tell me about your most embarrassing job interview!

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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 , would they be saying your mean , or rude or will they say your bad to work with and on and on. well she said she sat there stumped not knowing what to say. then said i always thought they liked me and the lady said " well what are they saying? she said i don't know and started crying. the poor girl had no idea what this lady wanted her to say. then the lady said " all i wanted to know what are your strengths and weaknesses? the girl said to her why didn't you just ask that? i felt so bad for her. i told her ya know what ,that was a stupid question. i have never been asked that in a interview have you? she said she doubts she will get the job . i said so what big deal. tell me about your embarrassing interview !! thank you !!
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    My worst job interview was when the interviewer asked me if I was married or had kids as it is always more difficult to accommodate the schedule needs of nurses with families.
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    I had just quit smoking the day before and my head wasn't quite right, a little head in the clouds feeling and couldn't quite think out any good answers for the interviewers. Long story short, at the end of the interview they asked if I would come in for a on the job interview that they liked to do for those people who didn't interview well in the office. I didn't end up going and had a cigarette after I left.
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    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.
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    I had a one-on-one interview for a CNA job while I was in nursing school. The interviewer asked me something along the lines of "Tell me about a difficult situation and how you managed to over come it". The only thing I could think of was how a few days earlier I had lost my keys somewhere but managed to break into my locked house by lifting up the back screen door off the track. I immediately blushed and said something "like oops sorry I know it was supposed to be nursing related but that's the first thing that popped into my head!" I didn't think I would get the job because of my stupid answer sounding criminal, but I did! I worked for them as vacation relief that summer!
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    I had one interview for a non medical position where I stared at the wall for what felt like 5 minutes before answering the question. I was like drawing a total blank. My mind had nothing in it. I could feel myself turning red. I finally answered something and figured I would t hear back but I did!

    "No day but today"
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    I nailed the first half of my interview, then they asked me, "What do you know about this position?" The question was so simple it was stupid but I choked, literally, I sweat through my clothes, and I couldn't talk (like in bad dreams). I almost passed out. I started saying really stupid things that I have blocked out of my memory because they are too embarrassing to remember. Needless to say I didn't get the job but I did eventually end up getting that position at a later time.
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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.
    The exact same thing happened to someone while I was interviewing them! The applicant was VERY flustered. I suggested she pick it up ... and I escorted her to the nearest bathroom so that she could put it on again (or not) in private.

    She didn't get the job -- but the slip falling off incident was not the reason.
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    I was interviewing for an IM and he was very stern and monopolized the interview for what seemed for-eva! He really was acting weird. I sat there, and looked at my hands resting on my portfolio on my lap and decided I'd say that I had to get to another appointment and just get up and leave if he didn't cut it out. Just then, I heard him say, "'cause you COULD KILL SOMEONE!!!!" with such theatrics and all, he even took off his glasses and leaned forward and scowled for effect.

    Puh-Puh-lease, seriously?

    I took one look at him and couldn't help but snicker and shake my head. I really was going to get up and leave. But then, he stopped and kind of looked stunned, then he set his glasses down on his desk, and rubbed his eyes and immediately calmed down. The rest of the interview was better, until... he asked for references and when I spoke of a doc I had worked for, and that I would text this doc to let him know if he was going to call (beyond the ref letter I provided) so that he would be sure to answer this important call, I got, "I DO NOT TEXT!!!!!!!!" I had to calm him by saying that this doc has instructed me to text him, and that I didn't mean for him to do the texting, UGH.

    Needless to say I did not pursue that one.... hey, I'd need him to keep it together for a simple interview folks. Turns out I saw him post new ads every month or two. Yup.
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    I interviewed a nurse for a position once who had on false eyelashes. They were extremely long and I didn't think they were appropriate and neither was her attire. I guess she thought I was a male because of my nickname and she wore a very short skirt and a low cut blouse to the interview. She also had on a bunch of makeup and too much perfume. She looked surprised when I met her in the lobby. But anyway I was asking her the standard questions and her eyelash came off. She got up and ran out of my office, ran to the nurses station, and asked where the bathroom was. She returned and was flustered for the rest of the interview. But she wasn't hired because of other reasons.

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