15 True Tales of Job Interview Embarrassment

by Evil HR Lady on March 24, 2015

Job interviews are often awful–even when we do well. Sometimes, though, we torpedo our own chances by opening our own mouths. Here are 20 true stories of interviews gone wrong:

When honesty is not the best policy

1. I once interviewed for a job as a diversity trainer. “Why do you want the job?” they asked. “Well, I’ve hated every diversity training I’ve ever been to.” I went on to explain why that was relevant, but I had already talked myself out of a job.

2. The first interview I ever had was at McDonald’s when I was 16. When asked, “Can you work under pressure?” I answered, “No.” I didn’t realize until later that that was a mistake.

To keep reading, click here: 15 True Tales of Job Interview Embarrassment

This is article 2 or 3 based on your stories. I’d love more stories, if you have them.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel March 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Thank you, Suzanne. Someday, it might be interesting to crowdsource a book of crazy employee relations stories . . . come to think of it, it would be a multi-volume endeavor because I’m more than sure we all have hair-straightening, toe-curling stories to astound!


fposte March 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

In a similar vein, there are Kerry’s wonderful Tales of the Clue Free, about her interviewing and hiring experiences, at The Clue Wagon–here’s the URL to the posts under that tag:



Daniel March 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Love it, thanks!


Beth March 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Pet wolf?


HRMantra March 26, 2015 at 7:39 am
Essay Thinker April 5, 2015 at 9:43 pm

In general, everyone learn from experiences and mistakes. But before wasting a job interview opportunity, think twice, whether you are doing big mistake of life. You are providing some important points to get rid from job interview embarrassment and win the job.


Open HRMS July 5, 2019 at 11:31 am

Great Article Suzanne, The Article is more informative and thanks for sharing.


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