tell me about your most embarrassing job interview! - page 2

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my friend who is a RN , went for a job interview . the person who was interviewing her asked her , now that you left your last job what would they be saying about you? she said " what do you mean?" the lady said to her well ,... Read More


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    I once interviewed at a clinic wherein I was I was given a tour of the department and introduced to a few of the doctors. That seemed like a pretty good sign to me until I was told to please come back tomorrow wearing no makeup! The interviewer told me that one of the docs thought I was too distracting.

    I was very young (19 or 20 years old) and even though I was embarrassed by this, I did as I was told and returned with no makeup.
    As I was sitting in the office, a nurse came by, looked at me with great pity, looked a the interviewer and said, "Why this? This poor girl looks dead!" I was in silent agreement with this nurse and started to feel a bit angry.
    I was told to come back again with makeup!

    Being the stubborn mule that I can be, I did indeed come back, but only because I wanted to work in the clinic and have nice hours. I suppose I also wanted to show them that I was agreeable and not easily flustered.
    So, I came back and got the job... after several folks were invited to discuss my appearance. Honestly.

    Now, I had to get my physical. I was sent to Internal Medicine (where I would be working) and I was given a physical by the doc who had found me "distracting". I have to tell you, he was a pervert and I told the interviewer this when I met with her shortly thereafter. Of course, she denied this, but even in retrospect, I still say that "physical" got weird at one point and I called the doctor on it, right there in the exam room.

    Believe it or not, I worked there one month before I got sick of that doctor and I walked out. Literally.
    Apparently, I can't even walk out of a job without it being complicated. I got to my car and had a flat tire and I could not work my jack. A nice gentleman happened by and changed it for me and I was outta there!

    To top it off, I was telling a close friend my ordeal when she burst out laughing. She had happened to be at a nearby restaurant the day I walked out. There were some clinic staff there who were guffawing over the stupid little CNA who had tried to walk out, got a flat and was too dumb to even change her own tire. My friend could not stop laughing, "It was you! It was you!".

    I promise you that I was dressed very professionally and had my hair and makeup very conservative when I did that interview. I can't explain it. It was very very strange, embarrassing and rather demoralizing... but I have a good sense of humor and laugh about it now.
    Last edit by Hygiene Queen on Jan 16, '13 : Reason: missing words
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    I had a friend who interviewed for a job at an insurance company as a nurse and had an unexpected menstrual flood when she stood up to take the tour of the office. Helluva mess, but she made light of it, said it was a good thing she was going to be working with nurses, and kept cool. She got the job.
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    Here is a bad manners one:

    Interviewing for a GI office/lab. Was brought into a break room that was the size of a thimble. You know the kind. Where the table fills the entire space and you can't pull out any of the chairs much to sit down, you need to climb into them pretty much. So. I go in and move towards the window - climbing over chairs and shifting chairs over to take a place at the far side of the table, so if more people came in, I wouldn't have to awkwardly climb over and into another chair. So I do this and straighten my suit and put my purse down and I hear the NM say, "do you want some coffee?", I say "sure" but notice without looking up that she does not move at all. So, suddenly I understand that I am to get my own coffee. I look up and see her on the other side of the table sucked up against the counter standing next to the coffee pot but not pouring any coffee or getting me a cup even. LOL!!!! I stand up carefully and have to climb over and around 5 chairs and table to get to her and ask her where the cups are etc. get my cup filled. Then, I reach across the table and set the cup down with a thud at the spot at the table I was previously sitting. I climb back over all those chairs back to my seat. See, the whole time I was not even an arms length away from her and she offer's me coffee, knows the room problems and makes me crawl.

    How rude! Manners peeps! Needless to say she was a mess. She even told me that I was probably overqualified for this job (I was a new grad nurse!!) and that she thought that I should go back to doing what I used to do careerwise because if she could get out of nursing she'd love to do that kind of thing!
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    OMG Hygiene! That is awful!
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    Hygiene I'm sure it was a blessing in disguise. I'm sure other people were uncomfortable around the pervert doctor too but didn't say anything.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    I interviewed for a job at a copy shop. At the time, I was having serious sleep problems. When I went for my interview, I'd been awake for 35 hours. I got a large coffee at the shop next door and did the interview. I was appropriately dressed, and acted as professional as I could, but I didn't get the job. Looking back, I probably came off as drunk.
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    This was an interview in which I felt embarrassed FOR the person I was interviewing! First, she came in jeans and a tank top and her hair was tied in a knot on the top of her head, like she'd just gotten out of bed. Strike 1 for first impression! I asked her why she had left her last job after only 3 months. Her response to me was that the DON "had it in for her" because she had missed a few days and it was made a big deal out of because she had really been sick. Strike 2-Attendance problem After we discussed the expectation for attendance, this girl topped it off by telling me that she would really make an effort but sometimes she had trouble with her car and her boyfriend didn't always want to "babysit" their child. Strike 3!! I thanked her for coming but told her I would need someone who could make a commitment and stick to it and invited her to reapply when and if she were able to do that! Talk about what NOT to say at an interview!!
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    Quote from Nascar nurse
    I was the interviewer, interviewing a RN. The lady was middle aged, very polite, professional and was very classy looking in her skirt. I offered to give her a tour of the facility mid interview. She stood up and her slip immediately fell all the way to the ground - pooling around her ankles. Quicker than a blink of an eye she grabbed her slip, threw it in her purse and said "Yea, me! My weight loss plan is working good" and was ready to go on with the tour. She never missed a beat and the entire thing didn't seem to fluster her at all.

    What a way to prove you can handle pressure! I hired her that day.
    I think this is hysterical, something that would definitely happen to me!
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    This is an old red head friend of mine on her first interview:

    Interviewer " of you were a type of food what would you be and why?"

    Friend "ummm.....a carrot, cuz they're orange and fluffy"
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    I was having a great interview and two of the buttons on my dress popped off. I did NOT get the job....LOL!


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