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JOB SEARCH / FEB. 03, 2016
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5 Scary Job Search Stories That Will Make You Cringe

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Searching for a job can be a frustrating experience, but I can guarantee that for some it is much worse. While employers do have a hard time dealing with jobseekers who are being rude to them or have high expectations as far as it concerns the job interview, most of the times it’s candidates who have to go through hell before they can get a job.

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The following stories from jobseekers will make you jump from your seat but will also help you review your own job search experience and see that it could be worse. So, here are some of the most unbelievably scary job interview stories that went terribly wrong:

1. Small Chance of Rain

It was a rainy day, and the old office building started leaking. While it wasn’t the ideal place – or time to conduct an interview, the recruiter decided to go through it anyway while looking for a candidate to fill the position of administrative assistant.

The interview was going well when the ceiling suddenly started collapsing. Not long after the wall had cracked, the interviewer heard the huge splashing noise of the rain of water landing on the job candidate who was sitting just where a hole in the roof had opened up. After getting a cold shower with her interview suit on, the candidate clearly got discouraged and as she left the office wet, ashamed and probably irritated, she told the interviewer she was no longer interested in the job. Well, who can blame her right?

2. It’s Written in the Stars

When employers are unsure about your suitability for a job they won’t usually ask you for your zodiac sign. But, this happened to a candidate who had just finished an hour-long interview which seemed to have gone well. Little did he know, though, that the employer was going to ask the candidate to send him his astrological sign along with his salary requests and three references. The employer explained that this was their recruitment procedure, and it helped them determine if the candidate would be a good match with the other employees. Crazy, right?

3. Your Resume is Sick

After spending hours creating a resume that would get him a job, this candidate was anxious to hear back from recruiters. But when he tried to send his resume to a potential employer, he received an email back that said: “Your resume is infected with a virus and has been quarantined.” After this, he abandoned all hope with this one in particular. Just like he said, ‘a person cannot recover from an infected resume. I did not pursue the position further.’ Perhaps, this was for his own good.

4. The Two Creepy Interviewers

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So, a guy walks into the interview room and meets two recruiters. The skinny one looked okay at first but then started acting weird doing things like leaning in and had his nose within touching distance of the candidate’s neck. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also eating a sandwich, and the crumbs were falling off on his shoulder.  

The other guy didn’t say anything apart from requesting to see the candidate’s IC, driver’s license, a photograph of his next-of-kin, his birth and Baptism certificate and wanted to know which kindergarten he attended. The interviewers must have suspected that the candidate was a foreigner and was there without a work permit, but that doesn’t really excuse their behaviour. I mean how weird is that? This experience is definitely one you don’t want to go through.

5. The Scariest of Them All

After completing half of the ten-page long questionnaire at the pre-interview stage, this candidate felt ready to meet the employer for an interview. But as soon as the guy walked into the interview room he didn’t know he was about to face his biggest nightmare, and I am only talking about the interviewer. The candidate says that the recruiter was wearing some ‘ridiculous looking suit with tennis shoes and showing off a shiny keychain that said ‘Hyundai’ and acted like he was doing him a favour’ by meeting him. The man clearly wanted to show how busy he was.

But right there on the spot, the recruiter got furious throwing the half-completed questionnaire on the table and started yelling - telling the candidate that he was a loser and had no future. When the candidate admitted he made a mistake coming in, the employer called him an “a-hole” and walked out. Well, talking about being arrogant and rude.

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These poor candidates didn’t see any of this coming when they first agreed to meet the employers for the interview. They just wanted a job… Does any of this sound familiar to you? What’s the worst job search experience you’ve ever had? Let me know in the comments section below!

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