Job interviews are tough to be good at. Even when you've done them a few times, every hiring manager seems to have a different way of psyching you out, and the mutual awkwardness can be enough to doom the entire situation.

You might not like job interviews, but at least you've got plenty of company!

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1. Sometimes hiring managers go full method.

1. Sometimes hiring managers go full method.
Twitter |  @Garden_Goddesss

For the aspiring Daniel Day-Lewises out there, the best way to test the mettle of a hiring candidate is to toss them right into the deep end.

2. "Calling Officer Mysogynist to the HR department."

2. "Calling Officer Mysogynist to the HR department."
Twitter |  @RealKristiKalis

Maybe Kristi didn't get the job, but maybe the guy who interviewed her is stuck doing campus police work because of his garbage attitude.

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3. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

3. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Twitter |  @LoriMMiller

Your wardrobe is never as important as it is on job interview day. So learn from Lori: If you're flying in for an interview, pack some backup clothes.

4. Not sure who this one reflects badly on.

4. Not sure who this one reflects badly on.
Twitter |  @racerabbit

Depending on the words, and whether they're actually words or not, this could make the interviewer or the interviewee look like a dummy.

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5. "You can't not hire me, I never wanted it to begin with!"

5. "You can't not hire me, I never wanted it to begin with!"
Twitter |  @Lisa_from_SoCal

It's frustrating when people mess up meet-up times, but c'mon — if you're going to a job interview, it probably means you kinda sorta need that job.

6. Not sure what's going on here...

6. Not sure what's going on here...
Twitter |  @Y2K8theGrrrrrr8

...but it doesn't sound good. Katelyn, you're at a job interview! Get off the cake! Why is a pot of water even involved? Focus!

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7. Just explain the situation.

7. Just explain the situation.
Twitter |  @HepatitisAtoZ

Once the interviewer understands that you're only scattering glass shards all over the office because you just broke into a car, you're sure to get the job.

8. At least they were honest, I guess.

8. At least they were honest, I guess.
Twitter |  @spideypencil

It takes the pressure off a little bit, but it would be pretty annoying to be told this after psyching yourself up and prepping for the interview.

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9. Red flag number one: Wanting to work in a morgue.

9. Red flag number one: Wantingto work in a morgue.
Twitter |  @travessty

Of course you want morgue workers to respect the dead. Loving the dead? Wanting to work with the dead? I don't know...

10. I don't see how you failed.

10. I don't see how you failed.
Twitter |  @mylesdoespoems

I mean, there are two types of people in the world: those who love doggos, and absolute monsters. And really, who wants to work for an absolute monster?

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11. When you're hungry, you're hungry.

11. When you're hungry, you're hungry.
Twitter |  @DavidLewisHR

Really though, after 31 years in HR I'd expect stories that are way more cringey than this one. Still, this is a great way to not get hired.

12. *Hums Mission: Impossible theme*

12. *Hums Mission: Impossibletheme*
Twitter |  @1impossible_grl

Who hasn't dreamed of being a spy? It might not be MI6, but every super spy has to get their start everywhere — even if it's at a mid-sized cubicle farm.

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13. That's a reasonable enough reaction.

13. That's a reasonable enough reaction.
Twitter |  @porterfolio

It's pretty stressful when someone dissects everything you say. When they start diagramming your sentences — whatever that even entails — it'd be hard not to get a little flustered.

14. I don't think this one actually happened.

14. I don't think this one actually happened.
Twitter |  @SortaBad

Yes, it's fun to be dark and edgy, but do it on your own time. When it's time for your job interview, you need to be bright and earnest.

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15. At least there was an attempt.

15. At least there was an attempt.
Twitter |  @RaleighNC_Chick

This one gets to me. Her interview might have gone totally perfectly, but the screw-up happened when she went the extra mile. The lesson? Don't make any extra effort.

16. Sometimes, for a glorious moment, a fail becomes a win.

16. Sometimes, for a glorious moment, a fail becomes a win.
Twitter |  @JobeLeonard

Take solace from this story. There are a lot of different directions job interviews can go in. Sometimes, believe it or not, you'll actually get hired.

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