career Launch AUG 15, 2015

Worst Interview Mistake I’ve Witnessed

I started this blog to help college students avoid the mistakes I made, as well as witnessed, during the job search process.


Me (during interview): “If I were to talk to your best friend, what is the worst thing she would say about you?”


Finalist for Job: “That I can get out of control. One time, while at a bar, I was so drunk I tried to pick up an entire group of baseball players ...”


And she continued her story. And wouldn’t stop. Oh God, she wouldn’t stop.


Sadly, it got worse. Since this was a final interview, my boss at the time was sitting in the interview as well. He tried to stop her (my ability to speak had been taken from me by her answer) and she talked over him to finish her story.


Every question, no matter how innocuous-sounding is about getting the measure of you as a person or employee. Never ... ever ... ever forget you are being interviewed. We try to put you at ease, make you comfortable, forget you are being interviewed, so we can get to know the real you. The finalist viewed us as buddies and let her guard down. Bad move. Last I heard, this talented designer was working in fast food.


Mistake Scale: Thank You, Please Drive Through