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Mumsnet thread reveals cringeworthy interview blunders

Interviews are usually nerve-wracking, but if you’re afraid of making a blunder, this viral discussion is a masterclass in what not to do if you’re hoping to get the job.

People on UK parenting forum mumsnet have talked about the most horrible things candidates have done in interviews – and it makes for toe-curling reading.

The conversation started with the ‘horrifying’ story of a candidate who called people with intellectual disabilities ‘mentalists’ and said he wanted to work with them because he was ‘sure they aren’t stupid’.

Meanwhile, one poster said one candidate they sat down with fell asleep halfway through the interview, while another described an applicant who lied about being able to speak Mandarin fluently and was fumbled in the first 10 seconds.

What can go wrong in a job interview?  Well, enough, according to a thread on Mumsnet

What can go wrong in a job interview? Well, enough, according to a thread on Mumsnet

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Rule one of applying - don't lie on your resume as you could be caught embarrassingly just like this candidate did

Rule one of applying – don’t lie on your resume as you could be caught embarrassingly just like this candidate did

At the start of the discussion, a Mumsnet user described a disastrous job interview a friend told her about.

“One candidate was apparently terrible,” she explained. Kept interrupting him, threw a pile of certificates on the desk when asked about his qualification, referred to people with disabilities (it was in a disability-oriented organization) as ‘clergy’ and wanted to help them because he was sure that they were’ not stupid.

“When he got the rejection, he sent numerous emails insisting he should have been hired.

The story is so horrifying that I wonder if he was deliberately so reprehensible. For their part, I know it really happened, but could it be that he was doing this on purpose?

“So, as an interviewer, have you ever done horrible, worthless interviews?”

Since the pandemic hit, virtual interviews via Zoom have become more common, but they can be compromised by technical issues.

One poster featured an interview with a woman whose camera was pointed straight at her chest, meaning they couldn’t see her face.

But in response, “the candidate snapped and said she couldn’t do anything about it” — which didn’t make a particularly good impression on her interviewer.

Another unusual Zoom encounter was described by someone interviewing a university graduate for a part.

They wrote: ‘I applied online for a while and a young uni graduate (with incredible experience and grades) added her mother to the conversation.

“I thought it was a mistake at first and declined before her mother made contact and the candidate said, ‘Can you let my mother in? I told her she could join us.'”

The same person also interviewed a candidate whose camera was turned off and claimed it was broken.

But at the end of the conversation, they accidentally pressed the wrong button that turned the camera on and revealed they were in their robes.

They wrote: “At the end of the interview, she slides the camera up so we can see her whole face for the first and last time as she says goodbye.”

An important rule when applying for a new job is to be honest on your resume – something a candidate decided not to do with embarrassing consequences.

One poster told a story their boss told them, writing: ‘My boss had just returned to the UK after 10 years in China.

‘One resume said they spoke fluent Mandarin, so [my] boss greeted them in Mandarin and asked how the trip had been.

‘The interviewee looked completely blank. Boss tried again, slowly. Still empty. It was actually a total lie.’

When preparing for a job interview, there is one question that terrifies many candidates: telling the interviewer an interesting fact about themselves.

While it can be a tricky question to answer, most people have a fun fact up their sleeve in case the question arises – with the exception of one candidate who posts someone on the interviewed thread.

After asking the candidate to share an interesting fact, they replied, “I’m not interesting at all. I’m actually quite boring.’

Good manners and preparation are the keys to success in any interview, but some people still seem to forget these important rules.

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One person had the ultimate faux pas during their job interview and accidentally told the boss they loved them - but surprisingly it worked, as she was offered the job shortly after.

One person had the ultimate faux pas during their job interview and accidentally told the boss they loved them – but surprisingly it worked, as she was offered the job shortly after.

One poster said they once interviewed a candidate who thought she already had the part in the bag because she was friends with the person who left.

They added: “At the end of the interview, she said to my colleague, ‘My boyfriend said you were nicer than you looked and she was right’!”

Another example of rudeness was when a candidate was asked if they had any questions for the panel of interviewers.

They reportedly asked, ‘How did you get your job? I’m sure based on you I could easily be a manager in a year or two.”

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, they didn’t get the job.

Unfortunately, despite living in the 21st century, there are still men with chauvinistic attitudes walking among us, such as one woman encountered when interviewing a male candidate.

She wrote: ‘One man was obnoxious from the start, but mostly to me as a female panelist.

“I had to rephrase a fairly simple question three times before finally passing it on to one of the men who asked the original question in exactly the same terms I had used, and miraculously the candidate understood.

‘It was a women-oriented organization. He didn’t get the job.’

Some mishaps in an interview can be shocking, and others can be downright bizarre, as a poster proved.

They wrote: “My boss interviewed someone who burst into the interview. This was for an administrative job at the municipality.’

While there was nothing theatrical about the role she applied for, the candidate just wanted the interviewer to know how much she loved singing.

Everyone understands that applying for jobs is stressful and that stress can sometimes get the best of us.

But if at all possible, don’t bring it out in the middle of the interview, as one candidate apparently did.

One poster wrote: ‘I made an interviewee cry during an interview. She was fired after trying very hard to keep her department going.

“Nothing but sympathy, of course, but I never considered her candidacy any further.”

However, a poster on the thread, which featured the interviewee in the dire situation, proved that sometimes an embarrassing encounter isn’t the end of the world.

As she said goodbye to her interviewer, the candidate shook his hand and said, “Thank you very much, have a nice day, love you.”

The interviewer must have been flattered by the compliment, because they offered her the job.

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