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Worst interview stories? Had one so appalling today that I can only laugh. The vibe died the moment we locked eyes. Relief is knowing that we never have to see each other again on this sweet earth.

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I shit y’all not: I was once flown to an interview along with my partner and when we showed up, they didn’t know who was supposed to interview us, and then, after sitting and waiting in a conference room for half an hour, someone came back and told us that the two people who were supposed to interview us were out of town. One was at a shoot and the other one on vacation. Then they told us that they were gonna find someone else who could interview us. I could not fucking believe it. So then a CD from a different team came and interviewed us, being rude as fuck as if we were taking up her valuable time. Lunchtime came around and she said she was hungry and I guess felt obligated to take us out to lunch, but she just took us to the shittiest dinky place next door with a bad salad bar and buffet pizza. We had to ask for a cab ride back to the airport. Never heard back from anyone there, including the people who were supposed to interview us but were out of town. About a year later, the agency closed its doors.

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It was a multicultural shop in Texas owned by Publicis called Bromley.

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Ok last one for the night: in my very very early days when I was just figuring out how to get into advertising I went to a job fair and was asked to come to a job interview the next week where I would see first hand a day of advertising. I was psyched and dressed up in a suit, drove myself there and parked at a non-descript office park. In the waiting area were other people that I recognized from the job fair and in the internal room we could hear a group of people chanting (think frat party). The meeting let out and it was revealed that they were our mentors for the day. They were the sales team and I was paired with a newly minted 19 year old salesperson who was going to drive me around the neighborhood in her car. She parked on a random street and we went door to door pitching coupons to the local pizza place!! In the rain. By the end of the block I told her this was not what I expected and could she please take me back to the office and my car. She sighed and asked if I could wait until after lunch because that would cut into her numbers for the day. I did not wait until after lunch.

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I went to the dentist 5 hours prior to my interview, so that it would be all good by then. Unfortunately, the dental work did not go as planned and they had to do a lot, for a long time, and do a lot of numbing shots. As I was leaving, half of my face was extremely numb, even my skull. I walked for about 30 min to the place, to give myself time to chill (it was a nice warm day). We got to the interview, she was very excited to meet me, proceed telling me all about the role and the company. Then it was my turn. I did this so many times by now, I started going on autopilot and give a well prepared speech on why I’m so amazing at what I do, and I realize that only half the words I’m pronouncing are coming out ...then I see her face go from curious to completely disgusted... I look down and see that I am drooling all over on my own resume.

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Hahaha that is amazing

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When the person walking me up the the department head’s office said, “don’t take this seriously, he’s a total jerk so just let it go and you’ll be fine! He’s not involved day to day anyway!" He was, indeed, a total and complete jerk, so I withdrew my application. Not long after this, he was fired, along with some junior staff who had helped/enabled him to commit fraud- Including the guy who walked me up to his door.

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Twists and turns with every sentence

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I really have too many that seem unbelievable but the most legendary one was when a full piece of ceiling paneling actually fell on the person I was meeting with. He was covered in debris and a little got on my suit too but he tried to go on as if nothing happened. I took that as a bad sign.

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This is too funny. The place was literally falling apart.

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I come from abroad. Once a recruiter asked me out of the blue if my parents still lived in my home country. I said "yes, would you please tell me why that question matters?" She said: "because I want to know how commited youd be to the position. In your case, you may have to travel for family emergencies and IDK if that would work." IM DEAD SERIOUS. Basically they told me that if my parents died (knock on wood) and I had to fly out, it would be inconvenient to them. Ugh. I thanked her for her time and I havent spoken to that agency ever again.

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Wow, totally unreasonable. At least you have a clear sign of what that place will be like. Unfortunately there’s agencies where you’ll likely NOT be considered if you don’t live on the west side in LA because of traffic and their working hours demands.

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I had the weirdest interview a few years ago. The recruiter literally told me that she is known for picking good candidates so please do a good job and don’t embarrass her??? Who says that? It’s not as if she was doing me a favor or I knew her...never met her prior to that incident of an interview. The interviewers were just as bad. The agency’s name rhymes with Verizon 😂😂

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This was years ago, in a different city, but I never forgot it: after meeting with a few people, they sent me to talk to HR. The HR lady and I clicked, we were having a great conversation. After a while, she said “can I be honest? You don’t want to work here, this place is not what it seems to be. Don’t apply!”

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I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m in an interview that isn’t conversational I panic. It’s a nightmare when an interviewer exclusively fires questions rather than talks (which feels more like I’m at war than at an interview).

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That’s a hard and fast sign that it isn’t for you. To echo others, it’s as much about them as it is you. You’re bringing your own talent and perspective, the right place will recognize it and make you feel welcome and wanted.

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I once had an interview client-side on “take your child to work” day and the interviewer’s children kept coming in the room during the interview asking to borrow money for a soda at the vending machine, etc. I thought I was being punked

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At the end of the interview I shook his hand and said goodbye to the kids too

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Few years back, I had one of those multi-interviewer day long affairs. Person 2 told me to go “Round the corner, up the stairs and you’ll see Jesse.” So I went round the corner (spoiler alert: wrong corner) and the only stairs I could see were the industrial stairwell. As the door clicked shut behind me, I realized that this was incorrect. But with no keycard, it was too late. I didn’t want to go down in history as the “crazy banging on the door and yelling interviewee,” so I did the sensible thing and: Ran. Down. 41. Floors. In. Heels. Instead I became the “lost, panting, sweaty hair, frantic interviewee.” Big victory.

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Oh man this might be my nightmare

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I went with my HR team to interview on a college campus for aspiring ad peeps. I had one CW hopeful that I chatted with. I asked him what his favorite ad was. He proceeded to sort of force himself to start crying because the ad “made him so emotional”. I asked him to show it to me. It was a Dick’s sporting goods ad with a bunch of high schoolers playing football. Very strange.

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Omg this killed me 😂

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one time I had my own referral come in and meet my team - trying to help them find a solid gig after a bunch of freelance work... they proceeded to bash their previous employer the entire interview, and bash their female colleagues for being 'hot' and getting better work. it was so embarrassing and heartbreaking. I wish I wasnt invited to see the implosion. pro tip: politely decline being present in the group interview for your own referrals. otherwise they may feel too comfortable and say crazy shit. 😬

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More importantly, be very thoughtful about who you refer to in the first place. It's your reputation too in a way and your judgement of character

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I did a Skype interview for a prominent LA agency. I was on the East Coast so the interview started at 7:30pm. It was with a CD team and it began 20 min late due to some technical difficulties on their end. We chatted for a few minutes when all of a sudden someone entered the office and muttered some inaudible bad news. The two CDs said, “Sorry, we’ll be right back!” I waited by my computer for a half hour, then left to go watch TV. Two hours later I hear a voice coming from my computer. I walk over to it and it’s some random person who says, “Sorry Steven, we’ll have to reschedule.” My name isn’t even close to Steven, nor did I ever hear from them or the agency ever again.

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(Context: I’m F) Last week I had someone ask if I had kids. (No.) Then say “And you graduated in... ‘06? So, pretty much a no going forward too huh?”

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Anyone notice the trend on this thread that typical male nightmare interview is being made to wait/inconvenienced and common female nightmare is being systematically profiled with illegal and biased gender- based questions?

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As a junior designer, I took a lunch break to go from our office in Manhattan to interview at that super-cool-agency-spun-from-a-magazine, in Brooklyn. Interviewer kept me waiting for 45 mins before taking me into the room where she proceeded to tell me about how she was on a juice cleanse and couldn’t concentrate. I start to go through my portfolio before she stops me to call her assistant to get her a sandwich. End: Juice cleanse. We continue talking and she loves my work, asks to invite her colleague in who will be co-managing the role. Dude walks in, clearly high on cocaine (it’s 2pm) and then uses our time to tell us about his upcoming naked ayahuasca ceremony that is taking place over the upcoming holiday weekend. Nevertheless, they told me I was so right for the role that I should go chat to Dave in HR about the company’s benefits. Never heard from them again.

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I was verbally offered a job by at least three people on the same day at this same agency....then 2 weeks later received a template email saying “thanks so much for meeting us, hope it all works out for you.” I guess we both dodged a bullet knowing everything that has gone down there! 🤜🤛

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Had an information interview with a Head of HR. He was over an hour late and then tried to pick a fight with me. When I didn’t argue, he called me “account barbie”. I have blonde hair and blue eyes. Phoned me the next day to say he might have crossed a line...ya, you think!

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I once drove 5 hours to meet with a well-respected (and all male) CD team. They literally made a boner joke in my interview. Absolutely picked apart my portfolio and discussed a candidate they’d rather hire while I was still sitting right across from them. Literally cried on the way home lmfao. Almost reconsidered the industry after that one

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OK, here’s my worst. In the middle of me answering the interviewer’s, question, he fell asleep! It’s not like I was going on and on, It was a one-sentence answer! tried to make some noise and he woke up embarrassed. Obviously, I didn’t get—nor did I want— that job!

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Was this at The Richards Group with Stan? 😂

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One time the guy (CEO) who interviewed me walked me out and offered me a cigarette...

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what type of interview was that 🤣😭🙈

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