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40 Of The Worst Job Interviews Ever | Start Employment

40 Of The Worst Job Interviews Ever

Funny job interview stories can involve weird questions, miscommunication, unexpected bodily functions and some of the worst answers ever heard. Job interview questions can sometimes be misconstrued and the outcomes are often the makings of a good anecdote or just plain awkward. For the benefit of those out there in the peanut gallery these job seekers and recruiters have shared their worst experiences.
We’ve curated for you a wondeful selection from across the web of job interviews gone wrong involving weird questions and some of the worst answers ever
At best, many of these will serve as examples of what not to do at an interview.

While conducting an interview the candidate asked me “Do you get many death threats?” It was an inbound call company. Selling stationery.

I had an interview at WHSmith. At the end I was asked who the most important person in the shop was. I said “Mr Smith?”

Absent-mindedly twirling my pen around, I got the ends mixed up and drew a fake beard on myself while asking questions.


A friend of mine told a customer in a mock selling exercise at a shoe shop interview that the trainers he had could repel magpies.

I watched a drunk salesman dodge lasers like a fat Tom Cruise while failing to demonstrate a burglar alarm I was supposed to sell.

My favourite was a friend who was asked what her weaknesses were. She replied, “Jazz hands!” (With accompanying gesture.)

I collected the candidate from reception. He barked at me: “Coffee, sexy. Now, where’s your boss?” I then sat down to interview him.


I interviewed one woman for an admin job who had a picture of herself on her CV. In a leopard-print bra top drinking a bottle of Bud.

I panicked when asked for my biggest weakness. Told them it was a “vague but common feeling of melancholy”. Got the job.

Realised halfway through a job interview that I’d had sex with the boss’s daughter. And he knew it, and hated me.

Given job at an interview by a bar manager. Didn’t hear. Went to see them. He’d been fired for pretending to be the manager. He’d hired three people. No jobs.


I was told by one of the members of the interview panel that I got my current job because I was “the least worst”.

Mistakenly turned up a month early for an interview at M&S. They gave me the job.

In my worst interview ever, the person interviewing me got the job.

I interviewed a guy for a programming job. He failed all the test questions, then gave me a list of ones that “I should have asked”.

Utter Disbelief

The interviewer wrote my name at top of a notebook page. Took no notes. Halfway through, crossed my name out.

I had to supply a hair sample for drugs test. When I mentioned that I’m bald they said, “We’ll just have to get it from somewhere else.”

Was asked during an interview what I had been doing that day. I told the truth: shearing sheep. I’ve never seen anyone laugh so hard.

An interview with Microsoft. I was asked if I’d change anything about them. Said, “I’d get rid of Internet Explorer.” Didn’t get the job.

shaking head

I was interviewing when an applicant gave a poor answer. Another panel member said: “This is an interview, you’re supposed to lie to us.”

After reading the results of the Myers-Briggs type test I’d just done, the interviewer started by asking me if I was all right.

A friend was interviewed for medical school. The panel asked how he handled stress. “I drink heavily. Doesn’t everyone?” Got in.

I realised I didn’t want the job. I was asked what my strengths were. I said, “Hiding, and deflecting gamma rays”


I had a female interviewer who leant forward to shake my hand. I misread the situation and kissed her on the cheek. Didn’t get the job

At the end of an interview for a promotion I was asked if I had any questions. I said, “When do I start?” Failed.

A guy filled out his application via texts from his mother. He would take a picture of the question on the app and she would text him back the answer. He took an hour to fill out a two page basic application.

Put “statutory” on the application.


I managed a smoke shop in college, and had a guy come in to apply for a job shirtless. As he filled out his application, he proceeded to ask me how to spell “statutory.”

Inappropriate work attire.

I saw a guy during his first week of training wearing jeans with air brushed on strippers.

He was told to go home.

Took a call during the interview.

Mine isn’t that bad, but I was interviewing a woman once whose phone went off during the middle of the interview. She grabs for it, so I assume she’ll just silence it and continue. Instead, she answers it and goes on to talk to her friend for about 3 minutes about random stuff (aka – not an emergency) before saying that she has to go because she’s in an interview.

Needless to say, she didn’t get the job.

Me: What’s one of your weaknesses?

Him: Well. Sometimes after lunch, I can get a little gassy.


During an interview we asked the candidate for an example of when they had to do something, which was out of their comfort zone. She replied with “On a night out last year I drank way too many shots and had to have my stomach pumped. That was really uncomfortable.”

After a nice hour-long interview with one of the best candidates, he asked if he could speak with us for a mo
I had a guy show up in a t-shirt and jeans to a developer interview. He didn’t look as if he had showered, wasn’t nervous at all, knew barely any coding, and said he couldn’t start for a month because he and his band were going on tour. We didn’t hire him.
11. A stoned applicant.BS

In high school, one of my girlfriends went in for a job at Ralphs, when asked why she wanted to work there, she responded (stoned), “I like food.” She was hired and came to be known as food girl.

I work at an investment firm where we train new financial advisers coming in from a different industry. In the first interview I asked, “Tell me what you’re doing now?” and he launched into a 10 minute tirade (I had to stop him) about how his evil boss at taco bell framed him for giving nacho’s to his friend. Didn’t make the second interview.

A brutally honest applicant.

Me: “How is your relation to alcohol? Do you drink?” Applicant: “Good! Yeah I drink, but not cause I think it tastes good, only to get drunk.”

Guy didn’t flinch. He was completely honest. I gave him the job.

I have a pile of resumes that I keep because they are absolutely hilarious. I can’t believe someone would send something like that to a company and expect to get hired. I wish I could forward them to the unemployment agency and say “stop paying this guy, he’s not trying.”

what? Alison Brie

I had one guy show up with a hat on, and big leather jacket with skulls, and jeans with patches of all the NBA teams (I work in a pretty formal environment). He sat slumped in his chair and would barely answer any questions. The whole time he was acting like I was wasting his time interviewing him. I cut it short obviously. Last time I interview someone without a phone interview first because of a “recommendation.”

I was interviewing a software engineer. The interview went ok, nothing wrong but the guy just wasn’t great. He called multiple times over the next two weeks until we made our decision, which was someone other than him. Upon learning this he got pissed and sent us a bill for his time during the interview.

Wrong answer to “give me an example of a time you had to resolve a conflict.”

Me: tell me about a time you have had to resolve a conflict Interviewee: A guy tried to start a fight with me last Friday, so I knocked his teeth out.

A co-worker and I were interviewing applicants and my co-worker asked what kind of animal they’d like to be. The applicant said a cat, because they’re sneaky and can get away with stuff.

I once interviewed a woman who kept flirting with me, touching me, telling me how she was willing to anything for this job, wink wink, etc. She was sort of attractive, but I sure as hell wasn’t interested. Then came the clincher:


Me: “What made you leave your previous position?”
Her: “My boss fired me because I gave him herpes.”

Interviewed a guy who showed up in a rock t-shirt and had goggles on his head. He smelled so bad we had to cut the interview short.

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