walk over to him shake his hand firmly & (walking back to seat) NEVER DROP MY INTENSE GAZE FROM HIS EYES till he sat down. He was terrified. 10:17 AM · 1/16/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Karl @hahbrilliant ere i cme to Replying to @harriepw I interviewed for a chain restaurant when i first moved to london. It was a group interview that involved writing and singing a song in front of other candidates, as well as proving you could stay calm under pressure by playing jenga. I walked out and have never eaten there. 12:45 PM · 1/16/20 · Twitter for Android
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    Text - Bruce Johnston @BrucePhable Replying to @harriepw For a charity in West London. 30 of us put through a 2 day marathon of embarrassing role play activities and amateur dramatics. The final 10 then got an Andrew Neil style grilling in front a 4 man panel. Salary was £16k. 9:09 AM - 1/16/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - quitedo @q1t3d0 Replying to @harriepw Got date wrong, ended up at interview after dentist. Arrived late and flustered. 2-page questionnaire to fill in. Stabbed finger lifting staple to read 2nd sheet. Tried to drink coffee with numb mouth. Came into interview slurring, dribbling coffee and dripping blood. Got job. 9:14 AM · 1/16/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Bob Bob Bob @NebraskaBobert Replying to @harriepw IT job at a law firm. Him: you're currently at a law firm. why law firms? Me: interesting ppl. Take your firm: T Boone Pickens is a client. Him, condescending: well, its not appropriate to divulge client names My mouth before brained engaged: well take it off your website then 4:00 PM · 1/16/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Evie Gaughan @evgaughan - 1d I went for a job at a gaming company where I was interviewed by the manager AND HIS DOG!! He said if the dog liked me, l'd get the job. 9 94 277 190 Sara Grainger @srdgxxx Replying to @evgaughan and @harriepw I do not see the problem here. 12:57 AM · 1/17/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Skidz @1892_Skidz · 1d Replying to @harriepw I had to do an interview for a guy who applied to work for me. He turned up in trackies, with his dad in tow. The guy couldn't understand the questions, and kept asking his dad for help. The father didn't speak English. After about 5 minutes, the kids mother turned up to help out 52 Skidz @1892_Skidz · 1d She'd been sat in the car waiting for them, but they called her to help. Ended up with the four of us in this poky office, and I'm asking the
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    Text - laura holliday @laurahday Replying to @harriepw Ihad a trial shift (unpaid, of course) at a bar once where the first thing I did was cut myself while slicing a lemon and later on broke an entire tray of glasses including one falling over a mans head. Midway through the shift they started to call the other candidates. 1/16/20 · Twitter for iPhone 9:08 AM
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    Text - Liam Doyle @Doyle_liam 1d Replying to @harriepw Had an interview at a recruitment company 15 years ago where the angry manager started shouting at me 'we have people here who have climbed mount kilimanjaro, what have you ever achieved?' He looked like his diet was 50% steroids and 50% cocaine Q2 210 lydia_petze @lydia_petze · 19h Was climbing Mt Kilamanjaro in the job description lol 32
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    Text - Archbishop Hairyman @chiefhairy.. · 1d Replying to @harriepw I arrived for an interview to see the building I was trying to enter was cordoned off as someone had been murdered outside. It involved a row between people i would potentially be working with. The interview took place in a cafe. I got the job, and stayed for 8 years! 101 cori @corialias · 1d A position had just opened up 196
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    Text - Rich @token_salad Replying to @harriepw Had a job interview for some sort of electricity supplier and for some reason panicked and told them it was me who'd invented the Cineworld Unlimited card. 9:18 AM - 1/16/20 · Twitter Web App
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